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GREEDY GUTS

by Jan Švankmajer

synopsis

When a childless couple learns that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a tree stump in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. The woman takes the piece of wood as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When it takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child…

international title: Greedy Guts
original title: Otesánek
country: Czech Republic, United Kingdom
sales agent: Cinepol International
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan Švankmajer
film run: 127'
release date: CZ 24/01/2001, SK 12/04/2001, GB 26/10/2001
screenplay: Jan Švankmajer
cast: Veronika Žilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový, Kristina Adamcová, Dagmar Stribrná, Zdenek Kozák, Jitka Smutná
cinematography by: Juraj Galvánek
film editing: Marie Zemanová
art director: Jan Švankmajer, Eva Švankmajerová
costumes designer: Jan Švankmajer, Eva Švankmajerová
producer: Keith Griffiths, Jaromír Kallista, Jan Švankmajer
production: Athanor, Barrandov Studios, Film4
backing: Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography
distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment Czech Republic