Carps for Wehrmacht

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Kapři pro Wehrmacht

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Smyczek

Screenplay

Karel Smyczek

Synopsis

The story takes place in the period of German occupation. A local policeman brings news to Leo Popper about a recent prohibition for Jewish population. A fish pond his family owned for several generations has been confiscated by Nazis. Popper considers the unknown men, who arrive at this house, to be a Jewish religious community delegation coming to require the contributions the family Popper had owed. However, they appear to be Gestapo officers, who administer a remorseless house search. They steal his rod and go fishing to the pond teeming with fish. It is shortly before Christmas and the police officer brings another news, but this time it is a more tragic one: Leo is ordered to come to report for the transportation to a concentration camp. The very last day before his departure it is freezing hard, and Leo with his young son Otto go to the pond to make a hole in the ice, so that the carps does not suffocate. The fish gather at the hole and father and son take it all out by a fishing net. His beloved wife and son will have something to buy food for. Leo leaves home walking through a snow-covered scene. German officers later organize a festive fishing out. There is much drinking, photographing and having fun, but they only catch a single little fish. Czech brass band plays the song "No corn to grind" to finish the party.

Cast

Josef Somr

tatínek Leo Popper

Jana Smrčková

maminka Popperová

Tomáš Muchka

synek Ota

Jiří Smutný

četník Václav

Karel Hábl

gestapák

Bohumil Koška

gestapák

Lubomír Krystlík

gestapák

Karel Fiala

německý důstojník

Crew and creators

Based on

Ota Pavel (Kapři pro Wehrmacht – povídka ze sbírky Smrt krásných srnců)

Screenplay

Karel Smyczek

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Make-Up Artist

Marie Džbánková

Sound Designer

Josef Hubka

Production Manager

Karel Fiala, Ivo Mathé

Pedagogical management

Antonín Kachlík (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Karel Kohout (střih)

Music

Music Composed by

I. Cmíral

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Lili Marleen

Songwriter

Norbert Schultze (Lili Marleen)

Production info

Original Title

Kapři pro Wehrmacht

English Title

Carps for Wehrmacht

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 25. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a 1. přehlídka televizní tvorby pro děti Ostrov

1993
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Exhibition: 25. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a 1. přehlídka televizní tvorby pro děti Ostrov

1993
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czech Republic
Josef Somr

Vítěz

Festival: 14. filmový festival mladých Banská Bystrica

1976
Banská Bystrica / Czechoslovakia