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on the words CZECH AIRLINE. We are panning across the words
on the side of the plane.
on a tray table. Crumpled Czech bills and coins are on it.
Hands are counting the money. The airline hostess announces
the arrival at JFK - in CZECH. A hand reaches into a breast
pocket - pulling out two passports. One is opened. Belongs
to EMIL SLOVAK. The next passport belongs to OLEG RAZGUL.
The hand passes the Oleg Razgul passport to the man next to
him. We notice several empty airline bottles of vodka and a
small disposable camera on Oleg's tray table. The passport
is set down. Oleg picks it up. We hear Emil's voice in
CZECH. The scene is subtitled in ENGLISH.
Just do what I do. Say the same thing I
say. Don't open your mouth.
INT. PASSPORT CONTROL - KENNEDY AIRPORT - DAY
CAMERA DOLLIES down a long line of passengers. They are
split into two lines - one for Americans, the other for
visitors. CAMERA finally arrives at EMIL SLOVAK. An
unshaven Czech in his mid-30's. Tall, scraggly beard.
Piercing blue eyes. He's dressed in an outdated suit. His
eyes are alert, cunning and smart.
OLEG RAZGUL, stands in line behind Emil. Oleg is big. Not
tall - but wide. A wrestler's body. Emil looks at Oleg.
(The following is in CZECH and subtitled in ENGLISH.)
Don't fool around.
Oleg holds up his disposable camera - at arms length - to
take a picture of himself.
Did you hear what I said?
I want to document my trip to America.
(Emil steps up)
Could I see your documents, please?
He hands the passport to the officer who runs it through an
image swipe. Emil glances furtively back to Oleg.
What is your intended purpose of your
visit to the United States?
Two weeks holiday.
How much money are you carrying with
I have five-hundred dollars.
Can you show me? Sir, no cameras in the
Oleg was about to take a picture of Emil and the Immigration
Officer. Oleg puts the camera away. Smiles sheepishly.
IMMIGRATION OFFICER (CONT'D)
Is he with you? Are you travelling
Please join us.
Come on forward.
Is there a problem?
No, you're travelling together. I want
to talk to you together. Hi, how are
you? Can I take a look at your
(takes Oleg's passport)
Are you related?
Yes...he's my friend.
Okay. You're a Czech national and
you're a Russian national. How do you
know one another?
Oleg starts to speak, but Emil cuts him off.
We are both from Prague.
How long are you planning to stay?
I'd like to speak for himself, okay?
He doesn't speak English.
I speak English.
Then answer my questions. Where were
you planning to stay during the two
weeks that you're here?
Yes, we're in New York now. But where
are you planning to stay in New York?
A cheap hotel.
What are you coming here to do?
I'm here for movies.
Movies...to be in the movies or to see
Yes. No. Both. When I was a boy, I
see movie at school called "It's a
Wonderful Life" directed by Frank Capra.
Ever since I want to come to America.
Land of the free. Home of the brave. A
land where anyone can be anything. As
long as they are white.
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