15 Eastern European Cult Classic Films You Should Know About

il_570xN.606752858_2i5rShe Grazed Horses on Concrete (Slovak: Pásla kone na betóne), dir. Štefan Uher (1982)

One of the biggest successes of Slovak cinema, She Grazed Horses on Concrete uses comedy and irony to explore abortion, sexual freedom, miscarriage, and women’s autonomy in society. The plot centers around a woman named Johanka (Milka Zimková), who has a quick romance with a well-digger (Peter Vonš), the fruit of which is a daughter named Paulina. Eighteen years later, Johanka is still single, but has become a well-respected worker at the local co-op farm. Paulina is of an age to be married, but instead loses her virginity to a soldier and gets pregnant. She Grazed Horses on Concrete was the first film to use the regional variety of the Slovak language.