Beyond that Forest

drama, war

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tam za lesem

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

23.11.1962

Language version

Czech

Director

Pavel Blumenfeld

Synopsis

Over a calm mountain landscape, the voices of soldiers are heard who, long ago, fought a heavy battle for this piece of land - the Dukla pass. The story rolls back almost twenty years, to September 1944. Former teacher Martin Dzurniak, now an armament supplier of the Czechoslovak army corps, has been fighting in the Soviet Union and one day finds himself with his unit close to the border of his homeland. The Czech and Slovak soldiers have no idea yet that they are going to fight several weeks instead of the expected several days and that many of them is going to die here. Martin manages to arrange a delivery of arms from the Soviet Captain Ivanov and only by miracle survives the German fighter dive-bombing of his jeep. In the beginning of October, the soldiers cross the border but the heavy fighting continues. Martin has many discussions with Sergeant Brzoň and believes that after the war, the world will change for better since the war teaches people solidarity. Brzoň, however, is sceptical. Martin is severely injured during the removal of a mine and ends up in hospital. Here, he meets not only with his wounded co-fighters but also with a Hungarian captive. The negative feelings towards the "enemy" change as soon as the patients learn that the young man's leg must be amputated. Months pass. Martin is limping on a pair of crutches, struggling to go for a walk. All of a sudden, he hears the town bells ringing and realizes that the war is over. He feels lonesome for a while but then is surrounded by a gleeful crowd.

Cast

Július Vašek

poručík Martin Dzurniak

Jiří Vala

četař Ladislav Brzoň

Tibor Kišš

vojín Jurka Kanaloš, cikán

Mária Markovičová

lékařka

Oľga Adamčíková

farářova hospodyně

Jana Werichová

četařka

Emil Horváth

farář

Jozef Kramár

sovětský kapitán Petr Pavlovič Ivanov

Milan Charvát

řidič Jirka Hochmal

Ján Bzdúch

plukovník

Pavel Molčík

voják Chudoba

Vladimír Kostovič

voják Fichtl

Adolf Král

voják Terenčík

Ján Pelech

maďarský zajatec Imre Juhás

Adam Matejka

polský sedlák

František Papp

ostřelovač

Ivan Palúch

poručík Dohnal

Miloš Forman

lékař

Gita Mikulová

vesničanka

Adriana Čalkovská

zdravotní sestra

Mária Kajdová

slovenské děvče

Gejza Vavrecký

neznámý umírající voják

Alexander Béke

pacient Daubner

Kveta Michalcová

zdravotní sestra

Vladimír Weiser

pátrač Sivák

Jiří Nevařil

dubl za Milana Charváta

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miloš Forman

Assistant Director

Boca Abrhámová, Eliška Vojtová

Screenstory

Pavel Blumenfeld

Second Unit Photography

Zdeněk Prchlík

Camera Operator

Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

David Jan (2), Karel Kočí, Bohuslav Varhaník

Costume Designer

Zdena Kadrnožková

Sound Designer

Václav Škvor, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Hajný

Consultant

plk. dr. Rudolf Bejkovský, plk. Alois Bíca

Cooperation

Ministerstvo národní obrany ČSSR, Štěpánka Stříbrná, Aleš Voleman, Ivana Strahovská

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Pauer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Tam za lesem

English Title

Beyond that Forest

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Premiere

23.11.1962

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech