„Thou shalt not sin with a woman, a man, or thee“, says the oath Ondřej takes when entering the order of Crusaders. He resists earthly temptations arm in arm with his friend Armin as they let waves of the ice-cold Baltic wash over their naked bodies. After Ondřej gives in to his desire for a normal life and flees the monastery, devoted Armin decides to follow Ondřej to his home keep and bring him back on the right track. One of the best films of the legendary Czechoslovak New Wave starring gorgeous Petr Čepek and Jan Kačer relentlessly offers itself to queer reading: it is a story of two men driven apart by irreconcilable passions.
Recommend to watch after Queer café Lukáše Skupy.
The Valley of the Bees
CZ, SK / 1967
CZ / EN tit
96 min / 35mm
Writers: Vladimír Körner, František Vláčil
Director: František Vláčil
Cast: Petr Čepek, Jan Kačer, Věra Galatíková
Brno: 8. 11. /// 18.00 /// Art
Praha: 15. 11. /// 17.45 /// Světozor