Sun, Hay and Strawberries

comedy, screwball comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Slunce seno jahody

Runtime

83

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

01.09.1984

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Troška

Screenplay

Zdeněk Troška, Petr Markov

Screenstory

Zdeněk Troška, Petr Markov

Summary

Zdeněk Troška shot two films in 1983: school comedy Bota jménem Melichar (Melichar the Boot) and village comedy Slunce, seno, jahody (Sun, Hay and Strawberries). The latter picture paved the way for the most popular titles in the filmography of the young debuting filmmaker: sequels Slunce, seno a pár facek (Sun, Hay and Slaps, 1989) and Slunce, seno, erotika (Sun, Hay and Erotic, 1991), and the Kameňák (Bad Joke, 2003-2005) and Babovřesky (Old Hag’s Yells, 2013-2015) trilogies. The first part of the Sun, Hay… series, set in the South Bohemian village of Hoštice, presents the fictional, idyllic world of a Czech village created by Troška and screenwriter Petr Markov. An agricultural college student, Šimon Plánička, arrives at the local JZD farming cooperative to put to the test his theory that a cow’s milk yield is linked to the animal’s cultural environment. While he succeeds in his experiment with the vicar Otík’s cow, the bovines in the cooperative fail to respond to the music played to them. Meanwhile, suspicions arise that Šimon is the son of the regional agricultural administration’s chairman. Blažena Škopková, daughter of the research student’s landlady, is tasked with finding out, but her efforts only trigger jealousy in her boyfriend Venca… Troška’s Hoštice is a village of oddball characters that fit in well with the tradition of popular comedies enhanced by the “carefree” period of the summer holidays. Energetic mother Škopková, Otík who has elevated spying on neighbours to a divine mission, prim but musical school director Ms. Hubičková, the infantile grandmother spending all her days in a bed on wheels outside the house, and tireless informer Keliška – they are just some of the characters whose jovial words long ago made it into public banter. In this first part of the series centred on the village of Hoštice, Troška proves himself a truly spontaneous narrator of humorous tales, with a talent for creating a genuinely poetic atmosphere, something which experienced cameraman Josef Hanuš helps to evoke. These qualities unfortunately began to wane in the sequels, unlike the director’s ability to assemble and harmonise actors and non-actors who often went on to complete further collaborations with the director in later pictures. Examples of this are experienced actress Helena Růžičková and Pavel Kikinčuk, who debuted in the role of Šimon and became an integral part of the later Old Hag’s Yells series.

Synopsis

A student of the agricultural college, Šimon Plánička, arrives at a South-Bohemian village for a summer temporary job. He has to jump out of the railcar while it is still moving - the train is delayed and if it stopped, the delay would increase. Šimon has an experiment how to increase the cows' milk yield prepared for the local agricultural coooperative: to beautify the cowsheds and play music to the cows while milking. The cooperative's chairman does not want to hear anything about the experiment. For the moment, he accomodates the young man with the Škopkas family, commanded by the vigorous Mrs Škopková. Šimon does not want to give up his experiment and finally gets a cow which belongs to the village priest. The cow indeed produces substantially more milk than before the experiment. The cooperative's management hesitates and moreover the news spreads that Šimon is son of the regional cooperative administration's director. The Škopkas' daughter Blažena is entrusted to find the truth during a village hop. Blažena's boyfriend Venca does not like the plan and begins to be jealous. In the middle of the hop, the villagers notice an enormous full moon and Mrs schoolmaster immediately sings an opera aria about the moon. The cooperative's management allows Šimon to repeat his experiment in the cowsheds. The Škopkas family has trouble with their immobile grandmother who sometimes indulges in malicious pranks which make her relatives' lives a misery. The cooperative cows, however, do not want to yield more milk even when listening to music. Blažena is pregnant and Venca is suspicious that the future child is Šimon's. But Blažena proves to him that she was faithful to him. A delegation from the regional administration arrives at the village, including the father Plánička who had no idea about his son's activities. He wants to talk to him but the reconciled lovers Blažena and Venca help Šimon run away. This time, he must jump onto the moving train.

Note

Free second and third parts were filmed by director Zdeněk Troška under the titles Sun, Hay and Slaps (1989) and Sun, Hay, Erotic (1991).

Cast

Pavel Kikinčuk

brigádník Šimon Plánička

Bronislav Černý

instalatér Venca Konopník

Veronika Kánská

Blažena Škopková, Vencova dívka

Petra Pyšová

servírka Miluna

Helena Růžičková

Mařenka Škopková, Blaženina matka

Stanislav Tříska

Vladimír Škopek, Mařenčin muž

Arnoštka Červená

babička Škopkových

Martin Šotola

Jirka, syn Škopkových

Miroslav Zounar

předseda JZD Pepa Rádl

Jiří Lábus

živočichář Béďa

Pavel Vondruška

tajemník Mošna

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

sekretářka JZD Eva Pilátová zvaná Evík

Luděk Kopřiva

farář Otík

Vlastimila Vlková

farářova hospodyně Cecilka

Vlasta Mészárosová

průvodčí Helenka

Jiří Kostka

děda Zvoníček

Karel Engel

Rudík Sobotka

Hana Čížková

Sobotkova žena

Jiřina Jirásková

řídící Václavka Hubičková

Martin Wolf

závozník Eda

Jiří Janda

hospodský Jaroušek

Jiří Růžička

tlustý Josef

Jiřina Jelenská

Rádlová, předsedova žena

Oleg Reif

ředitel zemědělské správy Plánička

Alena Karešová

Pláničkova žena

Marie Sládková

Mošnova žena

Marie Pilátová

Vlasta Konopníková, Vencova matka

Václav Troška

Konopník, Vlastin muž

Vladimír Chvosta

Vencův kamarád

Michal Kepl

Vencův kamarád

Josef Bolard

Vencův kamarád

Marie Soukupová

Matoušková

Marie Švecová

drbna Mařenka Kelišová zvaná Keliška

Oldřich Smetana

Vlček

Libuše Fialová

sousedka

Bedřiška Kelišová

sousedka

Marie Pikhartová

sousedka

Miloslava Ratajová

sousedka

Blažena Votavová

sousedka

Richard Kepl

Karel Brázda

hudebník

František Chalupecký

hudebník

Miroslav Lukeš

hudebník

Jan Novotný (5)

hudebník

Václav Soukup

hudebník

František Jákl

dubl za Kikinčuka

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

obyvatelé obce Hoštice u Volyně

vesničané

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Magdalena Příhodová

Assistant Director

Petr Slabý, Rudolf Jokl, Eva Truchlá

Script Editor

Miroslav Hladký

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Miloš Sršeň, Milan Šefrna

Costume Designer

Marie Franková

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Karel Jaroš

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Mos, Hana Štefanová

Unit Production Manager

René Kořenář, Přemysl Čermák

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Vágner

Selected Music

Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém/ – árie ), Bedřich Smetana (Tajemství /Sbor poutníků/), Petr Iljič Čajkovskij (Klavírní koncert b moll), Vilém Blodek (V studni /Mladá láska to je ráj/)

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Vágnera

Music Conducted by

Karel Vágner (Orchestr Karla Vágnera)

Songs

V pohodě, Auťák na lásku, Trnky brnky – polka, U panského dvora, Pionýři, pionýři, malované děti (/parafráze na Huláni, huláni/), Tancuj, tancuj, vykrúcaj, Šla Nanynka do zelí, Pod našima okny teče vodička, Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém, Já jsem malý mysliveček, Mladá láska to je ráj, Ty křenovský luka, Dva docenti

Songwriter

lidová píseň (U panského dvora), Antonín Dvořák (Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém), Vilém Blodek (Mladá láska to je ráj), lidová píseň (Ty křenovský luka), Ivan Mládek (Dva docenti ), Karel Vágner (V pohodě), Karel Vágner (Auťák na lásku)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Krůta (V pohodě), Pavel Žák (Auťák na lásku), František Jaroslav Vacek-Kamenický (U panského dvora), Jaroslav Kvapil (Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém), Karel Sabina (Mladá láska to je ráj), Ivan Mládek (Dva docenti )

Singer

Hana Zagorová (V pohodě), Petr Kotvald (V pohodě), Stanislav Hložek (V pohodě), Hana Zagorová (Auťák na lásku), Petr Kotvald (Auťák na lásku), Stanislav Hložek (Auťák na lásku), ženský sbor (Trnky brnky – polka), dětský sbor (Pionýři, pionýři, malované děti), ženský sbor (Tancuj, tancuj, vykrúcaj), Erna Červená (Šla Nanynka do zelí), sbor (Pod našima okny teče vodička), Jiřina Jirásková (Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém), sbor (Já jsem malý mysliveček), Jiřina Jirásková (Mladá láska to je ráj), sbor (Ty křenovský luka), Ivan Mládek (Dva docenti )

Production info

Original Title

Slunce seno jahody

English Title

Sun, Hay and Strawberries

Working Title

Ta naše vesnička česká /scénář/

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Premiere

01.09.1984

Creative Group

Jan Vild

Technical info

Versions

Czech