Part travelogue, part science-fiction epic and part environmental critique, Miloslav Novák’s wonderfully idiosyncratic film defies definition. A serendipitous encounter with a tourist brochure led the director to the discovery of the Mediterranean monk seal, the most endangered mammal in Europe. Novák set out in search of a face-to-face encounter with this elusive creature, undeterred by its exceptional rareness. (Some estimates put the remaining wild seal population at little more than 400 animals.) Humans have been steadily pushing the seal out of its traditional territory since the time of Homer, but this is probably the least of their crimes. In Czech with English subtitles. Directed by Miloslav Novak.
Introduced by Jana Racova, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Czech Republic.