Elo Havetta – Slávnost v botanickej záhrade AKA Celebration in the Botanical Garden (1969)


This colorful ”fairy”-tale is about the need of miracles in life and of letting the charms of nature, where every single particle is in constant motion, take over as if in an impressionist painting. It is a mosaic built of the stories of Mária and Pierre. Mária, a tavern-keeper tries again and again to lead Pišta, the father of her eight daughters, to the wedding altar. Pierre by his arrival disturbs the peace of the wine-growing village of Bábindol but at the same time he shows its inhabitants how to really enjoy life.

This film tied for the Grand Prize at the Mannheim Film Festival in 1969. Continue reading