Czech Republic, 2012, 90’
directed by: Bohdan Sláma, Petr Oukropec
written by: Tereza Horváthová, Petr Oukropec
cast: Jan Harti, Daniel Drewes, Barbora Hrzanova, Jan Hartl, Daniel Drewes
cinematography: Klaus Fuxjager
edited by: Jakub Hejna
producers: Pavel Strnad, Milan Kuchynka
production: Negativ, s.r.o.
TIFF Kids 2012; Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2012; Warsaw Film Festival 2013
In a bustling city, two children find and oasis and friendship in the botanical garden. There, amidst lush vegetation and animals, anything is possible. However, the city is run by evil Mayor who wants to tear the garden down in order to build an amusement park. It seems only one thing can save the botanical garden from destruction: a magic blue tiger which came to the city streets out of the blue. Johanka and Matyas take it as their mission to protect the tiger from Mayor and his followers and save the garden.
Bohdan Sláma was born in 1967. He is among the highest regarded Czech directors today, known for naturalistic dramas with elements of comedy. He received early recognition and acclaim for his films Wild Bees, Something Like Happiness and The Country Teacher. Petr Oukropec was born in 1972 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In 1995, he co-founded the production company Negativ s.r.o., one of the leading production companies in the Czech Republic. He works as a producer, director and lecturer at FAMU, Production Department.