01 November 2023
19 October 2023
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Lukáš embarks on a quest to find love and happiness. He teams up with a little dog. One tears everything apart, the other sews it back together. Their journey goes from bad to worse, heading for a tragic end. The Magical Seven, bestowed upon Lukáš by Perinbaba, brings him into the enchanted land of the Seven-horned Ram and the Seven Raven Warriors. He meets beautiful Lucia and saves the doomed kingdom. Eventually, he has to decide: will he choose love or riches? Perinbaba gives Lukáš an opportunity to make up for his mistakes, and the Grim Reaper does not stand a chance.
Conceptual visual artist Ján Mančuška died in 2011. However, in his short 39 years of existence, he managed to create a number of remarkable works, many of which have been exhibited in renowned galleries around the world - including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and MoMA in New York. In his homeland, however, his work reflecting everyday life, social reality or the meaning of language has never achieved comparable fame. Together with the children of an artist who was not afraid to confront the public with the question of what is the meaning of art, the director embarks on a journey that aims not only to get closer to Mančuška, but also to reveal him in unrecognised shades, thus filling in the gaps that are increasingly appearing in the context of the fading memory of his personality.
Rouzbeh arrives in Prague, far from his troubled family life in Tehran, to research his father’s past. Visiting the flat where his father, a communist expatriate, lived 50 years ago, in the times of Czechoslovakia, he is stopped by a policewoman investigating a recent accident. The current resident of the flat, Vladimir, who turns out to be Rouzbeh’s half-brother, has fallen out the window. Discovering hidden corners of Vladimir’s life and getting closer to his soul, Rouzbeh learns a shocking truth about his father, totally contradicting the image of a hero he had about him. This puts him on the path which led to Vladimir´s fall from
Vienna, spring 1912. The young widow Alma Mahler, the Grande Dame of Viennese Society, is urged by her lover the Bauhaus-architect Walter Gropius to make their relationship public. Shortly after her husband’s death the world-renowned composer Gustav Mahler, she believes her reputation and the premiere of Gustav’s Symphony No 9 in jeopardy. Furthermore, she feels more and more strongly that she does not want to subject herself again to the dependence to a man in who’s shadow she cannot live her own creative potential. She meets the radical artist Oskar Kokoschka, an Enfant Terrible of Viennese Society despite his youth. Alma ventures into a wild affair, a love-hate relationship, that threatens both of their existences.
Production designer Stella Šonková (*1992) originally studied theater set design at JAMU, but during a TV and Film Set Design internship at the University of South Wales, she switched to film. She worked on the drama Victim, premiered in Venice, the miniseries Suspicion, screened at last year's Berlinale, and A Sensitive Person, which competed in Karlovy Vary this year. Šonková is currently working on Ondřej Hudeček's comedy Little Thief.
Interview by Vojtěch Rynda for CZECH FILM / Fall 2023