White Paradise by Karel Lamac

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The UK premiere of a restored box office hit from 1924 starring Anny Ondra and Karel Lamač in the role of naïve orphan Nina and escaped convict Ivan. With live musical accompaniment by Tomáš Vtípil.

In the snowy landscape of a desolate region, the orphan Nina (Anny Ondra) serves customers in a coaching inn, quarrelling with its owner, while Ivan (Karel Lamač), who has been jailed for embezzlement, escapes from prison to bring medicine to his dying mother. Hiding from the pursuing police in the inn's cellar, Ivan meets Nina who falls for his good heart and piercing eyes and decides to help him.

An ingeniously written script and the involvement of Der starke Vierer (The Strong Four) – one of the most distinctive creative teams to come out of early Czechoslovak cinema: director and actor Karel Lamač, cameraman Otto Heller, actress Anny Ondra and screenwriter Václav Wasserman – contributed to the international success of the film and opened the doors for Lamač and Ondra.