Shadows of a Hot Summer

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Stíny horkého léta

Runtime

99

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

15.09.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

František Vláčil

Screenplay

Jiří Křižan

Screenstory

Jiří Křižan

Summary

Screenwriter Jiří Křižan and director František Vláčil twice joined forces to work on dramatic tales relating to the troubled post-war years. Stíny horkého léta (Shadows of a Hot Summer, 1977) takes place in 1947 in the Beskid Mountains. The pair’s latter adaptation of the Ladislav Fuchs’ novel Pasáček z doliny (The Little Herdsman from the Valley, 1983) is also set in this location. In both cases, locals’ lives are disturbed by Ukrainian nationalist paramilitaries wandering through the woods and desperately looking for an opportunity to escape west across the border. In this film, shepherd Ondřej Baran (Juraj Kukura), living at a remote sheep farm in the mountains, is forced into a deadly game of trying to protect his family while avoiding being sucked into a malevolent world. Baran’s delicate wife is played by Marta Vančurová. Jiří Bartoška plays a blond-haired pro-Stepan Bandera militant in this intense and dramatic feature film.

Synopsis

In the summer of 1947, remainders of Stepan Bandera's Ukrainian Rebel Army roam Czechoslovakia, trying to get west. A group of them break into the isolated mountain farmhouse of Ondřej Baran. One of them, probably a high ranking officer, is badly wounded. Fearing for the lives of his family - his delicate wife Tereza, twelve-year-old son Lukáš and baby daughter, the quiet and circumspect Ondřej accepts the conditions of the armed-to-the-hilt men. He goes down to the town in the valley, secretly brings a physician out of his flat and, helped by one of the troopers, takes him up to his farm. The physician is forced to attend to the wounded officer, who hopefully will rally in a week or so. Ondřej must also go and buy tobacco and food for the five men. Lukáš does not understand his father's "cowardice." Ondřej starts working hard to acquaint Lukáš with the duties of a farmer - milking sheep, mowing with a scythe and repairing the shingle roof. A young, but already white-haired ravisher attempts to rape Tereza in the shed. Ondřej gives him what he deserves, but he is aware that his family could even be in danger if somebody accidentally stops by. In town, he learns from the police chief that there will be a roundup in order to catch Bandera's troops. Ondřej decides to put up an active resistance. At night, he kills the patrolling trooper with his knife and shoots another two with the gun he has taken from the watch. The fourth man flees. The physician is dressing the gunshot wound on Ondřej's shoulder when the wounded commander, who is still lying there, shoots the farmer dead with a pistol he has hidden away. Devastated Tereza, carrying her baby daughter in her arms, the physician and the young Lukáš, leading a horse pulling a cart with the coffin, walk to the town.

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Cast

Juraj Kukura

sedlák Ondřej Baran

Marta Vančurová

Tereza, Baranova žena

Gustáv Valach

lékař MUDr. Pavel Valchar

Robert Lischke

Lukáš, syn Baranových

Karel Chromík

banderovský poručík

Zdeněk Kutil

banderovec "Starý"

Jiří Bartoška

banderovec "Bělovlasý"

Augustin Kubán

banderovec "Lysý"

Gustav Opočenský

raněný banderovec

Ilja Prachař

poručík Grygar, velitel SNB

Michal Ladižinský

opilec

Ľudovít Kroner

hostinský Jožin

Milan Šulc

obchodník

Karel Hovorka

farář

Andrea Kratochvílová

Lucinka, Lukášova kamarádka

Jana Hliňáková

Anežka, lékařova hospodyně

Marie Logojdová

Pavlínka

Steva Maršálek

obchodník s rounem

Karol Machata

učitel

Oldřich Mach

uniformovaný muž

Dagmar Hachová

žena v městečku

Jana Postlerová

žena v městečku

Peter Kršák

muž v civilu

Dubbing

Václav Babka

hlas hostinského

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Aleš Dospiva

Assistant Director

Helena Matušková

Screenstory

Jiří Křižan

Screenplay

Jiří Křižan

Shooting Script

František Vláčil

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Second Unit Photography

Richard Valenta

Camera Operator

Jiří Maxa

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Stanislav Krejča, Karel Krejčí

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Make-Up Artist

František Příhoda

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jan Balzer

Unit Production Manager

Mach Oldřich (výroba), Zdeňka Černá

Unit Production Manager

Marie Ryšlinková

Cooperation

Irena Gregorová, Miloslav Mirvald, Helena Lehovcová, Václav Hlávka

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Stíny horkého léta

English Title

Shadows of a Hot Summer

Working Title

Horké léto

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

15.09.1978

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 8. ročník ankety čtenářů časopisu Květy o nejpopulárnějšího herce a herečku socialistických zemí

1979
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Marta Vančurová

Vítěz

Event: Státní ceny Klementa Gottwalda

1979
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František Vláčil

Vítěz

Festival: 16. filmový festival mladých Banská Bystrica

1978
Banská Bystrica / Czechoslovakia
Juraj Kukura

Vítěz

Festival: 29. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´78

1978
61 měst / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 21. mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

1978
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 16. filmový festival mladých Banská Bystrica

1978
Banská Bystrica / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 16. festival českých a slovenských filmů České Budějovice

1978
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 29. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´78

1978
61 měst / Czechoslovakia
Marta Vančurová

Vítěz

Festival: 29. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´78

1978
61 měst / Czechoslovakia