Advent

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

11 January 1957

Runtime

77 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Advent

Czech title

Advent

English title

Advent

Synopsis

Františka, wife of farmer Podešva, searches in vain for her little son Metúdek on a winter night. Her rough and much older husband refuses to help her. Desperate young woman recalls the preceding events. Eight years ago she was in love with a forest worker Jan. Before the planned wedding took place Jan died while working in the forest. Pretty but poor Františka became a single mother. Rich widower Podešva fancied her, and to secure a future for her son, she finally gave in to his courting and married to his farm. Farmer's behaviour soon worsened. Embittered maid Rozína hated her and Metúdek. Nevertheless, despite Františka's requests Podešva refused to sack her, because he would have to pay her owed salaries for eleven years. Františka worked very hard, but the relationships at the farm were steadily worsening. Metúdek often ran away to his granny in the village. Františka could not stand her husband ever since she caught him with Rozína in the hay. Young woman awakens from her memories and searches for her son again. She finds him crying in the barn. Embracing her child, she leaves the farm for good. Podešva and Rozína remain in the barn. The hay catches fire from the overthrown lantern and a wind blow slams the heavy door shut. Farmer and maid die in the burning building.

Cast

Gustav Hilmar

sedlák Jura Podešva

Nina Jiránková

Františka Plesníková, později Podešvová

Marie Vášová

děvečka Rozína

Vojtěch Rosenberg

Metúdek, Františčin syn

Otto Lackovič

dřevorubec Jan Gavrlík

Zdeňka Baldová

kořenářka Maryna

Jarmila Kurandová

Plesnička, Metúdkova babička

Milada Smolíková

manželka nadlesního

Alois Cepek

strýc Kysučan

Hynek Němec

strýc Dracula

Jiří Němeček

sklenář Ondra

Zdeněk Bulava

Vladimír Stárek

Josef Šťastný

Vojtěch Hyžák

František Pavelka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Assistant Director

Zdena Pavlátová, Jordan Balurov

Based on

Jarmila Glazarová (Advent – román)

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Second Unit Photography

Jan Novák

Camera Operator

Adolf Hejzlar

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Assistent Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Costume Designer

prof. Alois Schneiderka

Assistant Film Editor

Vlasta Rubášová

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Jaroslav Řeřicha

Unit Production Manager

Přemek Longa

Unit Production Manager

Jan Kadlec

Consultant

prof. Alois Schneiderka, Arnošt Kubeša

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Songs

Hodina, hodina, hodina druhá

Singer Valašský soubor Kyčera

Už se Morava zatočila

Singer Valašský ženský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Advent

Czech Title

Advent

English Title

Advent

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Production specifications

projection approval 4 December 1956

Premiere

premiere 11 January 1957 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /5 týdnů/, Bystrica /1 týden od 18. 1./, Kyjev /1 týden od 25. 1./, Aero /1 týden od 1. 2./ a Arbes /1 týden od 8. 2./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

77 min

Original length in metres

2 200 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech