Constantin Werner

The Story

THE PAGEN QUEEN is a historic drama with fantasy elements based on the legend of Libuse, the Slavic queen of 8th century Bohemia, today's Czech Republic. Gifted with supernatural powers, a visionary and a seer, this extraordinary woman was able to see the future and in a turbulent time of cultural change founded the modern city of Prague.

Libuse ruled as a woman over the tribes of the region with her two beautiful sisters Kazi and Teta and an army of women under the command of her best friend, the Amazon Vlasta. When the peaceful community of farmers is under attack by raiders and split into different parties of power hungry landowners, Libuse is forced into marriage by her own people. Desperate she elects her long time lover, the simple but practical ploughman Premysl, to become her husband and king. Soon Premyl takes over the new kingdom and rules with an iron fist, enslaving the formerly free farmers. But Libuse’s friend Vlasta, who is secretly in love with her, refuses to follow the new leader and with her maiden army declares war on the men of Bohemia.

The film recreates the pagan, pre-Christian time period of the so called Dark Ages and shows that this magical epoch was in fact a time of ancient wisdom, personal freedom, closeness to nature and open sensuality. It shows the transgression from a pagan matriarchate to a modern patriarchate and demonstrates the differences between a female and a male style of leadership. It is also a passionate love story between two lovers from different social status, a queen and a ploughman, who meet in a time when the old ways of the Slavic tribes were coming to an end.