I worked with him on his film The Buttoners
, and years later he directed my chamber opera Toufar.
The mood isn't lightened by the purpose of their trip: Christoffer's been summoned by a lawyer (Borivoj Navratil, from fest fave "Buttoners
") to claim the body of his estranged father, which he's determined to inter in the family plot.
If you fancy something completely different then The Buttoners
is definitely it.
The team, which includes a handful of upholsters, buttoners
, studders (those who hammer in the distinctive studs into the back of each Chesterfield), finishers (in charge of finishing and checking the final product) and packers is predominantly male, with two female machinists to balance out the ever-growing testosterone levels.
In his first purely theatrical feature since the 1999 cult favorite "Buttoners
," Czech helmer Petr Zelenka hews closely to his distinctive brand of eccentric humanism via a put-upon Every man who struggles to understand the world in droll relationship comedy "Wrong Side Up." Fest programmers will flip for this item, and positive word-of-mouth should garner limited arthouse play for a low-key and determinedly idiosyncratic comedy that will find appreciative audiences on the tube and in homevid.