Holiday with Minka

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production year

1962

Premiere

31 May 1963

Runtime

85 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Prázdniny s Minkou

Czech title

Prázdniny s Minkou

English title

Holiday with Minka

Summary

In the early 1960’s, director Josef Pinkava was one of the filmmakers who contributed to the domestic boom of films for children and youth. One of Pinkava's first successful films was the summer adventure of a group of rural children who go on holiday to a mountain village. The children help herd the cows and experience all sorts of small incidents, but the small community sticks together mainly thanks to a mottled horse named Minka. The group is led by the sensible Vlasta (non-actress Veronika Štefanová), but problems in the collective grow because of the son of the chairman of the agricultural cooperative, Jirka. Jirka was played by Luboš Petřík. Pinkava had previously cast Luboš Petřík in the medium-length children's film Who Gets the Cup?. Songs by Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr give the film a contemporary progressive swing. The film won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix Pelayo at the 1964 Gijón International Film Festival.

Synopsis

A group of children from the village wheedle the leader of the local Standard Farming Cooperative into buying a horse, Minka, from one of the cooperative's members. The children look after Minka and use it to take snacks and lunch to the fields for the farmers. This way they can make some money to buy equipment so that during the holidays they can head for the mountains with Minka. In the mountains, they take the cows out to pasture for Vašek's grandfather and persuade him to go to the village for a couple of days while they look after his cows and cottage. After his departure, the children, led by the practical Vlasta, manage well. Jirka, the cooperative leader's arrogant son, is the only one causing problems. He fancies Vlasta and likes to show off in front of her. He doesn't like working and prefers to spend all his time just riding around on Minka. He makes friends with boys from a nearby village and they taunt him into competing in a race on horseback. He fails, however, and moreover in a freak storm after the race, Minka runs away. Jirka goes out looking for the horse and hurts himself. The other children help him, the horse is found and all the misunderstandings are resolved. The holidays are almost over and they all return home happily.

Cast

Luboš Petřík

Jirka Souček

Petr Sobotka

Josífek

Luděk Panáček

Láďa

Pavel Bolek

Vašek

František Očadlík

Karlík, Vlastin bratr

Milena Asmanová

Součková, Jirkova matka

Helena Kotoučová

babička Kalendová

Eva Matalová

Lojzova žena

Jitka Rákosníková

Bursáková

Zdeněk Blažek (2)

družstevník František

Jan Matýsek

Vlastin otec

Karel Meister

předseda JZD Josef Souček, Jirkův otec

Adolf Minský

Vaškův děda

Blažena Rýznarová

prodavačka

Evžen Kubíček

družstevník

Dubbing

Josef Hlinomaz

hlas řidiče nákladního auta

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Hrubeš, Bohumil Svoboda

Screenstory

Jiří Blažek

Director of Photography

Jiří Kolín

Camera Operator

Oldřich Řičánek, Rudolf Červenka

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Vilém Janík

Make-Up Artist

Jiří Budín

Sound Designer

František Strangmüller, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Dušan Schaffer

Unit Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Cooperation

JZD Výšovice, Státní statek Světlá Hora

Music

Music Composed by

Vlastimil Hála

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček), Orchestr Karla Vlacha

Songs

Ach, ta láska nebeská

Song Composer Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Waldemar MatuškaEva Pilarová

Písnička pro Zuzanu

Song Composer Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Waldemar Matuška

Babičko, nauč mě charleston /parafráze Dědečku, prosím Tě/

Song Composer Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics L. Binovský
Singer dětský sbor

Pramínek vlasů

Song Composer Jiří Suchý
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří Suchý

Production info

Original Title

Prázdniny s Minkou

Czech Title

Prázdniny s Minkou

English Title

Holiday with Minka

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1962

Production Year

1962

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 21 March 1962
technical Screenplay approved 1 June 1962
start of filming 4 June 1962
end of filming 7 November 1962
projection approval 27 December 1962
withdrawal from distribution 30 September 1991

Premiere

premiere 31 May 1963 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 14 June 1963 /suitable for youths/ (kino Sokolovo /1 týden/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

85 min

Original length in metres

2 428 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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: 2. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Gijón

1964
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Gijón

1964
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Gijón

1964
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. celostátní přehlídka československých filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1963
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. celostátní přehlídka československých filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1963
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Blažek

Vítěz

Festival: 15. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Benátky

1963
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. celostátní přehlídka československých filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1963
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Josef Pinkava

Vítěz

Festival: 15. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Benátky

1963
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. celostátní přehlídka československých filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1963
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Josef Pinkava