The Uninvited Guest

satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Nezvaný host

Runtime

22

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production year

1969

Premiere

05.09.1991

Language version

Czech

Director

Vlastimil Venclík

Screenplay

Vlastimil Venclík

Screenstory

Vlastimil Venclík

Synopsis

A young married couple is disturbed in their lovemaking by a unpatient banging on their door. When the husband opens the door, a hulking great fellow in a flat hat and quilted coat with a large suitcase breaks into the bedroom and immediately begins make himself at home in the flat. The scared husband seeks help from his neighbours, finding out to his horror that the other tenants, too, have similar uninvited guests. The guest falls asleep and the husband decides to murder him. But just before he makes the decisive stab with a kitchen knife, the guest wakes up. After a while, however, the couple gets used to the unknown man, especially when they find out that the guests of the other tenants are much more cruel that theirs. The husband begins to call the intruder a friend, the wife sits on his lap and strokes his hair, while he plays mouth organ.

Note

The film was shot in 1969 as Vlastimil Venclík´s year-project at the Department of Direction at the Prague Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. The script was written by Venclík two years earlier. The movie was denounced as an open attack against the regime of that time and confiscated by the Secret Police. Vlastimil Venclík was subsequently expelled from the Faculty. He did not graduate until 1990.

Cast

Iva Šašková

manželka

Jiří Hálek

manžel

Bohumil Koška

jiný host

Karel Kvítek

jiný host

Crew and creators

Production info

Original Title

Nezvaný host

English Title

The Uninvited Guest

Copyright

1969

Production Year

1969

Premiere

05.09.1991

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 37. mezinárodní dny krátkého filmu Oberhausen

1991
Oberhausen / Federal Republic of Germany

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní filmový festival Uppsala

1991
Uppsala / Sweden

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní filmový festival Uppsala

1991
Uppsala / Sweden