Větrov Red Indians

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Indiáni z Větrova

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

07.09.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Julius Matula

Screenplay

Markéta Zinnerová, Julius Matula

Screenstory

Markéta Zinnerová

Summary

Markéta Zinnerová’s books and screenplays were primarily focused on the world of children and young people. Among her screenwriting endeavours was an adaptation of her book Indiáni z Větrova (Větrov Red Indians), which was published in 1979. That year also saw the release of the film, helmed by Július Matula. Then 36, the director was at that time known for nothing more than his noteworthy 1977 debut Řeknem si to příští léto (Let’s Talk about It Next Summer). Though Matula subsequently made other children’s movies, he had never set out to focus on the genre and made them largely because of societal demand. It was this that led him to shoot Bloudění orientačního běžce (The Lost Orienteer), evoking the subject of Spartakiad meetings, in 1986. Větrov Red Indians, meanwhile, was linked to the International Year of the Child (1979) and the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Socialist Youth Union’s Pioneer organisation. On the surface the picture explores the rivalry between two gangs of boys from the village of Větrov – the residents of children’s home, known as Indians, and a group of locals called Shimmies. However, reality intrudes into the boys’ everyday tussles: Větrov is by the border and the boys’ world includes border guards and their loyal canine companions, trained to pursue trespassers on socialist state borders. The boys keep a careful eye out for any suspicious looking outsiders. One such is Mr. Podešva (Josef Somr), though it transpires he has come to the village over an adoption. In the end a truce between the two gangs is achieved by the leader of the Pioneer group, who tasks the boys with looking after the retired border patrol dog Rank. The fatherly commander of the border guards, portrayed by the dependable Ilja Prachař, is also sympathetic to the boys’ troubles. Větrov Red Indians also differs from the apolitical films for young people of Věra Plívová-Šimková in the fact that Matula for the most part cast children with previous acting experience in the picture.

Synopsis

In the frontier village Větrov boys from the children's home called Indians lead a bitter "war" with the local Šímáks. Before a battle the Indians have a meeting in the sandpit with a smoke signalling. The smoke brings to the sandpit a frontier guard Tomáš with a police dog Ranek. The children learn from Tomáš that Rank served out and that it shall be destroyed. The nine-year old Fanda writes a letter to the "minister of the frontier guards" in which he asks to let Ranek live. To save Ranek's life he also visits the local frontier guard commander. In the end it is decided that children from the children's home may keep Ranek. But there are problems with Ranek. - There stops a car with a breakdown on a deserted road and an unknown man continues on foot. The children and especially Fanda believe the man wants to cross the borders and they stop him and hand him over to the frontier guards. But the mistake is explained soon. The unknown man is Mr Podešva who will choose together with his wife a baby for adoption in the local children's home. After many problems the children from the children's home have to take Ranek away. Přemek and Fanda suffer a lot. But a chief from a pioneer unit helps them. He reconciles both gangs thanks to a joint care of Ranek. The dog is in the end taken in by Lojza Šíma's grandpa. The Podešvas are again unlucky in finding a suitable child. The head physician offers them Fanda. The Podešvas decide to accept this offer and Fanda leaves with them to his new home.

Note

The film was dedicated to the International Year of Child and to the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the "Pioneer" organization under the Socialistic Union of Youth.

Cast

Michal Dymek

Přemek, náčelník Indiánů

Jiří Strnad

Fanda Blesík zvaný Bystrá liška

Josef Somr

žadatel o adopci Podešva

Jana Tomečková

Podešvova žena

Ivan Mistrík

primář Kojeneckého ústavu Václavík

Ilja Prachař

podplukovník Pávek

Petr Voříšek

Lojza Šíma, náčelník venkovských kluků

Helga Čočková

učitelka

Miroslav Horák

ředitel dětského domova

Vladimír Dlouhý

pohraničník desátník Tomáš Klíma

Oldřich Velen

ředitel školy

Igor Zapletal

kluk

Michal Nevěčný

kluk

Karel Kabíček

dědeček Lojzy

Miriam Vránová

vedoucí pionýrů Zdena

Věra Nováková

vychovatelka Božena Pávková

Monika Gondolánová

Simona Meruňáková zvaná Bílá holubice

Michal Kocourek

kluk z dětského domova

Stanislav Tříska

zahradník Ježek

Jana Šedová

vychovatelka

Roman Pravec

kluk

Petr Klepáček

kluk

Juraj Matula

D. Grundzová

T. Gál

R. Demeter

děti z dětského domova v Hodoníně

děti z Valtic

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Maryška

Assistant Director

Vladimír Prager, Corina Schlesingerová

Based on

Markéta Zinnerová (Indiáni z Větrova – kniha)

Script Editor

Miloslav Vydra

Second Unit Photography

Juraj Fándli

Production Designer

Peter Gál

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Emil Hrazdira, František Santarius

Make-Up Artist

Květa Zavřelová

Film Editor

Alois Fišárek

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Rostislav Stružka

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Metyš, Eva Stedlová, Jindřich Ujčík

Consultant

plk. Jan Kovář, František Radkovič, Ing. J. Vavruška

Cooperation

Iva Navrátilová, D. Fialová, Zdeněk Bobek, S. Kundrát, Jana Semschová

Music

Music Composed by

Dežo Ursiny

Songs

Ej, od Buchlova, Jackova píseň

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Ej, od Buchlova), lidová americká píseň (Jackova píseň)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Werich (Jackova píseň), Jiří Voskovec (Jackova píseň)

Singer

dětský sbor (Ej, od Buchlova), dětský sbor (Jackova píseň)

Production info

Original Title

Indiáni z Větrova

English Title

Větrov Red Indians

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

07.09.1979

Technical info

Format

DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: FILMÁK ’98 Plzeň – 4. filmový festival plzeňských dětí a mládeže Plzeň

1998
Plzeň / Czech Republic
Julius Matula

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1979
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 11. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Ostrov nad Ohří

1979
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Strnad

Vítěz

Festival: 30. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´79

1979
62 měst / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1979
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Strnad

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1979
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Michael Dymek