Taking Refuge in the Wind

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Útěk do větru

Runtime

65 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Premiere

29.10.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Táborský

Summary

During the 1960s, experienced documentary filmmaker Václav Táborský made two narrative feature-films. Yet both Útěk do větru (Taking Refuge in the Wind, 1965) and Zázračný hlavolam (The Miraculous Brain Teaser, 1967) contain documentary elements. Sheila Ochová, the London-born daughter of wartime Czech exiles, co-wrote the screenplay with Táborský. The protagonists of the story are three 15-year-old boys, whose problems with truancy spiral out of control. Consequently, they run away from home and try to stand on their own two feet. Before being tracked down by the police, they find work in a JZD agricultural cooperative, thus proving that they can get by without the desultory care offered by their inattentive parents. Even in this fictional tale with a moral at the end, director Táborský pays close heed to authenticity, ensured partly by casting non-actors Michal Wiener, Pavel Pátek and Tomáš Novák in the leading roles.

Synopsis

Jirka, Karel and Martin are friends. They are fifteen and each of them has problems of his own at home. Jirka lives in wealth, but his parents never have time for him and substitute their loving care with money. Karel's father is an officer, insensitively submitting all his children to a military regime. Martin lives with his divorced father, who bans him from meeting his beloved mother. One day in May, the boys spend all day shirking school and then get imprudently drunk at Jirka's place. They run away from the town, afraid of punishment. They first camp out in a forest, but then run out of supplies and money and find work in the Standard Farming Cooperative of the nearby village. In the beginning, they do not do very well and even have several minor conflicts with the village youth. After some time, however, they begin to develop various skills and the villagers accept them among themselves, even inviting the boys to a village meeting where an official-in-charge is to hold a speech. The boys actively engage in the discussion, but the official dislikes their critical words. The next day, the police arrive at the village, and upon revealing the boys' identity, take them home. However, the boys do not grieve - they found friends in the village and have proved to themselves that they will not get lost in a crowd.

Cast

Michal Wiener

Martin Fryčák

Tomáš Novák

Jirka Navrátil

Pavel Pátek

Karel Doseděl

Květa Hanušová

prodavačka Věra

Zuzana Theuerová

Marie, Věřina kamarádka

Karel Meister ml.

traktorista

Miroslav Čadil

předseda družstva, Mariin otec

Miroslav Juroška

funkcionář z okresu

Ladislav Mrnka

důstojník Doseděl, Karlův otec

Bohuslav Ličman

Jirkův otec

Zdeňka Balounová

Jirkova matka

Ota Žebrák

Martinův otec

Květa Hustáková

Martinova matka

Antonín Hardt

příslušník VB

Jiří Liška

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaromír Borek

Screenstory

Sheila Ochová

Script Editor

Jiří Blažek

Camera Operator

Rudolf Červenka, Arne Parduba

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

František Santarius

Costume Designer

Naďa Škapová

Make-Up Artist

Bohumil Kubíček

Production Manager

Dušan Schaffer

Unit Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Věra Hábová

Cooperation

Ivan Matouš

Music

Music Composed by

Ferdinand Havlík

Music Conducted by

Ferdinand Havlík (Orchestr Ferdinanda Havlíka)

Songs

Oudolím, oudolím, V duchu si křídou násobím, Do lesíčka na čekanou, Už mně koně vyvádějí, Praha je opravdu tak krásná

Songwriter

Ferdinand Havlík (Oudolím, oudolím), lidová píseň (Do lesíčka na čekanou), Miloš Vacek (Do lesíčka na čekanou) (úprava)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Štaidl (Oudolím, oudolím)

Singer

Karel Gott (Oudolím, oudolím), Karel Gott (V duchu si křídou násobím), sbor (Už mně koně vyvádějí), Karel Meister ml. (Praha je opravdu tak krásná), sbor (Do lesíčka na čekanou)

Production info

Original Title

Útěk do větru

English Title

Taking Refuge in the Wind

Working Title

Vítr zpívá príma písničku

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Premiere

29.10.1965

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

65 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Benátky

1965
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Festival: 17. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Benátky

1965
Benátky / Italy

Vítěz

Festival: 17. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Benátky

1965
Benátky / Italy