The year of 1978 saw director Ota Koval premiere two cinema films: a psychological story about a traumatised boy, Nechci nic slyšet (Leave me alone!) and the fantasy and adventure picture Kočičí princ (Cat Prince). Based on a script by accomplished author Ota Hofman, the film was made in collaboration with the East German studio DEFA. The heroes of the story are siblings Radek and Terezka Král (meaning “King”). Moving to a new home, the children imagine travelling through a fairytale land, in keeping with their family name. They project real persons they meet along the way into fantasy characters. The fairytale land is thus inhabited by the family cat Líza, as well as the ominous-looking castle restoration expert Albert. Kočičí princ gave Pavel Hachle, who played Radek, what turned out to be his only brush with the world of cinema. But the role of little Terezka was the first of many feature film parts for successful child actress Žaneta Fuchsová.
The castle custodian Král is moving to a new place of work with his wife, son Radek and a five - years old daughter Terezka. Radek takes his cat Líza with him. A fully loaded truck moves through the country which is in spring blossoms, gradually changing into a snow-covered land. Children's imagination creates from real experiences magic stories - a fairy-tale grandpa takes them to a new castle, the children fear a black-horse rider who - as the grandpa and the cleaning lady assert she hates cats. The children later discover that the rider is in reality the restorer Albert. He takes them round the castle, but Líza destroys his paints and paintbrushes. Albert gets angry and chases her to do away with her. When Líza has kittens, Albert wants to drown them, but the children do their best to rescue all of them. Terezka dreams about living water, blood of three monsters and about the prince who defeated them all. Radek takes a small bottle, presses a button on the Blue Prince picture who resembles him and enters the space behind the painting. Terezka secretly follows her brother. Both appear in a fabulous country, where they meet many fairy-tale beings and face different traps. They find living water and Terezka brings a dead horse to life... On the next morning, they meet Albert, wearing a white dress and riding a white horse, and Líza with her kittens basking in the sun.
The première in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) 14. 10. 1979 /Pionierpalast "Ernst Thälmann" Berlin/. Architect Vladimír Labský partly used the decorations from the movies Thi Ninth Heart, The Virgin and the Monster and Mystery of the Iron City.
Terezka, Radkova sestra
správce zámku Král, otec dětí
babizna z perníkové chaloupky
dubl za Haška
Karel Smyczek, Peter Bohnenstengel
Karel Prchal, Kurt Preissel, Heinz-Jürgen Schmidt, Eva Charvátová
German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia
28 September 1979
Exhibition: 11. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Ostrov nad Ohří
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Festival: 17. festival českých a slovenských filmů Hradec Králové
Hradec Králové / Czechoslovakia