But the more he heads out into the eerie, misty woods to investigate the problem, the more disoriented Schmitke becomes, yet the more strangely familiar this environment seems. But what has become of his verbose colleague? And why can he never get a straight answer from the locals?
Schmitke will be preceded by the short animated film Mila Fog (11 mins, dir. Marta Prokopová, Slovakia, 2015): Mila escapes to the forest, where she finds new perspective on her modern existence.
Some have called Schmitke, Štěpán Altrichter's engimatic debut feature, "the Czech Twin Peaks", though the deadpan comedy of Roy Andersson is also an apt touchstone. Based on a short story by Tomáš Končinský entitled “Julius Schmitke Slipped through Death’s Fingers Like an Awkward Seal”, it stars renowned German actor Peter Kurth as hangdog engineer Julius Schmitke, a relic from a bygone age, who is sent from Germany to the Czech side of the Ore Mountains in order to fix a persistently noisy wind turbine.