This ballad-like film, inspired by Květa Legátová’s novels Želary and Joza’s Hanule, was the most successful Czech film of 2003 with both critics and audiences.

Czechia, Slovakia, Austria 2003
148 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Eliška was a medical student when the Nazis closed the Czech universities, which forced her to take a job as a hospital nurse. However, one day she is unexpectedly faced with the consequences of becoming involved in resistance activities with her lover, a doctor at work. When threatened with capture, her colleagues hide the young woman under a new identity. Eliška – now Hana – leaves Brno with one of her patients. She barely knows the rough and silent Joza, and is rather frightened of him. Hiding out in a mountain solitude as Joza’s unwilling and clumsy wife, the spoilt girl from the big city eventually gets to know not only love full of tenderness and passion, but also pain. Yet not even this country idyll, in which Joza and Eliška/Hana find refuge for their deep relationship, can avoid the cruelties of war.  The film was based on the autobiographical prose by Květa Legátová.

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Director: Ondřej Trojan
Based on: Květa Legátová
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovský
Cinematography: Asen Šopov
Music: Petr Ostrouchov
Sound: Jiří Klenka, Radim Hladík ml.
Editing: Vladimír Barák
Production Design: Milan Býček
Producer: Ondřej Trojan, Helena Uldrichová, Marcela Dvořáková
Co-production: Pavel Borovan, Jaroslav Kučera, Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker, Marian Urban
Costumes: Katarína Bieliková
Cast: Aňa Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Jaroslava Adamová, Miroslav Donutil, Jaroslav Dušek, Iva Bittová, Ivan Trojan, Jan Hrušínský, Anna Věrtelářová

Czech Lions

2003 – Aňa Geislerová (Best Actress)

Czech Lions

2003 – Jiří Klenka (Best Sound)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.