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Barefoot

  • Directed by Jan Svěrák
  • Czech Republic, 2017, 111 mins., Czech

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 who allow him to join their club. Eda’s innocent perspective and boyhood adventures contrast with the shadow of war weighing heavily upon the country. ˝A beautiful piece of nostalgia shot entirely from a little boy’s perspective, one that never makes a misstep.˝—The Hollywood Reporter. In Czech with English subtitles.

Appears in: New Czech Cinema

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Other Films by Jan Svěrák

Accumulator 1

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

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