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Thursday 31.10.2019 – 19:30

FANTASY TYPOLOGY FEATURE 
RUN TIME: 73 
PRODUCTION YEAR: 1970 
DIRECTOR: JAROMIL JIREŠ 
SCREENPLAY: JAROMIL JIREŠ, ESTER KRUMBACHOVÁ

Thirteen-year-old Valery lives in an old house with her austere grandmother. Through her eyes, half-child, and half-adult, she observes the world around her, meeting various weird figures who keep changing their identities and whose fates mysteriously intertwine. Then Valery meets a young man named Orlík who steals her earrings while she sleeps, but then returns them. She learns that a constable nicknamed Skunk [Tchoř] was her grandmother’s lover long ago, also finding out that the grandmother wants to win the love of the missionary Gracián and hence she is out to retrieve her lost youth. Valery’s vigilant guide in this unbelievable world submitted to rules unknown to logic is no one but Orlík. He saves the girl from Skunk, who tries to strangle her. Pearls she receives from Orlík help Valery to disentangle herself from Gracián’s powers and also defend her from the rejuvenated grandmother. One of the magical pearls interferes in yet another dangerous situation when Gracián accuses Valery of witchcraft and the girl is to be burned at stake. Moreover, Valery witnesses the wedding of young Hedvika, who was the victim of a vampire, and at the same time envisions Skunk’s death. In the morning, Valery is having breakfast with the grandmother as usual and learns from her that she is the daughter of a gamekeeper’s apprentice, whose love affair with her mother made the granny chase her mother away from home. A coach arrives, bringing over the girl’s parents as well as her brother Orlík. They all set off to the Eastern Wood. There, Valery can again see the participants of her unbelievable dream which might have been just a dream…

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