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Po Strništi Bos


Jan Svěrák
Czech Republic, 2017, 104 Min

A bittersweet retro comedy that tells the wonderfully captured tale of Eda Souček, a boy from the city who heads to the countryside together with his family during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Directed by Academy Award winner Jan Svěrák, the film is a prequel to his popular feature OBECNÁ ŠKOLA/THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (1991).

Biograf Jan Svěrák

Prague in the forties: as a result of his refusal to give the Hitler salute a father loses both his job and company flat. Thus the family has no option but to move in with their relatives in the countryside. Though initially unsettling for young Eda, he soon makes new friends. These take him to their secret hideouts, teach him how to play cards and run barefoot over stubble fields. The harmony does not last though, as Eda learns that his father has a brother, an outsider whom everybody refers to as Wolf. Though forbidden to do so, Eda meets him on the sly in order to get to know this mysterious figure better.

Director Jan Svěrák has based his latest work on the life of his father Zdeněk, who plays a cautiously patriotic village teacher in the film. Superbly cast is the role of young Eda, a youngster with a tendency to err on the side of caution whose hazardous adventures are fortunately reserved to his daydreams. CF

DCP | Farbe / colour
Jan Svěrák
Vladimír Smutný
Claus Lynge, Jakub Čech
Alois Fisárek
Jan Vlasák
Michal Novinski
Tereza Vořišková, Ondřej Vetchý, Alois Grec, Jan Třiska, Zdeněk Svěrák, Petra Špalková, Hynek Čermák
Jan Svěrák
Biograf Jan Svěrák
Phoenix, Novinski, Ceska Televize, RTVS
Biograf Jan Svěrák
Martina Moudra
Nad Vinohradem 250/1
14700 Prague
Czech Republic
+ 23
Jan Svěrák

Jan Svěrák - born 1965 in Žatec, Czech Republic. Graduated in documentary filmmaking from the Prague FAMU film school in 1988. Received the Student Oscar for ROPACI in 1989. In 1995 he founded Biograf, the company whose productions included KOLJA, his fourth feature – winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996.

ROPACI (1988)
OBECNA SKOLA (1991, FFC 1993)
KOLJA (1996, FFC 2005)
VRATNÉ LAHVE (2007, FFC 2007)

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