Every summer, socialist youth of Czechoslovakia were packed off to the countryside to work in the hop fields. THE HOP-PICKERS taps into the universal story of the teen rebellion, offering evidence that the generation gap was not exclusive to decadent Western society. The story circles around two friends – highbrow nerd Filip and charming, down-to-earth Hana. Envious of their individualism, the conformist bully Honza observes them closely and makes sure that the proper authorities are informed. In the setting of luscious green fields, glorious blue skies and romanticized communal living, love blossoms, against all (socialist) odds, to the accompaniment of impressive choreography and energetic music.
THE HOP-PICKERS was the first – and widely considered best ever – Czech musical. It was seen by 3 million people upon its release in the summer of 1964 alone. An instant classic, newly restored by the Czech National Film Archive, with the cooperation of the National Library of Norway.
Introduction before the screening on Thursday.
The film is also part of the event BEER AND FILM: BEER TASTING & THE HOP PICKERS at Mack Brewery Thursday Jan. 18. at 18:00.