Focusing on the Turquoise Mountain

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Ve znamení Tyrkysové hory

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia, Mongolia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

09.06.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Toman, Najdangín Njamdavá

Summary

The existence of cooperative agreements between film studios in communist countries gave rise from time to time to the obligatory creation of coproduced motion pictures filmed in exotic locations. For the adventure story Ve znamení Tyrkysové hory (Focusing on the Turquoise Mountain, 1977), politically reliable director Ivo Toman travelled to faraway Mongolia to make a film about a (fictional) joint expedition of local and Czechoslovak geologists. The expedition searches for copper ore deposits in remote mountainous regions. In the face of continued failure, Professor Pudil (Josef Langmiler) decides to draw inspiration from the local legend of the Turquoise Mountain. However, the idea that copper deposits are usually located where turquoise is found runs contrary to the opinion of Pudil’s colleague Mareš (Karel Hlušička). The doubter Mareš is eventually forced to admit defeat… The film is worth seeing mainly for its footage of beautiful Mongolian landscapes, recorded by seasoned camera operator Josef Illík.

Synopsis

Czechoslovak and Mongolian geologists are searching for copper in Mongolian mountains. So far, they have been unsuccessful and thus, the author of the research plan, Professor Pudil, leaves for Mongolia without informing either the Prague company, called Geoindustria, or its branch in Ulánbátar. In his search for copper, Pudil wants to rely on an old folk tale of the Turquoise Mountain, because copper locations are often of turquoise colour. The expedition divides. One group continues according to the plan and the second group pursues the Turquoise Mountain. Dr Mareš leading the Czech expedition, who is in the second group, completely disagrees with the action provoked by a folk tale. In Ulánbátar Pudil must explain the reasons for his sudden arrival. Pudil uses his visit to the Mongolian capital for a meeting with the director of a local library. He tells him that there are many tales of the Turquoise Mountain and each says something different. Therefore, the Professor wants to call the expedition off. During his flight back, he gets a message that Dr Mareš got lost in the mountains. The plain changes its course and starts searching for the lost man. Finally, they spot him and the pilot manages to land. Mareš runs to the plane holding stones of a turquoise colour as he had found the location of the copper deposit.

Cast

Josef Langmiler

profesor Josef Pudil, geolog

Dagva-Očiryn Elbegsajchan

dr. Amarin Tömör

Karel Hlušička

dr. Mareš, vedoucí expedice

Dž. Dzanabadzar

Davasüren, člen expedice

Josef Větrovec

ing. Vrutský, ředitel pobočky Geoindu

Šataryn Ceceg

Dulma, mongolská tlumočnice a sekretářka

Slávka Budínová

úřednice Horáková

Jan Kanyza

geolog Olda Macháček

Petr Pospíchal

geolog Hrubý

Jan Přeučil

geolog Uhlíř

Karel Bělohradský

geolog Lorenc

Jiří Wohanka

pilot Franta

Jan Kuželka

radista Honza Šmerek

Libuše Jiskrová

Pudilova manželka

Jiří Holý

úředník Schindler

Oldřich Janovský

generální ředitel Geoindustrie Rykl

Karel Dellapina

profesor Arkadij Ivanovič Kvajatkin

Jindřiška Gabriela Preissová

úřednice Pastýřová

Č. Džumdán

Amgalangín Čojson

H. Möngönbajar

Z. Damdinbadzar

Dubbing

Ladislav Mrkvička

hlas Tömöra

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Lubomír Břinčil, Bajandelgerín Džamsran, Josef Loučím

Assistant Director

Magdalena Davidová, D. Tümenbajar

Shooting Script

Ivo Toman

Second Unit Photography

Delgerín Battulga, Adolf Hejzlar

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman, Pürevín Cogdzol

Set Designer

Vladimír Ježek, Ladislav Winkelhöfer, Jiří Žák (2)

Costume Designer

Jan Bulka

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch, Ladislav Beneš, D. Dordžgočó

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Consultant

Jiří Šíma, RNDr. Igor Papoušek, D. Cerendagva

Cooperation

Irena Sedláčková, Miloš Schmiedberger (2), Magda Hájková, Jaromír Švarc, S. Ajúš

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Ve znamení Tyrkysové hory

English Title

Focusing on the Turquoise Mountain

Working Title

Azimut 47 / Najdi Tyrkysovou horu

Parallel Title

Chajrchan öndör chá bajna?

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

09.06.1978

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Versions

Czech