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Directed by Stepan Altrichter

Czech Republic, Germany 2014 94 mins.

Based on the short story “Julius Schmitke”, Schmitke blends mystery with comedy on a remote mystic land, exposing the inner world of an aging man who has a hard time coping with the world. Schmitke always believes there is something mysterious behind the bushes; he thinks that there is an unexplainable force deep inside the forest. One day, he is assigned to work in an ancient windmill near the Czech-German border. Something strange begins to happen, someone disappears and Schmitke can’t seem to make sense of the concept of existence anymore. Finally, his aging crisis meets its challenger. (German with English subtitles)

Genres: Comedy, Mystery

Appears in: New Czech Cinema



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