About a friendship between a Greek and a Czech and great courage and patriotism
Ondřej Vetchý, Miroslav Donutil and more
Filming locations in Brno: Roman Square (Římské náměstí), Hády Quarry (lom Hády), Petrov Hill, Premonstratensian monastery in Zábrdovice (Premonstrátský klášter v Zábrdovicích), and more
ABOUT THE FILM
A comedy with dramatic elements named for a Greek migrant from the 1940s who came to Czechoslovakia to escape civil war and found a new home. My Uncle Archimedes captures the first wave of Greek emigrants and focuses on the story of the Greek Archimedes and the Czech Karel who despite clearly different natures become true friends and together experience many tragicomic situations. The story is told from the perspective of the now-grown Aris, Archimedes’ nephew, who reminisces on how the escape from Greek to Czechoslovakia changed his uncle’s life.
- Czech Republic, France, Germany, 2108
- Filming locations in Brno: Františkánská Street, Roman Square (Římské náměstí), Maloměřice Station, Líšeň Quarry (lom Líšeň), Koliště, Petrov Hill, Premonstratensian monastery in Zábrdovice (Premonstrátský klášter v Zábrdovicích), JAMU Faculty of Theatre (divadelní fakulta JAMU)
- Filming locations in South Moravia: Křižanov – Jakubovský dvůr, Hoštice Chateau (Zámek Hoštice), Lednice Station, Rudka
- Photo credit: Czech Television Brno (Česká televize Brno)
- Written by: Petr Hudský and George Agathonikiadis
- Directed by: George Agathonikiadis
- Staring: Ondřej Vetchý, Miroslav Donutil, Dana Černá, Veronika Freimanová, Tadeáš Štourač, Petr Štěpán, Stanislav Zindulka, Tomáš Töpfer, Jiří Dvořák, Ivan Lupták, Kristýna Boková, and more
Roman Square (Římské náměstí) and Františkánská Street
Roman Square is one of the most valuable locations in Brno – a 13th century well was found there. It lies in the former Jewish quarter, was known as the Jewish Yard (Židovský plácek), and is bisected by Františkánská Street, named for the neighbouring Franciscan monastery, founded in 1646 and abolished in 1786. The square will soon undergo renovations.
Hády Quarry (lom Hády)
Limestone extraction in the Hády Quarry ended in 1997, and the area is now popular for recreational activities, including visits to the Llama Centre. The Hády transmitter rises over the city, while the quarry offers beautiful views of Brno and has great ecological value. The area is formed of four connected former quarries – the Jungle, Old and New City, and Růžena quarries.
On top of Petrov Hill sits the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul (Katedrála sv. Petra a Pavla), known from 10-crown coins. Together with Špilberk Castle (hrad Špilberk), it dominates over Brno and is impossible to overlook, but few would guess that both its towers come from the early 20th century. Under the monumental cathedral lies Denis Gardens (Denisovy sady) and its immediate surroundings have a very intimate and picturesque atmosphere.
Zábrdovice Monastery (Zábrdovický klášter)
The Zábrdovice Monastery, which now mostly serves as the Military Hospital (Vojenská nemocnice), is a former monastery of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré (Premonstratensians). The compound also includes the baroque Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie) and the former Church of Saint Cunigunde (kostel svaté Kunhuty), which was build before the monastery was founded (it was consecrated in 1211). The former monastery has been declared a cultural monument of the Czech Republic.