Luke

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

29 October 1982

Runtime

67 min

Director

Otakar Kosek

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Lukáš

Czech title

Lukáš

English title

Luke

Summary

Otakar Kosek is primarily known as a television director but he also has a number of film credits to his name. Among them is the family drama Lukáš (Luke, 1982), which won the UNICEF Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1983. The story centres upon the relationship between an adolescent boy and his father, whom the boy admires but whose alcoholism is close to unbearable. While his father, Leskovjan, works in the forest, the 12-year-old Lukáš and his brother Kuba each day descend into the valley from their isolated home in the Beskid Mountains in order to go to school. One of his teachers notices that there is something wrong in the family: the father’s heavy drinking frequently results in surly and aggressive behaviour towards his wife and children. The teacher tries to exert a positive influence on the man, but finding a workable solution to the family’s problems is something that remains up to Lukáš… Daniel Vychopeň and Ján Mistrík play the lead roles in this educational film about the harmful effects of alcohol.

Synopsis

Twelve year old Lukáš Leskovjan lives with his parents and his younger brother Kuba at seclusion in the middle of the Beskydy mountains. The boys are walking every day to school in the valley. The father Leskovjan works in the wood. Lukáš loves him a lot, but he minds that his father gets often drunk. Then he behaves at home roughly to his wife and sons. When he is sober, Lukáš uses to go with him to the wood and he tells him his secrets. But his father never keeps his word and does not fulfil his promises. The teacher at school anticipates that in the Leskovjan's family something is not in order: the brothers come to school sleepy and late, Lukáš has sometimes bruises. Once Leskovjan gets so drunk that he is not able to keep on his feet, and the unhappy Lukáš is looking for help at night at his teacher. They bring his father home together. The confused mother even does not thank to the teacher. The next day the father tries to make a contact with his son, but Lukáš refuses him. First when his father invites him to go to the wood for a marten, the boys accepts. In the wood they meet by chance the teacher, to whom the father has promised he would not drink anymore. Soon he comes home drunk again, on top of it with his companions. Lukáš is angry and he lets drive his father's friend's car to the creek. He stands a drubbing from his father and he decides to escape from home. In the evening he expresses secretly his thanks to his teacher on the blackboard write. Suddenly he hears his father's worried voice, he is asking about his son. Lukáš slowly wipes off the text on the blackboard.

Cast

Daniel Vychopeň

Lukáš Leskovjan

Tomáš Zálešák

Kuba, Lukášův bratr

Miroslav Kulišťák

Michal

Libor Hodulák

Jindra Zapalač

Radek Psota

Jura Zapalač

Simona Matoušková

Markéta

Blanka Kučerová

Olina

Ján Mistrík

otec Lukáše a Kuby

Barbara Plichtová

matka Lukáše a Kuby

Jana Vochočová

učitelova žena

Stanislav Tříska

Havlík zvaný Lufťák

Václav Antoš

Jan z Potočiska

Jan Valchař

Jan Korytář

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Kosek

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Suchánek

Assistant Director

Vladimír Prager

Based on

Petr Křenek (Lukášova naděje – kniha)

Director of Photography

Jiří Kolín

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Josef Ryšánek

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Ignác Samohýl, Šťovíček Josef st.

Costume Designer

Alexandr Babraj

Assistant Film Editor

Vlasta Malotová, Marie Vrlová

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Assistant Sound Designer

Zdeněk Bobek

Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Věra Kopecká, Jarmila Bartoníková

Unit Production Manager

Lenka Vlčková

Consultant

Hubert Čecháček

Cooperation

Eva Doležalová (klapka), Otto Kamenský (fotograf), Zdeněk Skaunic

Music

Music Composed by

Vadim Petrov

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Production info

Original Title

Lukáš

Czech Title

Lukáš

English Title

Luke

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Production specifications

withdrawal from distribution 31 December 1987

Premiere

premiere 29 October 1982 /suitable for youths/

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

67 min

Original length in metres

2 082 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 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

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 33. mezinárodní filmový festival Berlinale

1983
Západní Berlín / Federal Republic of Germany

Vítěz

Festival: 33. mezinárodní filmový festival Berlinale

1983
Západní Berlín / Federal Republic of Germany

Vítěz

Festival: 22. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1982
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Daniel Vychopeň

Vítěz

Festival: 22. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1982
Zlín / Czechoslovakia