Matt Sarnecki / Denmark, Czech Republic, United States / 2022 / 100 min

Shocking docu-thriller about the murder of a Slovak journalist and his fiancée, which starts a chain reaction that ends up threatening the very top of the Slovak oligarchy. Investigative journalism and nerve-wracking detective film in equal measures.

In a TV stunt straight out of a cartoon, Slovakia’s prime minister comes forward with a million euros in cold cash. It’s the reward for solving the murders of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée. With unflinching precision, this chilling docu-thriller presents the subsequent investigation, which ends up pointing to the very same prime minister and a tangled web of corrupt politicians and businessmen as the villains. If anyone thought that the mafia state was disintegrating after the fall of the Soviet Union, ‘The Killing of a Journalist’ is a sobering wake-up call.