Hot Winter

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production year

1973

Premiere

18 January 1974

Runtime

80 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Horká zima

Czech title

Horká zima

English title

Hot Winter

Working title

Foto Hakl / Legenda

Summary

Seasoned director Karel Kachyňa was made to demonstrate his loyalty to the ruling totalitarian regime in 1973 by making this political drama which takes place during the Slovak National Uprising in the closing stages of World War II. The recollections of the protagonist take him back to a time when he was a guerrilla fighter hiding from fascist forces. Our hero, a communist MP before the war, is now injured and hiding in a log cabin along with other fighters. An attempt to obtain false identification papers for the guerrillas almost results in his being discovered… Although the script – which included contributions from legendary Barrandov Film Studios dramaturge Vladimír Bor, among others – is heavily slanted in order to meet the period’s ideological demands, it still allowed Kachyňa to create a somewhat poetic narrative with authentic elements. The lead role of the morally steadfast hero, able to withstand any adversity, was given to Petr Haničinec with the supporting cast featuring lesser known Czech and Slovak actors.

Synopsis

Karel recalls over old pictures the days of the Slovak national uprising. - That time he convinced the examining body to appoint him as a commander of a group of paratroopers in Slovakia although he was already over forty year old. Before he was refused by major Vyšín, whom he used to know since the first Republic (time between the wars): Vyšín was a police officer, Karel a communist MP. The uprising was suppressed and Karel leaves with the unit to the mountains. While they try to get food in the lowlands the unit commander Fišera and Karel are injured. Both men have to stay therefore with several others in the log cabin. Karel's wound gets healed, but Fišera's life is in danger. The doctor Považan is willing to hospitalize Fišera despite the great risk, but he needs an identity card. Karel fulfills this demand and at the same time he gets personal documents for other soldiers as well. The nurse Marta who dates Vlado, a member of the paramilitary fascist Hlinka's Guard, suspects that Fišera is a partisan. She gives his identity card to Vlado and Vlado finds out according to the same background on the pictures at the local photographer that many false identity cards including. Fišera´s card were issued there. The Slovak rebels lead by Karel recognize though the risk and bring Fišera and the doctor in time to the mountains. Here they survive the winter and in the spring they can continue to fight.

Cast

Petr Haničinec

poručík Karel

Bronislav Križan

nadporučík Fišera

Ladislav Trojan

partyzán Fousek

Ilja Prachař

major Vyšín, bývalý policejní komisař

Juraj Sarvaš

slovenský kapitán

Alexej Gsöllhofer

Dubbing Eduard Cupák
kunsthistorik Slávek

Mária De Riggová

zdravotní sestra Marta

Marián Sotník

Vlado, příslušník Hlinkovy gardy

Vladimír Lakota

MUDr. Považan

Jindřich Narenta

německý primář

Emil Horváth

fotograf Hakl

Zoro Laurinc

voják Fero

Miloš Gažo

voják Jožo Gábriš

Tomáš Raček

voják Géza

Jan Pohan

předseda vojenské komise

Ivo Kubečka

člen vojenské komise

Alexandr Kučerenko

sovětský spojař Smetanin

Géza Galán-Vavreczky

feldvébl Imre

Emil Kosír

opilý svatebčan

László Csendes

maďarský voják

Bert Schneider

chlapík ve větrovce

Aleš Morávek

voják

Jana Akurátná

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Miroslav Maruška

Script Supervisor

Jaroslava Čapková

Screenstory

Vladimír Bor

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Director of Photography

Jiří Macák

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Jiří Kučera

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Assistent Production Designer

Václav Hlávka

Set Designer

Antonín Chloupek, Vladimír Ježek, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Mikuláš Nádaši

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch, František Jaderník

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Consultant

plk. Alois Bíca, pplk. Milan Rešl, Zbyšek Svoboda

Cooperation

Ivana Malíková (klapka), Alena Červená (fotografka), Vilemína Binterová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Production info

Original Title

Horká zima

Czech Title

Horká zima

English Title

Hot Winter

Working Title

Foto Hakl / Legenda

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1973

Production Year

1973

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 13 January 1973
start of filming 6 February 1973
technical Screenplay approved 27 February 1973
end of filming 24 July 1973
projection approval 8 November 1973

Premiere

premiere 18 January 1974

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Karla Copa, Karel Cop (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

80 min

Original length in metres

2 246 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, German, Slovak

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

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

1973
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia