Night of Morena

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Category

film

Genre

étude

Typology

featurestudent

Original title

Noc Moreny

Czech title

Noc Moreny

English title

Night of Morena

Synopsis

Young Slovak lumberjacks are felling trees in the forest. One of them roasts the bacon over an open fire, while another plays the pipe. Then an accident happens. Jano is killed by a falling tree. His widow Milka genuinely mourns her husband's death but it is his three friends who will spend the night before the funeral with his body laid out in the living room. At first they sit in silence, then they help themselves out with a drop of alcohol. One of them used to fancy Milka but she preferred Jano. Since Jano's soul has left his body, they have a feeling he has shrivelled. The young men eat bread and bacon and drink brandy. By morning, they begin to jump over their friend's dead body with loud cheers. The sun rises. Milka scorns her husband's friends as "drunken fools" and kicks them out of the living room. Outside in the fields, the children sing and carry a Morena figure (in the Slav mythology the goddess of death and winter) and finally throw it into the water.

Cast

Predrag Babović

dřevorubec Jano

Sylvia Turbová

mladá vdova Milka

Eduard Vítek

dřevorubec

Ľubomír Záhon

dřevorubec

Dušan Skokan

dřevorubec

Crew and creators

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Make-Up Artist

Marie Džbánková

Sound Designer

Josef Hubka

Production Manager

Karel Fiala, Jaroslav Machocký

Pedagogical management

Jiří Sequens (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Alois Fišárek (střih), Vladimír Volf (produkce)

Cooperation

Dušan Hudec, Dodo Lietavec, Roman Mihina, Augustin Valko, Zoltán Weigl, žáci ZDŠ Kojšov, D. Solčányi, B. Šnajdar, V. Tichý

Music

Songs

Morena, Morena

Singer

sbor (Morena, Morena)

Production info

Original Title

Noc Moreny

English Title

Night of Morena

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

étude

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Versions

Czech