Bororo Operation

sci-fi

Typology

feature

Czech title

Akce Bororo

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1972

Production year

1972

Premiere

13.07.1973

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Fuka

Summary

Writer-director Otakar Fuka is associated primarily with the attempts of screenwriters from the “normalisation” era of Soviet entrenchment following the Warsaw Pact invasion to entertain audiences with genre films. Besides a number of detective stories, the experienced filmmaker also shot an ambitious sci-fi movie, in which he collaborated on the script with Irena Drahoňovská and the co-author of Fuka’s previous film, Svědectví mrtvých očí (The Evidence Given by Dead Eyes) – Drahoslav Makovička. The protagonist of this adventure film, Doctor Junek, reveals the true identity of the beautiful Zuzana in this mystery story. She is actually an alien, who is seeking the eponymous plant extract with her partner. Bororo is a substance produced by Brazilian Indians and it could help the members of the alien race cure the disease that they have spread to their home planet from Earth. However, the malevolent Kraus – a former Nazi who wants the drug for himself – stands in the way of Junek and his new extra-terrestrial-researcher friends… Akce Bororo (Bororo Operation) brings together various crowd-pleasing elements: a sci-fi fantasy theme and Nazis surviving somewhere in South America are combined with an attractive Brazilian setting, where the curious Junek eventually goes on a quest to find the miraculous substance. Although the filmmakers tried to evoke the illusion of shooting in an exotic foreign location solely with the aid of archive documentary footage, the overall credibility of the story also owes a lot to the notes of the Czech explorer Alberto Vojtěch Frič. Naturally, this intellectually and stylistically simple film from 1972 cannot compete with American or British films of the same era that were similar in terms of genre and theme. Nonetheless, it bears comparison with Soviet sci-fi adventures of the 1970s. Svatopluk Matyáš played the role of Junek and Oto Ševčík took the part of the villainous Kraus. The Slovak actress Božidara Turzonovová gave an absorbing performance as the attractive alien Ori-Ana.

Synopsis

Dr. Junek, a research worker at the Research Institute of Aeronautics Medicine, meets at the transport accident a beautiful girl who introduces herself as Suzan Kettner from Rio. She says she is a daughter of the Czech who many years ago moved to Brazil. Junek falls in love with Suzan at first sight. He invites her to the trip to the Tatras Mountains where she becomes his lover. While visiting the observatory at the Lomnický Pike she utters by chance two curious words: Ré and Tonatiu. Soon Junek discovers in the girl's handbag a candid camera hidden in the sun glasses. Suzan secretly photographed the notes of the traveller Frič which fell into her hands by help of Junek, because Frič's widow was Junek's friend. After return, Junek looks into Frič's diaries and reads about a medicament from the leaves of the tree bororo. Under certain conditions, though, this may change into poisonous stuff. Junek sets out to Brazil to search for the tribe Bororo, the members of which produced the medicament. He does not find them but he meets there Suzan. He learns that the girl's name in fact is Ori-Ana and that she and her companion Seturi come from Cosmos, from the planet Tonatiu. They need remedy for human illnesses which were spread to their planet. The Nazi Krause, who searches for the medicament as well, kills Seturi and injures Ori-Ana. Her life can be saved only by the medicament bororo which is found by Junek in Frič's estate. But she refuses it. Before death, she asks Junek to help her countrymen who will come in future after her. Junek gets rid of Krause and continues the scientific work. One day, there turn up at the institute two persons looking like Seturi and Ori-Ana...

Cast

Božidara Turzonovová

Ori-Ana alias Zuzana Kettnerová

Svatopluk Matyáš

doktor Junek

Vlastimil Brodský

astrolog docent Burger

Zita Kabátová

Draga Fričová

Otakar Brousek

docent Nousek

Antonín Brtoun

Seturi, Ori-Anin společník

Oldřich Lukeš

ředitel výzkumného ústavu Zeman

Václav Štádler

špion Scarletti

Oto Ševčík

bývalý nacista Krause

Jiří Krampol

Krauseho spolupracovník

Karel Augusta

inženýr Šetelík

Jiří Pleskot

Chaloube

František Paul

redaktor Cipro

Lorna Homoláčová

skutečná Zuzana Kettnerová

Olga Jungová

Kettnerová, Zuzanina matka

Vladimír Fürst

profesor Vargas

Libuše Zátková

ošetřovatelka

Dagmar Nováková

tlumočnice z portugalštiny

Karel Bělohradský

MUDr. Chládek

J. L. Citores

důstojník na lodi

Viktor Maurer

číšník v hotelu

Jan Kuželka

traktorista

Iva Šašková

lékařka

Ela Šilarová

sousedka

Zbyněk Vaňous

šaman

José Luis Morales

konzl Pereira

E. Cerqueiro

vojín

E. Gabezas

tanečník

A. Grkov

tanečník

A. Mendoza

tanečník

A. Makavez

tanečník

Testino

tanečník

Luis Veles

tanečník

A. Carmo

taxikář

K. Hejl

dubl

M. Nový

dubl

Dubbing

Blanka Bohdanová

hlas Dragy Fričové

Radovan Lukavský

hlas A. V. Friče

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Director

Milan Kadlec

Assistant Director

Lubomír Břinčil, Marie Beránková

Shooting Script

Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Bohumil Kadlec, J. Kaše

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

František Jaderník, Milan Štěch

Unit Production Manager

Václav Polák

Consultant

Ivan V. Frič

Cooperation

E. Cerqueiro, Vladimír Souček, A. Carmo, Alexandra Tachezyová, Alena Havlíčková, Jaromír Švarc

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Choreographer

Václav Štádler

Production info

Original Title

Akce Bororo

English Title

Bororo Operation

Copyright

1972

Production Year

1972

Premiere

13.07.1973

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Versions

Czech