The Hastrman, Human or animal?
Film in production
Czech Republic, 2018
Director: Ondřej Havelka
Producer: Čestmír Kopecký, První veřejnoprávní s.r.o.
Fantastic - romantic - eco thriller
Based upon a novel by Miloš Urban
A film full of Czech nature, wild passion and folklore poetics.
Spanning centuries, myths, and legends The Hastrman tells the tale of a strange nobleman returning after years abroad to a small Bohemian village in the beginning of 19th century. The nobleman feels closer to animals despite looking like a human. He is a Hastrman - a water spirit. Water is his element. He loves it, understands it and communicates with it. He needs water not only to sustain his life, but also to gain superhuman strength and dexerity. In this romantic, fantastical, yet ironic story, love brings Hastrman unexpected happiness with an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or to cross the boundaries and get closer to become a human. Vivid and earthy folklore of local villagers brings authenticity to pagan folkways, yet the story ends in present times.