Ondřej Havelka, Czech Republic, 2018, 100 min., Czech w/ English subtitles
A strange nobleman returns after years abroad to a small Bohemian village to revitalize his family’s property at the beginning of the 19th century. Despite looking like a human, he feels closer to animals. He turns out to be the Hastrman, a water spirit who needs water to sustain his life and gain superhuman strength. In this romantic fantasy, a new love brings the Hastrman unexpected happiness and an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or cross the boundaries of intimacy with a human.
Organized by Lucerna Film, Czech Centres, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Inc.