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Eliska, a young nurse working at a hospital is carrying on a love affair with richard, a surgeon. They're members of a secret resistance movement against the nazi'S. A love triangle ensues when a local resident needs a transfusion. As the gestapo closes in on them, lives get lost and changed forever.


Studio Sony
SKU 40704025
UPC 043396070219
UPC 14 00043396070219
Format DVD
Release Date 2/8/2005
Rating Rating
Small Town Life
World War II
Editors Note
Note A stunning drama of epic proportions, Ondrej Trojan's ZELARY is set in the chaos and upheaval of Eastern Europe during WWII, and garnered an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Eliska (Anna Geislerová) is a young woman who is involved with the Prague resistance, along with her lover Richard (Ivan Trojan), a surgeon. She works in a city hospital as a nurse, where one night a badly injured man named Joza arrives, desperately in need of a blood transfusion. Eliska is the only person who has the same blood type, and she saves his life, cementing their bond through shared blood. When her underground activities are discovered and she is forced to hide from the Gestapo, she is sent to her former patient's remote village to pose as his rural farm wife. Her new husband is a simple, childlike man, and her adopted milieu is a holdover from a century past. The urban, modern woman is forced to adapt to her new surroundings, while the antagonism between she and Joza slowly develops into a deep love. The breathtakingly gorgeous scenery, dramatic storyline that addresses themes both timeless and historical, and the enchanting performances of the actors, all contribute to making ZELARY an unforgettable, truly moving experience.
Ondrej Trojan
György Cserhalmi
Ana Geislerová
Jaroslava Adamová
Cast & Crew
Anna Geislerova - Actor
Asen Sopov - Cinematographer
Gyorgy Cserhalmi - Actor
Jaroslava Adamova - Actor
Kveta Legatova - Based On Novel By
Milan Kuchynka - Executive Producer
Miroslav Donutil - Actor
Ondrej Trojan - Director
Ondrej Trojan - Producer
Petr Jarchovsky - Writer
Petr Ostrouchov - Musical Score
Vladimir Barak - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 07021
UPC 00043396070219
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 148 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Czech
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks Czech
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review Managing to be at once epic and intimate, Zelary matches a resilient urban woman against a compassio
Reviewer Eddie Cockrell
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The stream of films about this period seems to never stop. "Zelary'' distinguishes itself from the p
Reviewer Ruthe Stein
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Geislerova,Anna
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, New York Times ...absorbing... powerful.
Bill Gallo, Dallas Observer ...a romantic alchemy that's raw, unsettling, and touching.

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