The Glass Room

* Julius Ševčík

Status: In Development

Producers: Rudolf Biermann, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor
Director: Julius Ševčík
Writer: Andrew Shaw

Synopsis: High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a marvel of steel and glass and onyx. Built specially for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentle, it is one of the wonders of modernist architecture.

In the 30s, parties and social gatherings take place in the house hosted by Liesel and her best friend Hana. Both Hana’s and Liesel’s marriages seem to be stumbling and the feelings between the two women seem to be deeper than friendship. However, the budding love affair between Liesel and Hana quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of World War Two gather. The wealthy Landauer family is forced to flee, while Hana will stay. The lovers are forced apart and the beautiful house is deserted.

During the War, the house is turned into a Nazi laboratory run by Stahl. Hana, desperate for money and trying to save her Jewish relatives, has an affair with him. For a Liesel while things seem to improve for her, but then it turns out that she has got pregnant with Stahl. When he discovers Hana´s Jewish ties, Stahl throws Hana out and eventually has her sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, when she loses her baby.

With Germany on the verge of losing the war, the laboratory is dismantled and the Nazis flee. The again abandoned house becomes a shelter for Russian soldiers who have arrived to "liberate" the country. During the early years of communism, the house is turned into a party venue for high profile officials. Finally, at the end of the 60s, when the grip of the regime is loosening and the country’s borders are opened, Liesel can come back.

In 1968 Liesel Landauer returns to her home to reunite with Hana. In the meantime, Liesel´s husband has died and so has Hana’s. The two women finally bond in a passionate reunion. Spending the night of their lives inside the Glass Room, they both feel their life journeys have reached a positive end. This feeling doesn’t last long, though, as Russian tanks enter the country again to crush the desire for regime change.

A film based on a novel by Simon Mawer.