Intimní osvětlení (Intimate Lighting). 1965. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Ivan Passer. With Vera Kresadlová, Zdenek Bezusek, Karel Blazek, Jan Vostrčil. 35mm. In Czech; English subtitle. 73 min.
Cellist Petr and his girlfriend Stepa, in the provinces to join a concert organized by Petr’s childhood friend Bambas, enjoy a tender, leisurely time in the countryside drinking, eating, bantering, and making music. Radically uneventful and minimalist, the film is filled with humorous everyday delights: Petr and Bambas reminisce about the passage of time; the urbanite Stepa discovers the pace and rituals of the countryside; musicians rehearse a Mozart quartet while slamming each other’s skills. A key work of the Czechoslovak New Wave, this debut feature is a timeless love poem to life, friendship, and music.