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by Roman Vávra


In the land of King Dobromil honest labour, decency, honesty and respect among people has become a thing of the past. Instead the country is gradually succumbing to Hell's force and, thus, those who have some remnants of decency prefer to flee. Slightly befuddled herbalist Apollonia has a dream that the land is rescued by an unknown 'saviour' who arrives with on an ass and marries Annie, the king's daughter. But who will believe this mad herbalist with her 'magical' herbs that often cause more chaos than benefit?

international title: The Devil Knows Why
original title: Čert vi proc
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
sales agent: Verbascum
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Roman Vávra
film run: 98'
release date: CZ 27/02/2003
screenplay: Roman Vávra, Ondrej Šulaj
cast: Tána Pauhofová, Iva Janžurová, Štepán Kubišta, Josef Somr, Csongor Kassai, Jirí Lábus, Eva Holubová
cinematography by: Ramunas Greicius
film editing: Tonicka Janková
art director: Frantisek Liptak
costumes designer: Katerina Mirová
music: Petr Ostrouchov
producer: Richard Němec
production: Verbascum, Czech Television - Česká televize, Mediarex Movie, Barrandov Studios, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska - Radio and Television Slovakia
backing: Czech Film Center
distributor: SpinFilm
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