Intieme belichting (Intimate Lighting)
In the 1960s, a fresh wind blew across communist Czechoslovakia, also extending to Czech cinema. At the time, Ivan Passer, a frequent collaborator of Miloš Forman, was one of the directors belonging to the Czech New Wave, an innovative movement inspired by the French Nouvelle Vague and the American Direct Cinema. The period of relative freedom ended in 1968, when Warsaw Pact troops brutally suppressed the Prague Spring. Passer immigrated to the United States a year later.
As a musician who graduated with honours at the music conservatory, Bambas has somehow ended up living his life in a small provincial town. He is the director of the local music school, occasionally playing at parties and weddings. And he's okay with this. His peaceful life is disrupted by the arrival of cellist Petr, an old study friend from Prague, who has brought his girlfriend Stepa along as well. Bambas and Petr look back on their lives till now.