The Garden (1995 film)

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The Garden (Záhrada)
Directed by Martin Šulík
Written by Marek Leščák
Ondrej Šulaj
Martin Šulík
Starring Marián Labuda
Roman Luknár
Zuzana Šulajová
Jana Švandová
Katarína Vrzalová
Music by Vladimír Godár
Cinematography Martin Štrba
Distributed by Action Gitanes
Release dates
  • 15 June 1995 (1995-06-15)
Running time 99 minutes
Country Slovakia
France
Language Slovak

The Garden (original title Záhrada) is a 1995 Slovak feature film in cooperation with French Artcam International directed by Martin Šulík. The film is a poetic tale of Jakub, a man in his early 30s. It reflects the relationships and desires of Jakub in the idyllic surroundings of his grandfather's garden.

Plot[edit]

Jakub is a daydreamer in his early 30's and is still living with his father. The father is tired of Jakub's idleness and throws him out of the flat. He tells Jakub to sell the old garden of his grandfather and to buy his own flat. Jakub retires into the neglected garden and retreats into the worn garden house from the world and from his problems. The garden turns out to be a magical place full of surprises and mysteries. Jakub stumbles across his grandfather’s journal which is written in reverse script. He finds a map leading him to an old bottle of slivovice hidden years ago. Now curious Jakub must solve the mysteries of his grandfather’s garden. He meets Helena, a young girl Jakub’s grandfather taught to also write backwards. Strange things happen in the garden, and some of them do indeed seem like miracles. Amid the eccentric events, young Helena teaches Jakub to appreciate the delicate mysteries of life. In the end Jakub loses all his possessions but finds his peace.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Marián Labuda Jakub's father
Roman Luknár Jakub
Zuzana Šulajová Helena
Jana Švandová Tereza
Katarína Vrzalová Helena's mother

Reception[edit]

The Garden is one of the most recognised films of post communist Slovakia. It is especially popular in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It won the special prize of the jury of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 1995 and several Czech Lions in 1996.

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