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INDIAN SUMMER

Czech Republic, 1995 (MIFF 1996, Contemporary World Cinema )

Director: Sasa Gedeon

The creative vision of directors like Sasa Gedeon ensures a sound future for Czech film With Indian Summer he tackles the perils of puberty and the initiation of an innocent 15-year-old girl. Klara, by her worldly-wise cousin jealousy, power struggles, deception and revenge set their insular world alight Indian Summer is Sasa Gedeon's first feature film, made on a bare bones budget of only US $115,000-a sum closer to the mineral water allowance on your average Hollywood proiect.

Indian Summer speaks of the loneliness of the individual in a crowd, of the stupidity of love and hatred, set amidst the hubbub of an outdoor teenage village disco near an emptied swimming pool. On the surface it involves a story which is banal yet is of extreme importance for those concerned.

"It is mostly women who have had opinions about the film They wanted to know how many sisters I have—meaning that it is only through them that I could have observed the feelings and interests of teenage girls. I have no sisters, and basically, I know nothing of the feelings of teenage girls. When I was a teenager, they did not give a damn about me most of the time. The film is only about what teenage boys think about teenage girls. But possibly about something else as well, something that concerns us all, whoever we are " • Sasa Gedeon

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