The End of August at the Ozone Hotel

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

28 April 1967

Runtime

78 min

Director

Jan Schmidt

Category

film

Genre

sci-fi

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon

Czech title

Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon

English title

The End of August at the Ozone Hotel

Synopsis

The world has been devastated by a nuclear catastrophe. Nine women and three horses move through the shattered landscape. These eight young girls led by an old woman are in quest of men, hoping that they have also survived the catastrophe. The old woman wants the girls to have children who would one day populate the deserted planet. The young women remember nothing from the previous era, since they were only born after the terrifying apocalypse. They are wild and cruel, but they obey their leader, even if they often cannot understand her sadness or grasp her decisions. One day a magical valley appears before them, with the small, run-down Hotel Ozone and a man living in it. The old woman is glad to see him, but she has not reached her desired aim because the man is very old. Saddened, the old woman dies during a small feast. The girls prepare to set off on a journey again, and one of them takes over as the leader. They want to take with them the old man's gramophone with a single record, but the old man refuses to part with his only memory of the old life. The girls kill him for it. Then they continue their journey through a landscape devoid of life and beauty.

Note

The film short story, entitled The End of August at the Ozone Hotel (Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon) by Pavel Juráček was published in 1965 in the magazine Mladý svět, volume VII. The text of the short story itself was written in the spring of 1958.

Cast

Ondrej Jariabek

Dubbing Vladimír Hlavatý
starý muž Otakar Herold

Beta Poničanová

Dubbing Olga Scheinpflugová
Dagmar Hubertusová zvaná Stará

Magda Seidlerová

Barbora

Jana Nováková (3)

Klára

Vanda Kalinová

Judita

Irena Lžičařová

Eva

Jitka Hořejší

Marta

Alena Lippertová

Anna

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Schmidt

Second Unit Director

Milan Jonáš

Assistant Director

Zdena Švarcová

Screenstory

Pavel Juráček

Based on

Pavel Juráček (Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon – povídka)

Director of Photography

Jiří Macák

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Macháně

Camera Operator

Jiří Krob, Jaroslav Kupšík

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák

Costume Designer

Olga Dimitrovová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Unit Production Manager

Jan Fulín

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová

Consultant

mjr. Jaroslav Šebek, mjr. Hynek Býček, doc. dr. F. Kornalík

Cooperation

A. Špelinová, Gino Hašler, M. Suchý, J. Zápotocký

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Škoda lásky

Songwriter Jaromír Vejvoda
Writer of Lyrics Václav Zeman
Singer Oldřich KovářKarel Vacek

Production info

Original Title

Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon

Czech Title

Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon

English Title

The End of August at the Ozone Hotel

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

sci-fi

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Production specifications

projection approval 20 September 1966

Premiere

preview 12 April 1967 (kino Praha, Praha /do 13. 4./)
premiere 28 April 1967 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 6 October 1967 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Praha /4½ týdne/, Praha)
renewed premiere 1 April 1990 /unsuitable for youths/

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1967 a obnovená 1990)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

78 min

Original length in metres

2 218 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: 5. mezinárodní festival vědecko-fantastických filmů Terst

1967
Terst / Italy

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. mezinárodní přehlídka nového filmu Pesaro

1967
Pesaro / Italy

Revue

Czechoslovak science-fiction films

Only a handful of films which could be described as of the science fiction variety were made in Czechoslovakia prior to ...