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Rheum

Original title: Ospalky
Director: Kateřina Hroníková
Country: Slovakia
Year: 2021
Running time: 28 min
Language: Czech + English subtitles
 
An elderly couple, Libuše and Jaromír, live in a big house in the middle of nowhere. In their retirement, Jaromír’s only hobby is taking care of his garden gnomes, while Libuše prides herself on keeping their home spotless at all times. However, everyday routine and the lack of outside stimuli lead to the feeling of mutual estrangement. In an attempt to help, Arnošt, a family friend, buys a three-month bonding programme for them from the mysterious Sun Agency. Will the couple rekindle their closeness through various homework assignments?
 
Kateřina Hroníková
Kateřina Hroníková was born in Prague. Her previous work consists of short films, ranging from documentary and experimental films to fully fictional narratives that have been screened at various European film festivals. Since 2019, she’s been collaborating on fashion films with Klára Findrová within the fashion brand Flara. In 2021 she became a finalist in the Papaya Young Directors competition together with her long-term collaborator Kristína Žilinčárová. Rheum (2021) is her undergraduate film at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she’s studying for her master’s degree.

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