The Grape Harvest

psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Vinobraní

Runtime

94

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

01.06.1983

Language version

Czech

Director

Hynek Bočan

Screenplay

Jan Kostrhun

Summary

This bittersweet comedy, released in 1982, is the third film created by director Hynek Bočan in collaboration with Moravian writer Josef Kostrhun. Josef Kemr stars as the down-to-earth but distinctive old villager Dobeš who moves into the house of his adult son. He is troubled by both the unsettled relations between his son (Ivan Vyskočil) and daughter-in-law (Kateřina Macháčková) and a local stud farm’s horse auction. Together with his friend Hubert (Miroslav Macháček), he tries to help the poor animals in any way possible. Dobeš’s only real joy is his small grandson (Ondřej Mikšíček), whom he teaches love for nature and honest work… This multi-generational story describes the irreconcilable clash of an old villager with new times that gradually take away from him everything he has ever trusted and cherished.

Synopsis

An old man Dobeš sells his cottage on a village square to a town holidaymaker named Klazar. He moves to his son's new small villa with several pigeons. He is unpleasantly surprised by the constant quarrels between his philandering son and his hysterical wife. It most hurts him that the discords are witnessed by their six-year old son, Jeník. A horse auction is held at the local stud farm. Dobeš and his friend Hubert - both old horsemen - bear it very hard. The two friends loved the same woman, named Albína, in their young age. Hubert never married because of her and Dobeš, whom she favoured more, respected his friend's emotion and married another. Albína married repeatedly but was left childless. The friendship, however, remained among the three. Hubert and Dobeš tend to the remaining horses in an almost empty stable. But these horses, too, will be taken away the next day. Dobeš teaches his grandson to love horses. It is the time of feast and the centre of the celebrations is near a hunting lodge. Hubert, Dobeš, Albína and Jeník arrive there in a buggy. But the served goulash is made of foalmeat. The embittered old man buys off the whole stockpot and pours it out in a kennel. The feast ends up unhappily for the friends - by an unfortunate dispute when Hubert refuses to take the horses to a railway station. Dobeš introduces Jeník to the beauty of a vineyard as well as to the hard work which it requires. He shooes away the plundering starlings with a petards. But the little boy is scared of the noise. When the child falls asleep in the vineyard, his granddad better lets the birds devastate the entire harvest. The pigeons are let out, but return to the old house and Klazar inconsiderately kills them all. Hubert refuses his friend's offer of help with the grape harvest. Dobeš, however, still wants to buy his friend the remaining pair of horses for all his savings. Finally, one horse remains for Hubert. Albína's heart stops at the moment when she sits in the candy store of her friend Eva. The celebration of Jeník's birthday does not end up too well. The parents are angry with the boy, but he finds protection with his granddad. The old Dobeš is glad that the grandson, contrary to his own son, adopts a love of nature, honest and straightforward manners and respect for work from him. Jeník goes to school for the first time. The grandfather borrows from Hubert, with whom he eventually reconciles, a horse to take the grandson to school with all the bells on. He is in a hurry and takes a shortcut. But the horse stampedes on an old road full of potholes and turns the light carriage over. The old Dobeš dies and the boy waits for him in front of the school in vain.

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Cast

Josef Kemr

děda Dobeš

Miroslav Macháček

starý mládenec Hubert, Dobešův kamarád

Ondřej Mikšíček

Janek, Dobešův vnuk

Jiřina Jirásková

Albína Brousková, Hubertova stará láska

Blanka Bohdanová

cukrářka Eva

Ivan Vyskočil

Dobešův syn

Kateřina Macháčková

Marta, Dobešova snacha

Josef Somr

slepec Josef Procházka

Jana Smrčková

Procházkova žena

Jan Kačer

Klazar

Jitka Asterová

sekretářka Kšírová, milenka Dobeše

Rudolf Pellar

Brousek, Albínin manžel

Zora Jandová

dcera Brouskové

Filip Novotný

Olin Urban, Jankův kamarád

Miloslav Štibich

chlapík z vinařství

Miroslav Bezdíček

Josef

Václav Babka

úředník

Veronika Freimanová

učitelka v mateřské školce

Iva Hüttnerová

Pepička, Brouskova přítelkyně

Růžena Smolíková

matrona

František Černý (3)

prodavač

Zdeněk Hladčík

prodavač

Alena Konečná

prodavačka

Jiří Kovář

prodavač

Jana Kovářová

prodavačka

Josef Miška

prodavač

Kateřina Mišíková

prodavačka

Quido Neuberg

prodavač

Rudolf Vidlák

prodavač

Milada Vidláková

prodavačka

Zdeněk Srstka

kuchař Franc

Ondřej Havelka

funebrák

Jaroslav Tomsa

elegantní muž

Pavlína Moskalyková

dívka elegantního muže

František Jákl

kaskadér

skupina Charvatčanka

dechová krojovaná skupina

Cimbálová muzika Zavádka Čejkovice

Petr Hudeček

primáš

František Bačík

hudebník

Petr Hudeček

hudebník

Josef Koliba

hudebník

Antonín Patočka

hudebník

Pavel Skopal

hudebník

Jan Úprka

hudebník

Crew and creators

Director

Hynek Bočan

Second Unit Director

Antonín Kopřiva

Assistant Director

Milan Špinka, Jitka Tošilová

Based on

Jan Kostrhun (Vinobraní – novela)

Screenplay

Jan Kostrhun

Shooting Script

Hynek Bočan

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Ondráček

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Make-Up Artist

František Pilný

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Ulrich, Luboš Vála, Milan Futera

Unit Production Manager

Michal Přikryl

Consultant

Josef Miška

Cooperation

Sidonie Žemberyová, František Vokřál, Miroslav Jirsa

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Z Prešpurka k Dunaju, Nemelem, nemelem, A já su synek z Polanky, Ach, bože moj, prebože moj, Šel zahradník do zahrady

Singer

mužský sbor (Z Prešpurka k Dunaju), sbor (Ach, bože moj, prebože moj), dětský sbor (Šel zahradník do zahrady)

Production info

Original Title

Vinobraní

English Title

The Grape Harvest

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Premiere

01.06.1983

Creative Group

Václav Erben

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech