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Country: CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA
Run Time: 92 minutes
It is Radim and Tereza's wedding day. Before the ceremony, Radim's young son breaks his glasses. At a nearby optical shop, the optician recognizes Radim, follows him, and attends the wedding. Later, at the reception, this same man who calls himself Jan Benda arrives uninvited with a gift. He unsettles some of the guests with his insinuating manner and dark talk. Finally Tereza asks him to leave. Jan refuses to go until she has opened his gift. Upon doing so, she finds an urn that contains the ashes of... Jan Benda. Radim throws him out, but this is far from over. The next morning Jan is back. He has a story to tell and justice to seek. Now all of the carefully built walls of truth and security are coming apart, brick by brick. Is Jan’s shocking story true? And if it is, what must happen and who must pay to see that some sort of justice is done? Dynamic and tense, HONEYMOON shows we can never be certain of the ties that bind us. (In Czech with subtitles) —C.R.
Aňa Geislerová, Stanislav Majer, Jiří Černý, Kristýna Fuitová, David Máj
Jan Hřebejk, the 34th CIFF Director's Spotlight award recipient, was born in 1967 in Prague. A writer, producer, and director, he has been the recipient of numerous nominations and awards from festivals around the world. Among his awards are the 1994, 2001, and 2004 Czech Lion Awards, the 1994 Special Jury Award at the Gijon International Film Festival, the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award at the 2006 Denver International Film Festival, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2010 Berlin International Film festival.
"Ceska Soda" (1998), "Cosy Dens" (1999)—24th CIFF, "Divided We Fall" (2000)—34th CIFF, "Pupendo (2003), "Up and Down" (2004), "Beauty In Trouble" (2006)—31st CIFF, "Medvidek" (2007), "I'm All Good" (2008), "Shameless" (2008)—34th CIFF, "Kawasaki's Rose" (2009)—35th CIFF, "Zitra Se Bude" (2010), "Nevinnost" (2011), "4Some" (2012), HONEYMOON (2013)
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