Poachers

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

26 February 1982

Runtime

87 min

Director

Hynek Bočan

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pytláci

Czech title

Pytláci

English title

Poachers

Summary

Dismal family relations are a theme that attracted both director Hynek Bočan and Moravian writer Jan Kostrhun. This was underscored by their collaboration in making Pytláci (Poachers, 1981), which followed the film their partnership is best known for, Tvář za sklem (The Face Behind the Glass, 1979) – Bočan served as the director for that motion picture, while Kostrhun contributed the story. In Pytláci, tension reigns between 30-year-old Cyril Spurný and his father, who is attempting to resettle in the village of his birth after returning from an emigration. Cyril, a tractor driver, also struggles in his relationships with women, and has problems with his mother, who has found a lover. Meanwhile, his father’s passion for hunting is heading towards a tragic conclusion; a repercussion of a trauma he suffered during his childhood … The cast is among the undeniable qualities of this film. Above all, Josef Somr, in the role of the father, stands out. The part of Cyril is one of the few major roles in which Pavel Nový has convincingly demonstrated his acting talent. Also unusually engaging are the actors playing the female roles; Jana Hlaváčová as the mother, Barbora Štěpánová as Hedvika and Daniela Kolářová as František’s assistant.

Synopsis

The thirty-year old tractor-driver Cyril Spurný lives in a small house with his mother. His father almost shot him dead by mistake when they were poaching together during his childhood. Cyril gets rid of his eternally drunk co-driver, who is replaced by Františka, a young woman from a town who herself asked for the hard job because of the good pay. The tractor-driver rudely manifests his dissatisfaction with her. He shows her how he poaches with his dog. Cyril's father left for the United States years ago and his mother vainly conceals the visits of her lover - a leather purchasing agent. The young man hates the leatherman and is bloody-minded towards him. Cyril is in a serious relationship with a student, Hedvika. But her father guards her so strictly that the relationship is almost platonic. Cyril's father returns in an expensive car after many years. He thinks that everything can soon return to the old track, leaves the hotel and moves back into the house. When Cyril asks for Hedvika's hand, it turns out that the girl secretly underwent an abortion because she got pregnant by another man. Cyril's colleague Františka can see that Cyril's rudeness is only a ploy to conceal his oversensitivity, and she confides in him that she is paying off debts for her ex-husband's shortfall. Father Spurný throws a party, but he is rather unpopular in the village and only a few guests come. The mother is irritated by the worn out dress which he gave her. Cyril spends the night with Františka. After a fight in the pub, the father realizes that it is too late to return. He buys a boar shooting permit and takes his son to the hunt. A female roe deer wakes up his passion for poaching. Cyril wants to prevent him from shooting it and the shot hits him. The father is leaving forever. Cyril confirms to an investigator in the hospital that it was just an unfortunate accident. He is visited by his mother, the leather agent, Hedvika as well as Františka.

Cast

Josef Somr

otec Alois Spurný

Jana Hlaváčová

matka Spurná

Pavel Nový

traktorista Cyril, syn Spurných

Ilja Racek

kůžkař

Daniela Kolářová

závoznice Františka

Barbora Štěpánová

Hedvika Jeřábková

Karel Augusta

Jeřábek, otec Hedviky

Miloslav Štibich

závozník Rapoš

Oldřich Velen

zootechnik

Robert Vrchota

hostinský

Jan Šedivý

Cyril jako dítě

Milan Kindl

chlapík z jatek

Jan Kačmáček

příslušník VB

Libuše Vašků

pokladní kina

Vladimír Kabeláč

soused

Oldřich Semerák

soused

Jiří Fořt

hudebník

Lubomír Hevler

hudebník

Josef Homolka

hudebník

Josef Konšal

hudebník

Stanislav Prostecký

hudebník

Antonín Průcha

hudebník

Miroslav Jíra

dubl za Racka

Crew and creators

Director

Hynek Bočan

Second Unit Director

Lubomír Břinčil

Assistant Director

Milan Špinka, Jitka Tošilová

Based on

Jan Kostrhun (Pytláci – novela)

Shooting Script

Hynek Bočan

Script Editor

Václav Šašek

Director of Photography

František Uldrich

Second Unit Photography

Michal Krob

Camera Operator

Michal Hvozdák

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Jiří Broum, Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík, Ladislav Rada

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Milan Brabec, Pavel Mangl, Jiří Ulrich ml.

Unit Production Manager

Luboš Kozák

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Vokálně instrumentální skupina Červánek

Songs

Zasadil jsem konvalinku

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer skupina Červánek

Zelení hájové

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer skupina Červánek

Kristýnka

Songwriter Zdeněk Petr
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Dvořák
Singer skupina Červánek

Starý pytlák

Songwriter Josef Poncár
Writer of Lyrics Vilda Sýkora
Singer skupina Červánek

Má roztomilá Baruško

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer skupina Červánek

Když jsem šel z hub

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer skupina Červánek

Production info

Original Title

Pytláci

Czech Title

Pytláci

English Title

Poachers

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 17 March 1980
technical Screenplay approved 12 February 1981
start of filming 12 February 1981
end of filming 20 October 1981
projection approval 30 October 1981

Premiere

premiere 26 February 1982

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Karla Valtery, Karel Valtera (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

87 min

Original length in metres

2 490 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 12. ročník čtenářské ankety týdeníku Květy ve spolupráci s Československou televizí a Ústřední půjčovnou filmů

1983
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jana Hlaváčová