The singing and noise of guests celebrating a wedding feast come from a dance hall adjacent to The World Café. The experienced woman bartender at the tap is attending several guests. But when she goes to the toilet, she discovers a young woman who has hanged herself. The bartender cuts the girl down, turns the guests out and calls for the emergency services and the police. The doctor can only state death. Some nosy Parkers, however, remain behind the café's window and try to get in. The nervous bartender lets in only a youngster in a torn-off boiler suit and an acquaintance of hers - a lathe-worker from a nearby factory. In the meantime, the drunk groom hit one of the policemen in the eye and was arrested for assaulting a public authority. The lathe-worker is at the same time an artist and gives a monologue about his exhibition of prints entitled "Tactile Experience of a Factory". He keeps recollecting a girl who left him for she was unable to bear life in poverty, having no idea that this former lover of his lies in the kitchen behind the bar, dead. The drunk bride does not want to be left alone during the wedding night. When the police refuses to free her groom, she leaves with the artist. In the dark windy night, the man then tears her veil to rags, using them to tie the young trees to the props in the park to prevent them from breaking.
Bohumil Hrabal (Automat Svět – povídka ze sbírky Pábitelé)
Jiří Štíbr, Vladimír Zajíc
František Zajíček, Jan Vrňata, Viktor Fixl
Růžena Nováková (klapka)
The World Café
16mm, 35mm, DCP 2-D, BRD
colour, black & white