The Seventh Continent

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1960

Production year

1960

Premiere

17 March 1961

Runtime

82 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Sedmý kontinent

Czech title

Sedmý kontinent

English title

The Seventh Continent

Synopsis

The Zbudovo moors in South Bohemia are meant to become the "seventh continent" of fertile land. For the moment, the employed workers and the volunteers are encountering only mud and rain in their drainage work. Moreover, the work is constantly affected by their personal problems. Old excavator operator Rubeš has difficulties with his oilman Vašek who from time to time forgets to do some things. This is why Rubeš is not very pleased when his daughter Věra starts seeing Vašek, and even joins the voluntary work just to be closer to him. Rubeš can't forget his other oilman Kolafa who some time ago ran away from him because of his somewhat strict teaching methods. Kolafa now joins the work on the moors as an independent excavator operator. Míša, the young girlfriend of Kolafa's oilman Pepík, comes to the moors with the next group of volunteers. Pepík is treating the girl as his possession and his relationship to her is frivolous. The disappointed Míša is becoming more and more attracted to Kolafa. In time, Rubeš changes his mind about Vašek and even looks after him when the young man falls ill. The never ending rain is paralyzing the work, people are making very little money and they want to leave. When the excavators get stuck in the mud and are in danger of getting ruined, however, they all join together to save them.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

bagrista Antonín Rubeš

Milan Sládek

mazač Vašek

Petr Haničinec

bagrista Karel Kolafa

Stanislav Fišer

mazač Pepík

Jaroslava Tvrzníková

Věra, Rubešova dcera

Jaroslav Vojta

Rudolf Šamoník

Zuzana Fišárková

brigádnice Milada Stárková zvaná Míša

Gustav Heverle

stavbyvedoucí Toušl

Karel Brožek

brigádník Emil

Waldemar Matuška

brigádník Kábrt

Pavel Linhart (2)

Honza

Karel Štědrý

brigádník

Viktor Očásek

děda Vincek Kotýnek

Josef Mixa

předseda JZD

Josef Bulík

František, Šamoníkův syn

Zdeněk Najman

Miloš, Šamoníkův syn

Otto Hradecký

předseda KSČ Šána

Pavla Maršálková

Rubešova žena

Josef Zíma

brigádník

Ivo Niederle

brigádník

Marian Cingroš

harmonikář

Antonín Hardt

buldozerista

Zdeněk Küffer

L. Skřivánek

J. Vrbská

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislav Černý

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Toms

Shooting Script

Václav Gajer

Director of Photography

František Valert

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Šámal

Camera Operator

Rudolf Holan

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Jaroslava Vilímková

Costume Designer

Libuše Hozová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Jaromír Lukáš

Consultant

ing. Emil Hřídel, plk. Alois Bíca, Bohumil Kočer, Eduard Vondrys

Cooperation

Kolektiv ČSM Filmového studia Barrandov

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

Jiří Jirmal /kytara/, Karel Moravec

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec

Singer

skupina divadla Semafor, sbor (Ó, hřebíčku zahradnický – píseň), sbor (Bylo jí šestnáct – píseň), Waldemar Matuška (Chovejte mě, má matičko – píseň), Karel Štědrý (Chovejte mě, má matičko – píseň), Stanislav Fišer (Na rozloučení, mý potěšení – píseň), Waldemar Matuška (Když nastaly deště – píseň), Karel Štědrý (Když nastaly deště – píseň), Karel Brožek (Když nastaly deště – píseň), sbor (Když nastaly deště – píseň)

Production info

Original Title

Sedmý kontinent

Czech Title

Sedmý kontinent

English Title

The Seventh Continent

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1960

Production Year

1960

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 27 January 1960
technical Screenplay approved 10 April 1960
start of filming 29 April 1960
end of filming 29 September 1960
projection approval 22 December 1960

Premiere

premiere 17 March 1961

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

82 min

Original length in metres

2 334 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 3. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1961
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Umělecká soutěž k 15. výročí zrodu lidově-demokratické Československé republiky

1960
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Václav Gajer

Vítěz

Event: Umělecká soutěž k 15. výročí zrodu lidově-demokratické Československé republiky

1960
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Ota Hofman