Intimate psychological drama, one of the darkest offerings from the czech New Wave...
Fati Farari is from Africa. He studies piano in Prague with Professor Rauch and rents a room with a Czech family. In Prague, he has friends among his fellow-students, but sometimes has to cope with allusions to his dark skin....
Dramatic events tied to the assassination of Nazi Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich inspired a remarkable film in 1964, brought to life by director Jiří Sequens.
A reputable old physician has to content himself with a post as a “country doctor” after his wife emigrates. In the local health centre, he meets with hostility and incomprehension, but his humane approach win him the respect of his doubtful new colleagues and mistrusting patients…
Alcoholism permeates this psychological drama, created in 1981 by František Vláčil according to a screenplay by Irena Charvátová.
Prince Myshkin (“the idiot”), who has just returned to Russia, suddenly bursts into a soirée where nobody is expecting him...
Subject of Vláčil’s poetic, prize-winning early short is a young boy's infatuation with flight ...
A postal dove gets lost on the way from northern France to Germany. The bird serves as a vehicle for changes in the life of Prague lad Michal, confined to a wheelchair following an accident.
The Valley of the Bees is a film about making decisions in a world where there is little or nothing left to decide...
Shepherd Ondřej Baran (Juraj Kukura), living at a remote sheep farm in the mountains, is forced into a deadly game of trying to protect his family while avoiding being sucked into a malevolent world.
A priest travels to investigate a miller suspected to be working with the devil.
A psychological drama about the implementation of the Nazis’ Nuremberg Laws, which has a major impact on a town in eastern Slovakia. Local Jews are forced to depart for concentration camps, and their possessions are confiscated.
The compilation documentary We Will Remain Faithful is a testimony to the Czechoslovak resistance during the Second World War.
The hero of the story is a drifter who awakens from dreams of richness into a frosty December day, in which he will be confronted with an unexpected moral dilemma: whether he can resist the temptation to exploit the gullibility of the hosts who have provided him help and shelter.
The film, which is the sequel to The Good Soldier Švejk that depicted the fate of Švejk away from the front lines, continues as the second part of transcript from Hašek’s novel by focusing on the Budějovice military advance.
The best known adaptation for film of Jaroslav Hašek’s satirical novel joins timeless humor with trenchant irony, the target of which is not limited to the senselessness of war alone.
Suggestive portraits of old people from the Liptov and Orava regions who are able to enjoy their individual freedom even in the times of civilisational chaos and insecurity.
A psychological study of a nurse who chooses solitude as an escape from the duplicity and emotional barrenness of the men around her.
A tragicomedy about a bachelor, emotionally presenting the life of people living on the periphery of society.
A lyrical tragicomedy about a village postman Jakub and Jolanka, a Roma girl.
A psychological drama of the illness of an individual and the illness of the society. A film immediately banned after its premiere in 1969 for its apparent naturalism.
Suggestive and highly topical film about the risk of nuclear war...
Otakar Vávra’s directorial debut took as its subject a kinetic sculpture by architect Zdeněk Pešánek that was installed on a transformer station in Prague.
After spending twenty-two years in Hollywood, the famous actor and director Hugo Haas made a return visit to Prague.
In this reportage, film professionals offer the viewers a peek behind the scenes at the Barrandov studios.
This cartoon tells the story of an evil sorcerer, who wants to make an atomic bomb. He forces a little boy and a fox to help him in his dark laboratory.
Set in a country where a dictator has been successfully persuading the nation with his fiery speeches about their superiority and the justifications for military expansion, the bacteria of a very destructive form of leprosy has been spreading
After an accidental explosion in the lab, its inventor slips in and out of dream-like hallucinations, realizing that he had given the formula to one of his colleagues, whom he tries to stop before it is too late.
A short, evocative documentary on the education of blind and partially sighted children.
Lyrical story about the emotions arising among two young people who pretend cynicism and rejection towards society in an attempt to hide their insecurities, lack of experience and fear of adult life. It is the very first Slovak film in the history of Slovak cinema to take on the theme of the natural differences of values and social life in urban and rural settings. The film is considered the beginning of the New Wave in Slovak and Czech cinema of the 1960s.
A collection of Hrabal’s short stories published in 1978 was used to create this tragicomic mosaic depicting the daily lives of several characters in the Central Bohemian town of Kersko, a place to which Hrabal had close ties.
The film is set in Kladno steelworks, a place where political offenders against the communist regime were sent for “temporary employment”. These might include insubordinate intellectuals, religious affiliates or small traders.
Whimsical comedy about the beginnings of film in the Czech lands...
Adaptation of Bohumil Hrabal's novel is a nostalgic look at small-town life in the idyllic times of the First Czechoslovak Republic, driven by autobiographical insights and observations.
A bittersweet comedy co-written by screenwriters Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak is a timeless classic...
At the end of the nineteenth century, Italian anarchists, ten men, one woman, libertarian, collectivist emigrate to Brazil to start a leaderless community, without hierarchy, without a boss without police, but not without conflict nor passion.
More than fifty years have passed since the release of the most famous and, thus far, unsurpassed Czech musical film. Set during the hops harvest, it recounts the story of first love confronted with the misunderstanding of those around.
The emancipated associate professor of somnology Beránková invents a machine capable of monitoring and influencing dreams and, spurred by jealousy, uses it on her diffident, unsuccessful husband Jindřich. Three comic-book characters escape from Jindřich’s dreams into reality – the beautiful Jessie and two baddies: a gunslinger and Superman…
The title protagonist of this entertaining romp is circus clown Cibulka, who has found fame with his act involving performing bears. But, under pressure from the competition, the six furry stars are exchanged by the circus manager for six trained pigs.
Adaptation of an eponymous book by Adolf Branald, which describes the beginnings of motoring in the Czech lands, in which Radok prove himself technically brilliant, as a creator able to recreate an Art Nouveau atmosphere in a precise, yet playful way...
The central character, a man who, having leased a feline companion for a single day, laboriously tries to return him the next to avoid a fine and in the process, experiences endless drama.
Případ pro začínajícího kata (Case for the New Hangman, 1970) is a free adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s satire Gulliver’s Travels (first published in 1726).
Charming, timeless story about village children who holiday together at a local castle ruin. With the help of friendly supernatural beings – the Knight Brtník of Brtník and the nobleman’s daughter Leontýnka – they transform the dark neglected ruin into a cozy playhouse.
Princess Helena and Prince Václav are the descendants of neighbouring royal families. Their fathers merged the royal houses through marriage some years ago. The discordant youngsters, who barely know each other, have no intention of sticking to this pre-arranged marriage. But in the end, they fall in love when they mutually conceal their identities from each other...
It is the end of the war and the tables of power have turned. Lieutenant Chotovický is returning to his homeland to recover – physically and emotionally. He isolates himself, seeking calm, yet hypnotically watches Adelheid, the German housekeeper assigned to him.
Tři veteráni (The Three Veterans), a fairytale released in 1983, tells the story of three soldiers, discharged with honours, who now have to learn to appreciate the magical gift of life all over again.
This playful fairytale comedy, inspired by the classical story Sůl nad zlato (Salt Above Gold) written by Božena Němcová, explores the troubles of a preposterous ruler going by the name “Myself, First” as he plunges his kingdom into a state of gastronomic tragedy. To spite his loving youngest daughter Maruška, who claims to love her father like salt, the king has all the salt in his realm destroyed…
The story, very much cohering around the sensation of horror, relates the tale of a wandering student who must watch over a beautiful princess who is under the spell of an evil sorcerer longing for eternal life.
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