Wind in the Pocket

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Vítr v kapse

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.05.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Soukup

Screenplay

Jaroslav Soukup, Miroslav Vaic

Screenstory

Jaroslav Soukup

Summary

Although Barrandov film studios called for this “film about youth” to be made, the filmmakers were not allowed to give an honest account of the lives of young people. Nevertheless, this was one of several mainstream features about the young generation made in the 1980s which – more or less unwittingly – hinted at life in the timeless limbo of the “normalisation” period. The films were made by Jaroslav Soukup. His Vítr v kapse (Wind in the Pocket, 1981) and Láska z pasáže (Love from the Arcade, 1984) mixed the realities of the time with various motifs attractive for a general audience. After the 1989 Velvet Revolution, sequels to the features Discopříběh (Discostory, 1987) and Kamarád do deště (Good Pal, 1988) were made. Lukáš Vaculík is, above all, the actor who became a much-in-demand star thanks to Soukup’s films. In Vítr v kapse, he was ably supported by the debuting Sagvan Tofi. The appeal of the feature for the general public was further enhanced by pop idol Michal David’s music. The screenplay, which the director wrote together with his favourite collaborator, Miroslav Vaic, was inspired by Soukup’s own beginnings at the Škoda factory in Pilsen. The feature’s protagonists are two friends, Ondřej Bystřický (Vaculík) and Cyril Čech (Tofi), who is nicknamed Cinda. After taking their A-levels, they begin working for the industrial giant Škoda. The jokes the young men tell to help pass the time have a “serious” undertone in the sense of their lack of freedom and need to express their opinions. The dreams and imagination of the intelligent Ondřej further clash with the reality of his private life and work in the factory. The young man’s girlfriend, Helena (Ivana Andrlová), and his pregnant classmate, Jaruška, also play an important part in his internal struggle. Ondřej dreams of being a sailor, but his hopes for a different life will be scuppered by a tragedy in which Cinda is involved – and by his obligatory military service.

Synopsis

After passing their A levels, four former schoolmates begin in a big engineering plant. They are Ondřej, who wants to become a sailor, Cyril, the honest hard worker Franta, and the pregnant Jaruška. Ondřej and Cyril get quickly orientated in the plant and soon begin making use of the mistakes of both their colleagues and superiors in order to avoid work and to make various pranks. As a joke, they also vote against an extra shift at the plant's meeting of the Revolutionary Labour Union Movement. Ondřej later apologizes by claiming that they thus protested against refusal of Franta's improvement proposal. After their action, the proposal is admitted. Ondřej dates a salesgirl Helena and visits her secretly in the evenings. At a disco, he has a fight with Michal whom the girl dated long ago, but Ondřej is nevertheless groundlessly jealous of his girlfriend. He applies for work in the merchant navy in Prague but is turned down - he can only apply after finishing his military service. After his return, he wants to reconcile with Helena but the girl throws him out. He receives a draft order to the army and wants to see the girl before his departure. Cyril takes him to the nearby village on a motorbike and Ondřej and Helena stay together. Returning by bus, they see Cyril lying wounded on a road with his bike crashed in an accident. The friend dies that night. Ondřej gets drunk out of sorrow and is taken to the detention centre for drunks. The next day, he wanders through the town, ends up at Helena's place and stays overnight. In the morning, he leaves for the army. He spots his parents from the train but calls them in vain.

Cast

Lukáš Vaculík

Ondřej Bystřický

Sagvan Tofi

Cyril Čech zvaný Cinda

Ivana Andrlová

prodavačka Helena, Ondřejova dívka

Zora Ulla Keslerová

skladnice Ilonka

Jiří Vala

mistr Barbachán

Karel Augusta

mistr Mádr zvaný Bondžorno

Bronislav Poloczek

úsekář Josef Palec

Ilona Svobodová

spolužačka Jaruška

Karel Vochoč

Ondřejův otec

Karolina Slunéčková

Ondřejova matka

Ladislav Trojan

Helenin otec

Hana Talpová

Helenina matka

Václav Neužil

předseda ZV ROH Kalous

Jiří Samek

Forejt

Jiří Kalužný

Franta Kalaš

Ferdinand Krůta

železničář Brejcha

Dáša Neblechová

zákaznice

Jiří Chmelař

referent Vaněk

Daniel Rous

spolužák Eda

Zdeněk Ornest

úředník Československé námořní plavby

Josef Patočka

vrátný Československé námořní plavby

Robert Vrchota

vedoucí automatu

František Baťka

prodavač

Karel Gult

číšník

Eva Hořánková

prodavačka

Jaroslav Choc

strážný

Tomáš Vacek

maturant

Jan Jánský

člen komise

Boris Kubíček

Ondřejův bratr

Kateřina Lírová

zdravotní sestra

Pavel Pípal

zřízenec záchytky

Miroslav Rataj

mladý lékař

Milan Rybák

příslušník VB

Jiří Sequens ml.

podnapilý branec

Pavel Vítek

podnapilý branec

Eva Wimmerová

zákaznice

Marta Světlíková-Šolcová

referentka

Jaroslav Tomsa

trenér Mácha

Karel Hovorka ml.

diskžokej

Jiří Jáhl

člen VB

Petr Záruba

dubl za Sagvana Tofiho

Ondřej Pavelka

recitátor v televizi

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Jarolímek

Assistant Director

Pavel Dvorský, Libuše Vaněčková

Screenstory

Jaroslav Soukup

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Soukup

Script Editor

Miloslav Vydra

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Martin Grošup

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Milan Bábik, Eva Slívová, Karel Vaňásek

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Přemysl Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Pavelek, Bohdan Kysil

Unit Production Manager

Lidia Kravková

Consultant

ing. Miroslav Borovanský

Cooperation

J. Kvietková, Eva Horázná, Bohumil Nový, Ivan Minář

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Barták

Music Performed by

FISYO, Kroky Františka Janečka

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Já žiju nonstop, Nenapovídej, Šumařinka, Barbara, Já /Sobectví/ (/Me me only me/)

Songwriter

Zdeněk Barták (Já žiju nonstop), Zdeněk Barták (Nenapovídej), Karel Vacek (Šumařinka), Zdeněk Barták (Barbara), Petr Janda (Já /Sobectví/)

Writer of Lyrics

Boris Janíček (Já žiju nonstop), Jaroslav Machek (Nenapovídej), Zdeněk Rytíř (Já /Sobectví/)

Singer

Michal David (Já žiju nonstop), Michal David (Nenapovídej), Petr Janda (Já /Sobectví/)

Production info

Original Title

Vítr v kapse

English Title

Wind in the Pocket

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.05.1983

Creative Group

Miloslav Vydra

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 13. ročník čtenářské ankety týdeníku Květy ve spolupráci s Československou televizí a Ústřední půjčovnou filmů

1984
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Lukáš Vaculík

Vítěz

Festival: 19. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1984
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 23. mezinárodní festival avantgardních filmů Avellino

1983
Avellino / Italy

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1983
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia
Miroslav Vaic

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival českých a slovenských filmů Ostrava

1983
Ostrava / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Soukup