The Hastrman

A romantic thriller about one love, one passion and one landscape. Ondřej Havelka's film based on the award-winning novel by Miloš Urban.

Czechia 2018
100 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

A strange nobleman returning after years abroad to a small Bohemian village in the beginning of 19th century. The nobleman feels closer to animals despite looking like a human. He is a Hastrman – a water spirit. Water is his element. He loves it, understands it and communicates with it. He needs water not only to sustain his life, but also to gain superhuman strength and dexterity. In this romantic, fantastical, yet ironic story, love brings Hastrman unexpected happiness with an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or to cross the boundaries and get closer to become a human. Vivid and earthy folklore of local villagers brings authenticity to pagan folkways, yet the story ends in present times.

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Director: Ondřej Havelka
Based on: Miloš Urban
Screenplay: Ondřej Havelka, Petr Hudský
Cinematography: Diviš Marek
Music: Petr Wajsar
Sound: Jiří Melcher
Editing: Jan Daňhel
Production Design: Petr Pištěk
Producer: Čestmír Kopecký
Costumes: Eva Kotková
Cast: Karel Dobrý, Simona Zmrzlá, Jan Kolařík, Jiří Lábus, Jiří Maryško, David Novotný, Norbert Lichý, Vladimír Polívka, Jakub Kohl, Dan Dittrich

Czech Lions

2018 – Karel Dobrý (Best Actor)

Czech Lions

2018 – Diviš Marek (Best Cinematography)

Czech Lions

2018 – Petr Wajsar (Best Music)

Czech Lions

2018 – Eva Kotková (Best Costumes)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.