Easter Leave

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

17 March 1972

Runtime

78 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Velikonoční dovolená

Czech title

Velikonoční dovolená

English title

Easter Leave

Summary

In 1971, writer-director Jiří Hanibal filmed this attempt at bringing to life the emotional problems of a group of young Czechs living in the countryside. Honza returns home from the army for three days during the Easter break to be with his parents. But he finds himself caught up in a love triangle, involving the fickle girl Marta and the dreamy student Ivan. Marta tries to maintain the attentions of Honza, while at the same time continuing her dalliance with Ivan. The wily Marta views Ivan as being too naive, but still gets a kick out of his attempts to woo her... This relationship drama eschews much of the subtlety, authenticity and complexity found in many similar relationship dramas of the 1960s. Only director Jiří Hanibal’s casting of the debuting actors Vanda Švarcová (Marta), Vítězslav Jandák (Ivan) and the little-known Petr Skarke (Honza) evokes anything of the spirit of the Czechoslovak New Wave, a movement that had been extinguished by the time of this film’s release.

Synopsis

Soldier Honza Marek comes home for his three-day Easter leave. His girlfriend, Marta Dolejšová, is in the meantime enjoying a walk in the fields with a friend Ivan. Marta's mother asks Honza in and makes him a cup of tea. In the meantime, the young man finds Ivan's photograph in the room, places a little bunch of violets on the table and leaves. Ivan is a student gifted with a great imagination and desire to study and feels lonely among the village youths. The village people treat him with caution. His mother, who is single and lives god knows where, left him with his aunt and uncle. Marta likes listening to Ivan, but considers him too young for herself. She does not want to lose Honza's love. Honza, now wearing a uniform, is very attractive for village girls. Marta attends the evening dance with Ivan and the sulking Honza purposely dances with Marta's rival, Lída. Pretty Marta is used to winning and does not want to lose either of her suitors. Honza will go back to his army service and she will definitely not want to be bored at home for another half a year. Thus, she alternately dates both Ivan and Honza, and light-heartedly promises to both that she will never meet the rival again. Finally, the afternoon before Honza's departure, Marta submits to Honza's loving urge. The sad Ivan finds their clothes in the meadow and realizes what had happened. The train is leaving and Marta, who just managed to run onto the platform, waves to Honza...

Cast

Vanda Švarcová

Dubbing Ivana Vondrovicová
Marta Dolejšová

Petr Skarke

Dubbing Jaroslav Satoranský
vojín Honza Marek

Marie Marešová

Honzova matka

Soběslav Sejk

Dubbing Karel Houska
Honzův otec

Věra Tichánková

Martina matka

Květoslava Houdlová

Berková, Ivanova teta

Zdeněk Kutil

Berka, Ivanův strýc

Jan Adamec

Mirek

Sylva Vozková

Manka

Vítězslav Černý

hostinský Čižinský

Josef Koza

Pazdera

Alois Čuřík

strýc s lístky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislava Hutková

Assistant Director

Lilian Havlíčková

Screenstory

Jiří Hanibal

Screenplay

Jiří Hanibal

Shooting Script

Jiří Hanibal

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Director of Photography

Josef Vaniš

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Jaroslav Lehman, Ladislav Rada

Costume Designer

Zdena Kadrnožková

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Petra Havlínová, Ladislav Beneš

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Songs

Srdce je na hadry

Songwriter Luboš Fišer
Writer of Lyrics Jaromír Kyncl
Singer Vítězslav Jandák [dab]Pavel Sedláčeksbor

Production info

Original Title

Velikonoční dovolená

Czech Title

Velikonoční dovolená

English Title

Easter Leave

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 18 February 1971
technical Screenplay approved 26 March 1971
start of filming 20 April 1971
end of filming 17 June 1971
projection approval 18 November 1971

Premiere

premiere 17 March 1972

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Karla Copa, Karel Cop (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Ladislava Novotného, Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

78 min

Original length in metres

2 191 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 10. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1972
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Vítězslav Jandák

Vítěz

Exhibition: 1. přehlídka současné filmové tvorby socialistických zemí Karlovy Vary

1971
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 1. přehlídka současné filmové tvorby socialistických zemí Karlovy Vary

1971
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia