Sirius

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Sirius

Runtime

50

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

14.11.1975

Language version

Czech

Director

František Vláčil

Screenplay

Jan Stibral, Kamil Pixa

Screenstory

Jan Stibral

Summary

Village teenager František does not pay much attention to the hardships that his parents had to endure during the Nazi occupation. Rather, the boy develops a strong friendship with his Alsatian dog Sirius. But František’s life is also set to be disrupted by violence – from the very creatures he considers to be man’s best friend. Gestapo officers are using trained dogs to capture the boy’s escaped father. When Sirius is about to be also seized by the Gestapo officers, František embarks on a futile battle for his best friend’s life. Running at just 50 minutes, this film is a second Gottwaldov Studios (today Zlín) shorter feature from director František Vláčil, following his previous 54-minute Pověst o stříbrné jedli (The Legend of the Silver Fir, 1973). The “normalisation” climate caused the director to give up on any notion of making artistically worthwhile films for mature audiences. Nonetheless, Vláčil was able to stay true to the values espoused in his previous works. Michal Vavruša stars in this harshly poetic picture.

Synopsis

The best friend of a twelve year old village boy František is a small wolf-hound Sirius. The dog is waiting every day for the boy on a hill and then he plays with him. František likes the sky by night and so he swops one day his only pair of shoes for a nightglass. His pregnant mother is angry. There is a war and things are not available. A German tanker train is passing the switchtower where the entire family lives. In several moments there is an explosion, the train is on fire. Gestapo breaks into the switchtower. They find there a mother with a boy, the father escaped through the window. The Germans catch him up soon with the help of trained dogs. Inhabitants from the surrounding villages are called upon to bring their dogs and hand them over to Germans. František does not want to give his Sirius to the Germans. He closes him in a fence in the wood and he brings him food in a tommy. One day the dog runs away. The desperate František asks the gamekeeper for help. But he can do only one thing - to shoot Sirius.

Cast

Michal Vavruša

František zvaný Fanek

Jana Hlaváčková

Kalašová, Františkova matka

Karel Chromík

hradlař Kalaš, Františkův otec

Karel Hábl

důstojník SS

Petr Holcer

poddůstojník Schupo

George Pokrovskij

poddůstojník Schupo

Miroslav Pechar

řidič

Ivo Hepner

poddůstojník SS

Jaroslav Toms

poddůstojník SS

Pavel Jiras

železničář

Milan Rabas

policista

Jan Hrušínský

vesnický chlapec

Milan Jonáš

strojvůdce

Dubbing

Zdeněk Kryzánek

hlas hajného

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Jonáš

Assistant Director

Zdeňka Stiborová

Screenstory

Jan Stibral

Camera Operator

Josef Ryšánek

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Marcel Kříž, Eva Slívová

Make-Up Artist

Rudolf Buneš

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Vladimír Prager

Unit Production Manager

Petr Svozílek

Cooperation

Ivana Hanusová, Marta Havlíčková, Hana Hovorková, Jiří Jeřábek (2), Pavel Vácha

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Sirius

English Title

Sirius

Working Title

Poslední východisko

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

14.11.1975

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 14. festival českých a slovenských filmů Brno

1976
Brno / Czechoslovakia
František Vláčil

Vítěz

Event: 14. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti Gijón

1976
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival dětských filmů České Budějovice

1975
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 10. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež Teherán

1975
Teherán / Iran

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1975
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
František Vláčil