The Town of My Hopes

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Město mé naděje

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

20.04.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Kačer

Screenplay

Zdeněk Braunschläger

Screenstory

Zdeněk Braunschläger

Summary

The censor was not slow in locking the 1969 filmed parable Den sedmý, osmá noc (The Seventh Day, the Eight Night, 1969) in his “vault”. Following this setback, Jan Kačer, who co-directed the drama-mystery motion picture with Evald Schorm, attempted to return to making films twice during the 1970s, each time in the director’s role. There was his intimate psychological film Jsem nebe (I Am Heaven) in 1970 and next came his 1978 drama Město mé naděje (The Town of My Hopes), a story that takes place among the supposed “builders” of a better future. Initially, Schorm was to collaborate with Kačer in making the film. The Town of My Hopes, eventually produced at Gottwadov Film Studios, presents the story of highly experienced engineer Rataj (Drahomír Ožana). Rataj is entrusted with an atomic programme at a metallurgy and engineering enterprise. The demanding and exhausting work eventually claims the specialist’s life and he is succeeded by his son Ondřej (Jiří Čapka) who continues with the mission. This psychological film exploring a “desirable” theme failed to make a desirable mark in Czechoslovak cinema history. Kačer never again ventured beyond theatre and television.

Synopsis

Engineer Rataj has been entrusted with running the nuclear programme at his company. His job entails two vital tasks: setting up an expert team and resolving problems with the production of a steam generator. He fulfils the first task swiftly, and puts his son Ondra, graduate of the nuclear physics faculty, on the team. The other task is more complex. In order to produce the steam generator, a modern electro-steelworks needs to be built first, and that is not an easy feat. Ondra reproaches his father for belonging to a generation that doesn't keep up with the progress and doesn't allow young specialists in its circles. Rataj subconsciously accepts Ondra's criticism and puts the boy's argument forward at the meeting of the management. The overworked Rataj collapses during the discussion about the problems with the steam generator and is taken to hospital. In a coma, the memories of his happy childhood flash before his eyes. Ondra continues his father's work, and like his father before him, he does not count the hours spent on improving the project. Fortunately, his girlfriend Klára supports his efforts. After the father's funeral, the new project is tested. Ondra only now comes to understand his father.

Cast

Drahomír Ožana

inženýr Ondřej Rataj

Jiří Čapka

Ondra, Ratajův syn

Štěpánka Ranošová

Ratajova žena

Miluše Šplechtová

zdravotní sestra Klára, Ondrova přítelkyně

Tomáš Töpfer

hokejový brankář Honza, Ondrův bratr

Jan Kačer

divadelní režisér

Karel Vochoč

člen vedení železáren

Jana Vaňková

Věra Čapková/herečka-Roxana

Josef A. Stehlík

strojvůdce mašinky

Jan Vlasák

herec-Cyrano de Bergerac

Bohumil Vávra

člen vedení

Steva Maršálek

vedoucí projekce

Zuzana Fišárková

herečka-matka Markéta

Miloslav Holub

herec-Montfleury

Miroslav Horák

ředitel

Karel Bartoň

projektant Ludva/herec-de Valvert

Zdeněk Braunschläger

muž s telefonem

Jan Filip

lékař/herec-hrabě de Guiche

Bedřich Kolliner

hutník/herec-Rageneau

Stanislav Šárský

člen vedení/herec-Cuigy

František Šec

vrátný/herec-Carbon de Castel-Jaloux

Petr Skoumal

klavírista

Adolf Kohuth

člen vedení/herec-le Bret

Jana Staňková

herečka-sestra Marta

Martin Učík

herec-Dlouhoprsťák

Dušan Feller

loutkář

Zdeněk Florian

loutkář

Jiřina Fukalová

loutkářka/herečka-sestra Klára

členové Státního divadla Ostrava

herci ve hře Cyrano z Bergeracu

Antonín Beba

Vladimír Kořínek

Milan Koutný

Jaromír Polčík

Zuzana Töpferová

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Kačer

Second Unit Director

Petr Švéda

Assistant Director

Blanka Sadílková, Vladimír Prager

Script Editor

Josef Vaculík

Second Unit Photography

Arne Parduba

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

Emil Hrazdira, František Santarius

Costume Designer

Taťána Havlíčková

Make-Up Artist

Ladislav Bacílek

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Rostislav Stružka

Unit Production Manager

Eva Stedlová, Jaromír Metyš

Consultant

Ing. Ondřej Kolmáš

Cooperation

Evald Schorm, ZV KSČ VŽKG, Josef Havlíček, Iva Navrátilová

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Klusák

Selected Music

Leoš Janáček (Po zarostlém chodníčku), Leoš Janáček (V mlhách)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Město mé naděje

English Title

The Town of My Hopes

Working Title

Josef, Josífek a Josef III.

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

20.04.1979

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech