State Of Shipwreck

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Stav ztroskotání

Runtime

73

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

01.12.1984

Language version

Czech

Director

Vít Olmer

Screenplay

Vojtěch Vacke, Petr Švéda

Screenstory

Vojtěch Vacke

Summary

Following their first collaboration with Sonáta pro zrzku (Sonata for a Red-Haired Girl, 1980) director Vít Olmer once again joined forces with author and screenwriter Vojtěch Vacek to make this 1983 teenage canoeing adventure. A dispute between the older members of a Pioneer (the favoured socialist-era term for “scout”) canoeing club and a group of young Roma ends with reconciliation. But concealed beneath the veneer of this carefree holiday adventure is a drama about xenophobia and hatred, as a growing sense of danger and suspicion continues to bubble during a summertime boating trip along the river Ohře. A thief is discovered within the canoeing group, risking the entire trip. Female Pioneer Ivana then begins to fall for the leader of the Roma group, the attractive Karči (Sagvan Tofi). Tom, the leader of the Pioneers, is portrayed by Vladimír Kratina. His young charges include actors Filip Renč, Michal Suchánek, Martin Zounar, Yvetta Blanarovičová, Kateřina Brožová and Michaela Jílková.

Synopsis

A water sport boating group of older Pioneers are travelling in two punts and a canoe on the river Odra. The group is headed by Tom, helped by Honza. From a bridge, a group of young Gypsies throw plastic bags filled with water, which they call water bombs. When the water sportsmen encamp, they set off to see the Gypsies who are wandering along the river. The encounter ends up in a fight and the Gypsies' visit to the sportsmen's camp fire does not end up well, either. But Ivana did not fail to notice that the Gypsy called Karči is a very handsome young man. Before going down the rapids, Tom entrusts Jana with the group's funds. Jana, accompanied by Pípák and Jindra, sets off to an orchard to steal cherries. But she loses her wallet while escaping from a watchman who pockets it unscrupulously. The group is moneyless, but the young people want to go on anyway. Tom therefore announces the "state of shipwreck" and invites everybody to put together money and food. On the way, the young people earn some extra money from time to time, but also their food keeps disappearing along with one hundred crowns from their modest funds. These losses result in an unpleasant feeling in the group. They suspect not only the Gypsies but also each other of the thefts. Ivana does not believe that the Gypsies are thieves and wants to exonerate them - of course, especially Karči. She lays a trap with the Doctor and Jindra gets caught in it. All the thefts are explained and Jindra must immediately leave the group. When they meet the Gypsy gang again on their travellings, the encounter is friendly this time. And the water sportsmen do not even mind any more the Gypsy friends throwing water bombs at them.

Cast

Vladimír Kratina

vedoucí vodáků Tom

Stanislav Aubrecht

suverén Jindra

Markéta Glancová

Jana

Michael Hofbauer

oddílový klaun Pípák

Michal Kocourek

kormidelník Pazour

Jiří Petkov

tlouštík Buchta

Filip Renč

kormidelník Krája

Michal Suchánek

vědátor Bale zvaný Doktor

Jan Valenta

Evžen zvaný Kolouch

Sagvan Tofi

cikán Karči

Yvetta Blanarovičová

Andrea, Karčiho sestra

Boleslav Skalski

cikán Michal

Vladimír Koki

cikán Dodo

Roman Karász

cikán Prcek

Karel Brožek

zloděj

Vladimír Hrubý

správce statku

Viktor Nejedlý

hlídač třešňovky

Crew and creators

Director

Vít Olmer

Second Unit Director

Jan Křížek

Assistant Director

Pavel Nášel, Renata Gondová

Screenstory

Vojtěch Vacke

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Dalibor Michalčík

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Set Designer

Otto Buchta, Jiří Plášil, Josef Vojtášek

Costume Designer

Jana Budíková

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Věra Kopecká, Jiří Zemanec

Unit Production Manager

Kamil Spáčil

Consultant

Jiří Vařecha, Jan Klicman

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk John

Music Performed by

studiová skupina

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (studiová skupina)

Songs

Rosa na kolejích, Hájku, háječku (/parafráze Háčku, háčíčku/), O Khamoro, Sedím u kolonády a kouřím spartu, Šly panenky silnicí, Franta a pádlo, píseň Elvise Presleyho

Songwriter

Wabi Daněk (Rosa na kolejích), Jaroslav Samson Lenk (Franta a pádlo)

Writer of Lyrics

Wabi Daněk (Rosa na kolejích), Jaroslav Samson Lenk (Hájku, háječku ), Jaroslav Samson Lenk (Franta a pádlo)

Singer

sbor (Rosa na kolejích), Michael Hofbauer (Hájku, háječku ), sbor (Hájku, háječku ), Sagvan Tofi [dab] (O Khamoro), Jan Valenta (Sedím u kolonády a kouřím spartu), Stanislav Aubrecht (Šly panenky silnicí), Michal Suchánek (Šly panenky silnicí), Michael Hofbauer (Šly panenky silnicí), Michael Hofbauer (Franta a pádlo), Karel Zich (píseň Elvise Presleyho)

Production info

Original Title

Stav ztroskotání

English Title

State Of Shipwreck

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Premiere

01.12.1984

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 24. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1984
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Juraj Fándli

Vítěz

Exhibition: 16. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1984
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Kratina

Vítěz

Exhibition: 16. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1984
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia