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Directed by Jiří Sádek

Czech Republic 2016 85 mins. In Czech

A modern version of Karel Jaromír Erben’s 19th century poem follows the young widow Eliska (Anna Geislerová) who moves into her late husband’s home village. With grief still fresh and lacking money Eliska relies heavily on her new neighbors while building a new home and keeping her daughter unaware of her father’s death. The stress of lies, a blisteringly hot summer, and ‘the curse of the Noonday Witch who steals children midday’ all add to the atmosphere of unease in this sinister psychodrama which explores the threats—real and perhaps imagined— to the family. Ages 15+.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: New Czech Cinema