Waiting for the Rain

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1977—1978

Premiere

13 October 1978

Runtime

68 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Čekání na déšť

Czech title

Čekání na déšť

English title

Waiting for the Rain

Summary

In 1978, director Karel Kachyňa made two films from one budget: the summer comedy Setkání v červenci (Meeting in July) and a poetic story of an adolescent young girl called Čekání na déšť (Waiting for the Rain). The protagonist of the story is 12-year-old Alena, who spends the hot summer holidays alone at home in a Prague apartment complex. Alena engages in both real and invented encounters with her neighbours, primarily the blind Taraba and soldier Pavel, who is just getting over a relationship heartbreak. The anxiously awaited rains permit Alena to momentarily forget the complicated adult world, with which she is having her first contact… This sensitive examination of a child’s-eye view forms one of many of Karel Kachyňa’s films in which the director examines the world through the eyes of young protagonists. Dita Kaplanová debuts in the starring role.

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Alena has had to leave the countryside on a blazing hot summer day and come back home to a block of flats on the outskirts of Prague. She spends most of the day on her own, amusing herself daydreaming and imagining, on the blazing hot building roof awaiting the rain. Her mother is at work all day and her friends are still away on holidays. Alena is keen on the actor Budil and puts on her best clothes for him each day, running out onto the street carrying her mother's handbag. A ginger-haired boy mocks her behaviour, while the actor hardly even looks at her. The lonely girl reacts sensitively to everything going on around her. She visits the blind Taraba and is happy to look after his dog when the man has to go to hospital to be examined before surgery. She does not fail to notice the grief of the neighbour's son Pavel, a soldier drowning his unhappy love affair in alcohol. Cheered up by the young girl on the brink of adulthood, Pavel finally forgets his heartache. Before returning to his regiment, Pavel asks Alena for a photograph and invites her to see him off. But at the station Alena catches sight of Pavel's girlfriend, who wants to get the boy back. Alena, in whom the friendship with Pavel has aroused a fragile, vague emotion, runs away without saying good-bye. Back in the neighbourhood, she meets the Ginger-head who tries to make up for his mockery by talking about Mr Taraba. Suddenly the long-awaited rain has finally come. The two children hop about in the rain joyfully and Alena is a happy little girl again.

Note

The film was budgeted together with the picture Meeting in July, doth films were shot simultaneously.

Film online

Cast

Dita Kaplanová

Alena Kadlecová

Zdeněk Sedláček

vojín Pavel Suchan

Laďka Kozderková

Alenina matka

Zdeněk Řehoř

slepý pan Taraba

Josef Somr

Rudolf Suchan, Pavlův otec

Monika Hálová

Pavlova dívka

Ladislav Trojan

soused Kamil Duda

Jiří Bartoška

herec Milan Budil

Marie Motlová

babka v samoobsluze

Břetislav Slováček

nadporučík, velitel hlídky

Bára Štěpánová

Dudova milenka

Marta Richterová

pokladní v samoobsluze

Anna Štrosová

starší prodavačka

Milada Ježková

venkovská žena

Zdenka Smrčková

učednice Vlasta

Jana Pehrová

Budilova přítelkyně

Zuzana Fišerová

mladší prodavačka

Hana Kazdová

žena z televizní obrazovky

Pavel Marek

muž z obrazovky

František Michálek

cválající jezdec

dr. Rudolf Koubek

komentátor

Bert Schneider

komentátor

Jaroslav Šmajsl

Paclt

Crew and creators

Project author

tradicionál

Second Unit Director

Milada Mikešová

Assistant Director

Anna Lackovičová, Stanislava Hutková

Shooting Script

Karel Kachyňa

Director of Photography

Jan Čuřík

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Karel Vacek

Set Designer

Karel Smrž, Josef Večerek, Jiří Žůček

Costume Designer

Eliška Kachyňová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Markéta Weissová, Vlasta Synkulová, Kučera Jaroslav (výroba)

Unit Production Manager

Viktor Schwarcz

Cooperation

Ludvík Široký, Vladimír Souček, Dana Průchová, George Pokrovskij (práce se zvířaty), P. Brodil

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

When the Saints Go Marching In

Songwriter tradicionál

Mám ráda žužu

Songwriter Bohuslav Ondráček
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Naďa Urbánková

Ach, ta láska nebeská

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Waldemar MatuškaEva Pilarová

Rožnovské hodiny

Singer Zdeněk ŘehořDita Kaplanová

Production info

Original Title

Čekání na déšť

Czech Title

Čekání na déšť

English Title

Waiting for the Rain

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1977—1978

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 23 July 1976
start of filming 1 February 1977
technical Screenplay approved 4 April 1977
end of filming 6 January 1978
projection approval 16 February 1978

Premiere

premiere 13 October 1978

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

68 min

Original length in metres

1 988 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: Mezinárodní festival dětských filmů Linec

1979
Linec / Austria

Vítěz

Event: 17. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1979
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Event: 17. mezinárodní soutěž filmů pro děti a mládež Gijón

1979
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Event: Soutěž belgických filmových distributorů Brusel

1979
Brusel / Belgium

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1978
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Dita Kaplanová

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1978
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 18. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1978
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 10. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1978
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Dita Kaplanová