Scene from the film Moravia, Beautiful Land
Scene from the film Moravia, Beautiful Land
Scene from the film Moravia, Beautiful Land
Scene from the film Moravia, Beautiful Land
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Moravia, Beautiful Land

  • Czech Republic
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An experimental western horror film set in Moravian Slovakia brings a new perspective to the legend of St. Wenceslas. Against the shabby backdrop of village merrymaking, the legendary Prince Boleslav, a wine-cellar zombie, fights with his brother over the nature of Czech statehood and a plate of tomato beef stew. This film essay about the mythology of Bohemian and Moravian nationalism is a sarcastic depiction of meaningless tribal rituals that promote national identity but severely restrict “otherness”. The film sabotages the sanctity of folklore through the use of archaic film and video formats containing a number of mistakes and defects, a schmaltzy mix of brass band music, and the contrapuntal nature of the commentary.


  • Original title
    Morava, krásná zem
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Lukáš Jiřička
  • DOP
    Petr Šprincl, Lukáš Jiřička
  • Editing
    Petr Šprincl, Marie Hájková
  • Music
    Mojmír Měchura, DH Bojané
  • Sound
    Mojmír Měchura, Tomáš Procházka
  • Duration
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Jihlava IDFF 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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