I Am Heaven

narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Jsem nebe

Runtime

80 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1970

Premiere

25.06.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Kačer

Summary

At the end of the 1960s, film actor Jan Kačer decided to enrich his filmography by venturing into directing. His perceived failure in this venture is largely attributed to the advent of the post-1968 “normalisation” era: following the political parable Den sedmý, osmá noc (The Seventh Day, the Eighth Night, 1969), co-directed with Evald Schorm, Kačer was no longer able to make films dealing with genuine contemporary issues. Alongside the communist-themed “Building a better future” film Město mé naděje (The Town of my Hopes, 1978), Kačer only made one other feature, namely the drama Jsem nebe (I Am Heaven, 1970). The story takes place in the town of Bechyně, where Kačer graduated in ceramics at a technical university. The protagonist of the story is Lenka (Lenka Machoninová), who, along with friend Markéta (singer Miluše Voborníková) sets out on a trip along with her boyfriend Pavel (Ivan Vyskočil) and his friend Honza (singer Viktor Sodoma). The better-looking girl attracts the attentions of not only both men, but also a band of hooligans at the town funfair.

Synopsis

In the South Bohemian little town Bechyně, young Lenka prepares for her meeting with Pavel, who is visiting her from Prague. She invites her girlfriend Markéta to accompany her to the date. Pavel is not alone, either - his friend Honza arrived with him on a scooter. The young people walk through the forest and have a bath in the small forest lake. As the day goes, it becomes gradually clear that both the boys are interested in the more attractive Markéta. Lenka is unhappy and runs deep into the forest, but eventually, they all meet together again. On the way back, they drop by a country fair in a village, running into a gang of motorcycle riders who are after Markéta. Honza and Pavel only hardly bear the situation but do not have enough courage to stand up against the big gang. They are, moreover, jealous of each other. Their silent fight for Markéta culminates in a fight with Honza as the loser. The fight is halted by Markéta, who leaves with Honza on a scooter, and Pavel, wordlessly, walks Lenka home. He meets Honza on the road. Both friends reconcile and leave for Prague. The sad Lenka finds her sister in tears at home - her date failed, too. Lenka overcomes her pain and comforts her sister with her favourite magic formula: "I Am Heaven, I Am Heaven".

Cast

Miluše Voborníková

Markéta, Lenčina kamarádka

Marcela Mlacovská

Irena, Lenčina sestra

Milan Koutný

Milan

Luděk Eliáš

řidič starého auta

Petr Drobný

Petr

Stanislava Dobrá

dívka z party

Josef Dřízhal

Josef

Jiří Cihelka

motorista s květinami

Jiří Čihák

Jirka

Miroslav Mikeš

Mirek

Zdeněk Kudrna

Zdeněk

Josef Matějka

Pepík

Miroslav Nohýnek

milenec Ireny

Karel Pavelka

Karel

Jiří Vojtěch

Jiří

Arne Poledňák

Arne

Josef A. Stehlík

cirkusák s loutkovým divadlem

Jaroslav Drbohlav

mladý kočí

Václav Helšus

člen party

Jiří Schmalz

motorista

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Kačer

Second Unit Director

Rudolf Růžička

Screenstory

Iva Hercíková

Shooting Script

Iva Hercíková, Jan Kačer

Second Unit Photography

Richard Valenta

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Jaroslav Chytrý, Eva Slívová, Dana Smržová

Costume Designer

Bedřich Dlouhý

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jan Balzer, Bohumil Šmída

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Holeček, Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Mach Oldřich (výroba)

Cooperation

Jiřina Černá, Vilemína Binterová, Jan Sedláček (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Skoumal

Music Performed by

FISYO, skupina Apollobeat

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Jan Spálený (skupina Apollobeat)

Songs

Všechno je proměnlivé, Krajino, krajino, krajino neveselá, Belinda

Songwriter

Petr Skoumal (Všechno je proměnlivé), lidová píseň (Krajino, krajino, krajino neveselá), Chris Andrews (Belinda)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Vodňanský (Všechno je proměnlivé), lidová píseň (Krajino, krajino, krajino neveselá), Eduard Krečmar (Belinda)

Singer

Petr Spálený (Všechno je proměnlivé), Miluše Voborníková (Krajino, krajino, krajino neveselá), Jiří Štědroň (Belinda)

Production info

Original Title

Jsem nebe

English Title

I Am Heaven

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1970

Premiere

25.06.1971

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

80 min

Versions

Czech