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The Gardener’s Year
The Gardener’s Year

Director
Jiří Havelka

A gardener and his wife live peacefully at the foot of a hill, caring for their small garden. But their quiet life is disturbed when a new owner moves into the nearby castle and tries to buy all the land around, including theirs. When the gardener refuses to sell, the new owner becomes aggressive, putting up a razor-wire fence and blocking their access road. Due to the police and the mayor failing to help, the gardener decides to fight back and protect their home.

Friends of the Ghetto
Friends of the Ghetto

Director
Tomáš Vynikal

The young director Tomáš Vynikal arrives at the Roma ghetto in search of humanity. With an authentic approach, he finds true friendship, but also human corruption. Everything is kept in the dark when the city of Přerov sells the ghetto together with its inhabitants to a private company for the purpose of new housing construction. This company will only go so far to demolish part of the houses and end up insolvent. The work is also a picture of current social problems in the Czech Republic, where human dwellings are meaninglessly devastated. These inhabitants receive new rental flats from the state, thus another ghetto is being created and society is moving in a catch 22 circle. The film contains time spent from september 2010 to september 2020. The documentary is the feature debut.

Olympic Halftime
Olympic Halftime

Director
Haruna Honcoop

The film explores and critically reflects the gestalt of the Olympic Games in several cities in Europe and Asia, that have already hosted the event and are preparing for another round. What was the benefit of the Olympics for those cities and countries? What is their impact on urbanism, communities, and countries where they take place? In addition to Europe, we also visit Asia to watch different approach to organising the Olympics as well as their architectural gestalt and impact on the public space. Beijing, Tokyo, Paris – the cities that have the organising experience from the past and are now in “half time” of preparations for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

Love to Order
Love to Order

Director
Eva Toulová

The main characters start their dream job and their life finally takes the right direction. Or maybe it is not that easy? Although Eva, as the only woman, gets a job in the best advertising agency in the country, she doesn't know that under the leadership of a sexist boss. After years, Vítek has finally decided to open his own hypnotherapy office, but he runs into a misunderstanding of those around him, who have no idea what to expect from hypnotherapy. Everything changes when Eva receives an order for advertising, which has one goal - to make the person in question fall in love with the client.

Introducing

Costume designer Vladimíra Pachl Fomínová (b. 1977) came to the profession in a roundabout way, learning the craft herself. She got her start in film with Martin Krejčí’s Fricasse, then went on to work with Petr Zelenka, Jan Hřebejk, and her husband, Jan Pachl. This year she won a Czech Lion for her work on the retro TV series Volga, which spanned the entire 1970s and 1980s.

Article by Vojtěch Rynda for CZECH FILM / Summer 2024

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