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Four Suns
Čtyři slunce
dir. Bohdan Sláma / Czech Republic 2011 / 105’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Jaroslav Plesl, Anna Geislerová, Karel Roden, Jirí Mádl, Klára Melísková, Igor Chmela, Anna Bubníková

Film description

Bohdan Sláma lives up to his reputation as one of the most exciting filmmakers in Czech cinema. Shown at Sundance, Four Suns is a film about everyday realities tinted with marijuana smoke and New Age mysticism. The director portrays his characters as more than just colorful personalities as he explores their wanderings through an existential hinterland in search of spiritual direction. A master of character study, Sláma mixes equal doses of empathy, detachment, humor and compassion. The director clearly has a sense of humor about his own work, as well, which comes in the form of winks to audiences, especially those versed in auteur cinema – the sequence foretelling an impending apocalypse is an exquisite pastiche of Tarkovsky’s The Mirror.

Prepared by: Piotr Czerkawski

Information about director

Bohdan Sláma

Director Bohdan Sláma was born in the town on Opava, in the Czech half of Czechoslovakia in 1967. He is a graduate of Prague’s esteemed FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts). In 1992, he began working as an assistant to Věra Chytilova on The Inheritance or Fuckoffguysgoodday. He made his own feature debut in 2001 with The Wild Bees. In 2005, he received the San Sebastián festival’s Golden Shell for Something Like Happiness.

Selected filmography

1997 Akáty bílé

1992 Stvanice (short)

2001 Dzikie pszczoły / Divoké vcely / The Wild Bees

2005 Szczęście / Stestí / Something Like Happiness

2008 Mój nauczyciel / Venkovský ucitel / Country Teacher

2011 Cztery słońca / Čtyřislunce / Four Suns

Prepared by: Piotr Czerkawski

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director: Bohdan Sláma
screenplay: Bohdan Sláma
cinematography: Divis Marek
editing: Jan Danhel
cast: Jaroslav Plesl, Anna Geislerová, Karel Roden, Jirí Mádl, Klára Melísková, Igor Chmela, Anna Bubníková
producer: Petr Oukropec, Pavel Strnad
production: Negativ, Pallas Film, Ceská Televize, I/O Post
language: Czech
colouration: colour
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