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An Earthy Paradise for the Eyes (Zemsk ráj to napohled)


CZECH R E PU B LIC Director: Irena Pavlásková


Producers: Jaroslav Kucera, Viktor Schwarcz, Jordi Niubo Screenwriter: Tereza Bouckova Cinematographer: Divis Marek Editor: Alois Fisarek


Cast: Ondrej Vetchy, Vilma Cibulkova, Jiri Dvorak, Dana Markova, Miroslav Etzler, Tereza Voriskova


2009/color/114 min.


IRENA PAVLÁSKOVÁ Born in 1960, Irena Pavlásková graduated from the Prague Film School (FAMU) with a number of student film awards. Her first film, The Time of Servants, won the Special Award for Debut in the Section Camera d’Or at Cannes. She has enjoyed international success, with many of her films receiving distribution in countries around the world.


Filmography Bestiarium (2007) The Time of Debts (1998) Corpus Delicti (1991) The Time of Servants (1989)


Directed by Irena Pavlásková, An Earthy Paradise for the Eyes begins in 1969 in the wake of the Prague Spring, a short-lived period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia. Along with her two daughters, Majda and Gabina, and a steady stream of male companions, Marta suddenly finds herself struggling to live a regular life under strict Soviet rule. To make matters more complicated, Marta’s ex-husband, a famous actor, has come back from Vienna with not only a new wife but a petition against the occupation.


As tanks invade the streets and proregime slogans dominate the squares, everyone is under suspicion—especially Marta’s own daughters, now known as the offspring of a dissident. And with the signing of Charter 77, even the smallest acts of opposition are deemed criminal. Soon the Soviet police state is impinging on every aspect of daily existence. Yet even as it tackles the deadly serious issue of political oppression, An Earthy Paradise for the Eyes remains at its core a sensitive and bittersweet comedy imbued by hope. In one scene, Marta shows her defiance and solidarity outside prison walls to the sight of arms waving from every cell window as music blares through a speaker hooked up to a car battery just beyond the barbed wire.


—GIGI HAYCOCK


In cooperation with Bohemian Productions


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CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA


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