We Have Never Been Modern


64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

A period piece that is unexpectedly contemporary, a suspenseful film that simultaneously waves a queer and feminist flag, We Have never been Modern exceeds every expectation with its unique directorial approach. Set in 1937 in a town in Eastern Europe - built on the outskirts of a factory and aspiring to become a model of a modern metropolis - the film follows the wife of the director who is confronted with a mystery that no one wants to solve: The lifeless body of an intersex infant is discovered buried in a mound of sand, compelling everyone to confront their own self-judgment and biases. Drawing its title from the book by French anthropologist Bruno Latour, who challenges whether progress alone can sever the ties that bind modern humans to their primitive nature, Matěj Chlupáček’s film reintroduces these questions to today's audience in a genuinely cinematic manner, underscoring their relevance in the present time even more so than in the era the film portrays.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Matěj Chlupáček
Script: Miro Šifra
Cinematography: Martin Douba
Editing: Pavel Hrdlička
Sound: Peter Hilčanský, Pavel Rejholec
Music: Simon Goff
Actors: Eliška Křenková, Miloslav König, Milan Ondrík, Richard Langdon, Martha Issová, Luboš Veselý, Ladislav Hampl, Marián Mitaš
Production: Barletta
Producers: Maja Hamplová, Matěj Chlupáček
Co-production: D.N.A. Production
Co-producers: Rasťo Šesták, Peter Bebjak
Costumes: Jarmila Dunděrová
Production Design: Henrich Boráros
Make Up: Lenka Nosková, Martin Jankovič
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B/W
Production Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 117'
Contact: LevelK

Matěj Chlupáček

Matej (1994) is a film director and producer who debuted with Touchless in 2013 as the youngest European director.


2013 Touchless
2018 The Committee (short)
2019 Noc v Mariandu (short)
2023 We Have Never Been Modern