28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Spring in Carpathian Ruthenia
Spring in Carpathian Ruthenia
Spring in Carpathian Ruthenia

Spring in Carpathian Ruthenia

director: Karol Plicka
original title: Jaro na Podkarpatské Rusi
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1929
running time: 10 min.


An ethnographic study of Easter celebrations offers a poetic cameo of rural architecture and springtime customs in the mountains. Karol Plicka's film highlights ancient Slavic folk costumes as a Carpathian village bursts to life in a three-day joyful festivity. Children's carefree games are intercut with the solemn rites of Easter, ancient wooden churches and herds of sheep according to the laws of montage by Alexander Hackenschmied. Some sequences of this film which literally sings are also featured in Plicka's masterpiece The Earth Sings (Zem spieva). This silent film is so evocative one can hear the sound of the sheepherder's overtone flute – the fujara.

more about film

director: Karol Plicka
script: Karol Plicka
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas