The Time of Rowanberries

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

27 December 1963

Runtime

32 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionmedium

Original title

Čas jeřabin

Czech title

Čas jeřabin

English title

The Time of Rowanberries

Synopsis

It is shortly before Christmas and František Valda returns to his native village to visit his mother. The landscape is covered with snow, and when František spots a man lying by the road, immediately stops his car. The man is very drunk and would certainly freeze to death without help. František puts him on his feet and tries to tell about him the people in the nearby house. Its inhabitants, however, do not even open the door. František returns to the man and loads him into his car. The unknown does not respond to any questions nor sympathetic words about loneliness. František therefore drops him off by a wooden hut on a railway station. The mother welcomes and hosts her son but he cannot but think about the horrible frost outside all the time. He returns to the hut but there is no one there any more. František stops by in the local pub and asks his childhood friend publican Arnošt for a flash lamp. At the very moment, the unknown man steps into the local with František passing utterly unnoticed. He seems to be in much better shape than before. He, however, again disappears in the dark. František calms down and returns home to his mother.

Cast

Vlastimil Brodský

František Valda

Jarmila Kurandová

Františkova matka

Růžena Merunková

sousedka Květa

Oldřich Velen

hostinský Arnošt Kouba

Vladimír Huber

Dubbing Vladimír Hlavatý
železničář

František Ocman

kluk s bruslemi

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Milan Kadlec, Irena Klausová

Shooting Script

Miroslav Sobota

Director of Photography

František Valert

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Ladislav Rada, Ivan Síbrt

Costume Designer

Bohumil Sochor

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Černý

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Kolbasová, Josef Mojžíš

Music

Music Composed by

archivní

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Vánoční tanec), Ronald Binge (Alžbětinská serenáda)

Production info

Original Title

Čas jeřabin

Czech Title

Čas jeřabin

English Title

The Time of Rowanberries

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 4 December 1962
technical Screenplay approved 16 January 1963
start of filming 6 February 1963
end of filming 15 March 1963
projection approval 8 October 1963

Premiere

preview 20 December 1963 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 27 December 1963 /suitable for youths/ (kina Pasáž /4 týdny/, Mír /1 týden/, Praha /1 týden/, Bystrica /1 týden od 3. 1. 1964/, Veletrhy /1 týden od 10. 1. 1964/ a Vzlet /1 týden od 17. 1. 1964/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

medium length film

Duration in minutes

32 min

Original length in metres

920 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