Dreams of the Zambezi

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

17 December 1982

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Sny o Zambezi

Czech title

Sny o Zambezi

English title

Dreams of the Zambezi

Summary

Based on a novel by author, screenwriter and story editor Karel Štorkán, this 1982 drama is directed by Stanislav Strnad, whose previous films include Můj brácha má prima bráchu (My Brother Has a Marvellous Brother, 1975) and Kluci z bronzu (The Bronze Boys, 1980). Seeking to broaden his range from television comedy, actor Oldřich Kaiser portrays automobile racer Bartoň, who dreams of a voyage to Africa, following in the footsteps of the explorer Holub. But instead of setting off on a carefully planned expedition, he causes a traffic accident and ends up in jail. Even then, Bartoň decides to carry out his original plan, willing to risk a confrontation with the law. However, in the end, he learns some valuable life lessons…. In this moralistic feature with an unusual twist, Svatopluk Skopal co-stars as Jindra’s friend, and Kateřina Macháčková plays selfless bartender Anita.

Synopsis

Pavel Bartoň and Jindra Vališka, winners of a touring-car race, celebrate their victory and at the same time say farewell to their friends. They are supposed to leave for a trip to Africa in thirty two hours to follow in the footsteps of the famous Czech traveller Holub, as far as to the source of the Zambezi river. That night, Pavel drives his drunk girlfriend Darina home. She constantly interferes with his driving and Pavel runs down a cyclist on a bend. He runs in panic but is caught and sentenced to two years in prison. But he does not give up his dream while in prison and keeps preparing for the trip. As soon as he is released, two experienced criminals offer him "help" in getting the money for it. Pavel, however, rejects their offer. Although he is sincerely welcomed back by his friends, no one really shares his belief in realizing the journey. Pavel decides to leave alone. He sells a small house which he inherited from his parents and buys a jeep for practice. His relative, an attorney called Linhart, arranges for him to work abroad as a car-mechanic for the Rallye Monte Carlo. But Pavel is impatient and thus contacts the criminals he knows. They offer him a deal: they will steal some rare miniatures and Pavel will sell them abroad. But Pavel beats them to the theft and his cronies beat him up for it. The young man realizes what he has done and returns the miniatures. He moreover realizes what is really precious in life: in his room, he shoots the copies of African masks to pieces and accepts the selfless love of his girlfriend Anita.

Cast

Oldřich Kaiser

závodník Pavel Bartoň

Svatopluk Skopal

závodník a kriminalista Jindra Vališka

Ota Sklenčka

JUDr. Linhart, Pavlův strýc

Kateřina Macháčková

barmanka Anita Růžičková

Zora Ulla Keslerová

Dubbing Jorga Kotrbová
Darina Dusová, Jindrova dívka

Jana Dítětová

Janouchová

Jan Teplý

poručík VB Fišárek

Jaroslav Moučka

lodní kapitán Navrátil

Miroslav Zounar

prokurátor

Karel Engel

vězeň Láďa Skála

Ladislav Potměšil

vězeň Béďa Kříž

Karel Vochoč

lodní kapitán Lang

Karel Urbánek

předseda Autoklubu Svazarmu

Roman Hájek

mechanik

Jan Kuželka

mechanik

Ivo Niederle

číšník

Pavel Pípal

lékař v nemocnici

Miroslav Moravec

řidič nákladního auta

Miloš Hlavica

náměstek Podhajský

Jiří Smutný

předseda senátu

Jiří Bukvaj

přísedící

Dana Horčicová

zapisovatelka u soudu

Miloslav Šindler

soudní úředník

Jan Pohan

inženýr v přístavu

Zdeněk Srstka

nakladač v přístavu, Pavlův parťák

Lena Birková

Křížová

Zdeněk Skalický

číšník v nočním podniku

Milan Novotný

Dubbing Oto Ševčík
Dafinger

Jindra Šuberová

barmanka

Jiří Prýmek

celník v uniformě

Zdeněk Jelínek

starší trestanec

Zdeněk Žák

mladší trestanec

František Bechyně

hudebník

Pavel Blech

hudebník

Lubor Fischer

hudebník

Karel Vejvoda

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Helena Rohanová, Radovan Urban

Assistant Director

Martin Faltýn, Jana Goetzová

Based on

Karel Štorkán (Sny o Zambezi – novela)

Shooting Script

Stanislav Strnad

Script Editor

Alexander Lukeš

Director of Photography

Jan Novák

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Jiří Zavřel

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Jaroslav Česal, Bohumil Kadlec, Vladimír Slepička, Richard Staněk

Costume Designer

Vojtěch Kolařík

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Karel Vejřík

Unit Production Manager

Milan Futera, Jarmila Tomišková

Unit Production Manager

Ivana Chobotová

Consultant

JUDr. Petr Šnajdr

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens),

Songs

Nádherný, nádherný svět

Songwriter Karel Mareš
Writer of Lyrics Ondřej Suchý
Singer Karel Černoch

Production info

Original Title

Sny o Zambezi

Czech Title

Sny o Zambezi

English Title

Dreams of the Zambezi

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

premiere 17 December 1982

Creative Group

2. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Josef Císař (vedoucí 2. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 411 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech