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The Gracious Ghost (2013) 10

Czech Republic | 2013 | 92 min.

One night, the drifter Vojta discovers an underground treasure guarded by a mysterious spirit. He flees, but he manages to stuff a few gold coins and a small tinderbox into his pocket. He loses this money in a pub, but there he learns of a beautiful princess who never leaves the castle. When he eventually uses the tinderbox, he inadvertently summons the spirit, who must now serve him. At Vojta's command, the ghost brings the sleeping princess to him in the night and Vojta immediately falls in love. He can think of nothing other than the princess. The ghost is eager to help as he's grown fond of Vojta; being with him shows him how he had wasted his former life. But when a greedy court lady discovers the secret of the tinderbox and steals it. Now Vojta finds himself in danger, from which only the princess can help.

CountryCzech Republic
Duration92 min
SubtitleNo subtitles
Directed by Zdeněk Zelenka
Screenplay Zdeněk Zelenka
Director of Photography Pavel Berkovič
Music Jiří Škorpík
Edited by Dana Klempířová
Contact Česká televize


Zdeněk Zelenka (1954) is a screenwriter and director. He began as a film assistant and later graduated from FAMU. He made his debut with the co-produced film A Charming Heritage (Čarovné dědictví, 1985). His rich screenwriting and directorial works which cross diverse-genres are primarily connected with television, e.g. the films The Witness (Svědkyně, 1991), Kean (1995), The Big Case (Velký případ, 1999), Flea in the Ear (Brouk v hlavě, 2002), and Canadian Night (Kanadská noc, 2008). For children he has made, e.g. The Immortal Aunt (Nesmrtelná teta, 1993) and The Magic of Kings (Kouzla králů, 2008).