The Garden (1995 film)

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The Garden (Záhrada)
Directed byMartin Šulík
Written byMarek Leščák
Ondrej Šulaj
Martin Šulík
StarringMarián Labuda
Roman Luknár
Zuzana Šulajová
Jana Švandová
Katarína Vrzalová
CinematographyMartin Štrba
Music byVladimír Godár
Distributed byAction Gitanes
Release date
  • 15 June 1995 (1995-06-15)
Running time
99 minutes
Czech Republic[1]

The Garden (Slovak: Záhrada) is a 1995 Slovak feature film in cooperation with French Artcam International and Czech InFilm Praha 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. 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 Jury Prize at the 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1995, and several Czech Lions in 1996.

The film was selected as the Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]


Jakub is a daydreamer in his early 30s 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.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ s.r.o., LaTaupe. "Zahrada". (in Czech). Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "41 to Compete for Foreign Language Oscar Nominations". Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2015.

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