A young couple, Michal and Ruby, embark on a mysterious journey through Prague, a long-time centre of alchemy, in search of a mystic stone which once belonged to a well-known philosopher. Němec has always been preoccupied with the nature of history, observing its oppressive relationships with the current moment. Partly an occult quest, partly an archeological trip into the Europe of the 20th century, the film explores the past and present as highly volatile substances which are changing all the time, and mostly for the worse.
While Michal and Ruby discover ghosts of the Third Reich in contemporary as well as ancient Prague, the film moves towards an experimental, or alchemical, blend of documentary, archival material and fiction, becoming as multilayered, perplexing and dramatically dense as the history itself.

Original title
Jméno kódu: Rubín
Filmmaker
Jan Němec
Country
Czech Republic
Year
1996
Medium
35mm
Length
80’
Language
Czech
Producer
Iva Ruszeláková
Production Company
Jan Němec - Film
Sales
Jan Němec - Film
Writer
Jan Němec, Iva Ruszeláková
Cinematography
František A. Brabec
Editor
Šárka Němcová
Sound Design
Ivo Špalj
Music
Jan Hammer
Cast
Jan Potměšil, Lucie Rejchrtová, Čestmír Řanda, Josef Miřácký, Václav Tomšovský, Jaromír Typlt, Milos Stehlik