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Accumulator 1

  • Directed by Jan Svěrák
  • Czech Republic, 1994, 102 mins., Czech

Recently restored, Svěrák’s wild, prescient comedy remains one of the most popular films in Czech cinema history. Olda (Petr Forman), who lives life vicariously watching television, starts suffering from a mysterious lethargy. The doctors can’t figure out his problem, but natural healer Fišárek diagnoses his ailment as chronic energy loss. Fisarek trains Olda to recharge by plugging into life—nature, art, sex and people, but nothing seems to work. When it finally becomes obvious that a vampire-like force is at root, Olda goes on a mission to save the world from the omnipresent enemy. Part psychological thriller, sci-fi adventure and romantic comedy, Svěrák’s film is a cautionary tale crammed with wit and an unadulterated love of filmmaking, In Czech with English subtitles. 

Appears in: New Czech Cinema

Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Other Films by Jan Svěrák

Barefoot

Based on his father’s coming-of-age memoir set during the waning years of World War II, Svěrák’s (Koyla, The Elementary School, Accumulator 1) warm film follows eight-year-old Eda, who relocates with his family from Prague to the small village of Slavonice. There he meets a host of idiosyncratic relatives and a gang of rowdy local kids

Kooky

Sverak’s charming family film combines puppet animation, stop-motion, and live-action to tell the story of a young man with asthma named Ondra, whose mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the dump. In the