Trilogie Zahradnictví I: RODINNÝ PŘÍTEL

Garden Store Trilogy I: FAMILY FRIEND

Jan Hřebejk
Czech Republic, 2017, 130 Min

This melodramatic first part of the trilogy leads us back into the time of the Second World War. At their Prague villa, the sisters Vilma, Ela and Bedřiška await the release of their men from German imprisonment. A friend of the family, the doctor Jiří Erben, cares lovingly for the three women and their children. Perhaps a touch too loving?

MK Film

The gardener Miloš is in the process of saving valuable cacti from the German occupiers when he receives an unannounced visit from Jindřich and Karel. The two are part of a resistance group and try to persuade him to hide a bag of pamphlets. His wife Emilka protests, she fears problems. And not without cause: Jindřích and Karel are arrested, her brother-in-law Otto as well. The doctor Jiří Erben is also one of the group – but with good luck and the help of the pregnant Vilma he manages to escape arrest. And in the next few years he will become a reliable support for the women left behind.

Although the film focuses on the private history, director Hřebejk widens his focus repeatedly to deal with themes such as the expulsion of the Germans after the end of the war, among others. He skilfully illustrates the atmosphere of the times using archive material and the then popular music of the so-called Liberated Theatre. CF

DCP | Farbe / Colour
Petr Jarchovský
Bartek Cierlica
Jiří Klenka
Vladimír Barák
Jan Kadlec
Petr Ostrouchov
Anna Geislerová, Ondřej Sokol, Martin Finger, Klára Melíšková, Gabriela Míčová, Jiří Macháček, Lenka Krobotová, David Novotný, Sabina Remundová, Anna Fialová, Ivan Lupták
Fog'n'Desire Films
Fog'n'Desire Films
Czech Television, Barrandov Studio, HN Film, MagicLab, Sokol Kollar, RTVS, MD4, Chimney
MK Film
Milada Kolberg
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin
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Jan Hřebejk

Jan Hřebejk - born in 1967 in Prague, ČSSR (today Czech Republic). One of the most famous Czech directors. He studied dramaturgy at the FAMU in Prague and has made numerous TV and feature films. For the latter he has received several international prices, including awards in Karlovy Vary, Berlin, Montreal and nominations for the Oscars. He has been a regular guest at the FFC for many years with his films.

PELÍŠKY (1999, FFC 2008)
PUPENDO (2003, FFC 2003)
LÍBÁNKY (2013, FFC 2014)
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