The poetical tragicomedy.
A taxi unloads two small figures in a winter landscape. The two very short and not too young people are circus artists – knife thrower Professor Alexander and his figurante who nicknames herself Barbara de Anatolia. They are heading to Gyergyó to perform there as arranged. They are, however, indeed poorly equipped for the long hike. The midget woman wears high heels and a thin, fake panther coat. Her red hat and lace gloves do not keep her warm either. She complains she cannot breathe. The two trudge through the forest in a chilly early evening. It takes Professor Alexander one throw to spear an apple on the woman’s head to the tree. Barbara tries to bite at the fruit flirtatiously but her denture gets stuck in it and it is, moreover, broken. She fortunately has a spare one. But that is the last moment of cheer. The woman’s condition worsens and she finally curls up into ball topped up by the hat on her drooping head. Alexander runs into a farm after a while and finds shelter for the night in a rabbit hutch, where he is found by the family – a farmer, his wife and two little daughters. They give him food. The next morning, the children discover Barbara, chilled to the marrow. Her body is so light that even the little girls can carry her to the farm. It is, however, too late for rescue. And the Professor, after performing his art to the landlords, falls asleep again and snores loudly.
The film is often mistakenly listed as The Benefit of Professor Alexander and Barbara de Anatolia. The correct title was confirmed by director Gawlik. The short story, entitled Trip to Gyorgyó (Gyorgyó éghajlata), from the collection Eufrat near the Babylon was published in 1988 in the magazine Světová literatura, volume XXXIII.
Ádám Bodor (Cesta do Gyergyó /Gyergyó é/ – povídka ze sbírky Eufrat u Babylonu /Az Eufrátesz Babilonnál/)
Martina Bauerová, Janez Burger, Marcel Bystroň, Martin Douba, Patrik Fischer, Květoslava Gawliková, Michaela Hirschová, Kateřina Hubálková, Stanislav Kázecký, František Kölbel, Pavel Marek, Sanjin Mirić, Alena Nosková, Jan Pecha, Jaromír Polišenský, Pavel Rejholec, Radek Rondevald, Jana Szücsová, Roman Vávra, Pavlína Volrábová
Milostné zvířátko uděláme z vás (Prodaná nevěsta), Znáš ten kraj čárných vnad (Mignon)
Benefice Profesora Alexandera a Barbary de Anatolia
The Benefit of Professor Alexander and Barbara de Anatolia