CAUGHT IN THE NET
Three actresses, three children’s rooms, 10 days and 2,458 sexual predators. An experiment that shines an urgent light on the taboo subject of the abuse of children on the internet. Three over-18 actresses with very young appearances are tasked with pretending they are 12 on fake social network profiles. In faithful copies of children’s rooms created in a film studio they chat and Skype with men of all ages who have searched for and contacted them online. The documentary delivers the gripping drama of the protagonists playing “12-year-old girls” from casting to face to face meetings with predators (watched by security and six hidden cameras). Predatory tactics are gradually turned against perpetrators and hunters become the hunted.
Barbora Chalupová is part of the new generation of Czech filmmakers and another FAMU graduate. Her films include Arms Ready (2016), Equality Theory (2017), On the Edge (2018) and Real (E)State (2019), about the housing crisis for young people. Her next film, A New Oath, will look at same-sex marriage, and she is currently researching a film about the spread of misinformation.
A graduate of the famous FAMU school’s Documentary department, Vít Klusák co-directed Czech Dream with Filip Remunda, and co-founded Hypermarket Film to produce creative documentaries. Subsequent films include Czech Peace (2010), the award-winning All for the Good in the World and Nošovice (2010), Matrix AB (2015) and The White World According to Daliborek (2017). He has four children and lives in Prague.
Festivals and awards
CPH DOX 2020
Bergen Film Festival 2020
Caught in the Net (doc.)
Director: Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák
Country: Czech Republic
Cast: Tereza Těžká, Anežka Pithartová, Sabina Dlouhá
Production: Hypermarket Film
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