Eliška Likes it Wild / Eliška má ráda divočinu (Czech Republic, 1999)

directed by Otakáro Schmidt, absurd comedy, 100 min, eng subtitles
written by Otakáro Schmidt
with Boleslav Polívka, Zuzana Stivínová, Veronika Žilková, Martin Dejdar

Marčélo, an aging magician-entertainer, and his beautiful wife-assistant - a couple in permanent battle - dream of performing in Italy while stuck in a small provincial town. A long array of strange characters hang around the town's confectionery shop and there unfolds a quasi-story about... what exactly?
Eliska is certainly one of the craziest, surreal, hyper-colourful and utterly psychedelic films in Central European cinema, a rare treat with icky cakes, hallucinogenic amanitas, weirdos and omnipresent erotic tension. Otakáro Schmidt's magical production is a sensual geyser of colourful images, captivating music, and unorthodox humour. The rigorous overstyling with its Felliniesque touches and dramaturgic freedom bring out the comic side of a long list of Czech stars cast in non-traditional roles.

Czech Lions 2000 (Best Sound)