Orbis Pictus

The story of a 16-year-old Terezka who one day decides to find her mother though she only has vague concept of what her mom is like. Her journey right from its beginning presents a chain of strange and weird encounters with bizarre people in extremely bizarre situations.

Orbis Pictus
Slovakia, Czechia 1997
104 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The story's female protagonist is sixteen-year-old Terezka, who still has a childlike view of the world, but also an extraordinary imagination. She leaves the orphanage where she learned to be a seamstress and where everything was so simple because others made decisions for her. She decides to seek out her mother in the capital, who has not shown any interest in her for years. The strange journey across the whole of Slovakia is not only an emotional education, but also a test of Terezka's adul­thood. She experiences situations that are grotesque to the point of absurdity, all of which she carefully records on an old blind map. The real story intertwines with dreams and is filled with playful humour.

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Director: Martin Šulík
Screenplay: Martin Šulík, Marek Leščák, Ondrej Šulaj
Cinematography: Martin Štrba
Music: Vladimír Godár
Sound: Ivo Seifert, Peter Mojžíš
Editing: Dušan Milko
Production Design: František Lipták
Producer: Rudolf Biermann
Costumes: Milan Čorba
Cast: Dorota Nvotová, Marian Labuda st., Božidara Turzonovová, Július Satinský, Emília Vášáryová, František Kovár, Marián Zednikovič, Oľga Vronská
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.