When Jiri Trnka died in November 1969 (aged 57), he had a State funeral with honours. Only four months later, The Hand was banned; all copies were confiscated by the secret police, put in a safe and the film was forbidden for screening for next 20 years. The parallels of his own life as with the creative character in The? Hand which ultimately ended in an early death then honoured is unnerving.
A tragicomic story of a little man who wishes to make a flower-pot for his beloved flower and an almighty and always present hand that forces the man to create a portrait celebrating it. It is a horrifying protest against any violence restraining human freedom, emotions, creative force or life. It is one of the milestones of Czech and world animation.