Blue Gift from Heaven

children, fairytale

Typology

feature

Czech title

Modré z nebe

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

01.02.1984

Language version

Czech

Director

Ota Koval

Screenplay

Josef Hanzlík

Summary

Children’s film specialist Ota Koval adapted his modern fairytale Modré z nebe (1983) from a Hungarian writer Béla Balázs' children's story Az igazi égszinkék (Real Azure Blue). The main character is 10-year-old Tomáš Lorenc who finds that poverty is hampering his great passion – drawing. His mother lacks the money to pay for the blue colour he needs to finish a drawing for school. Fortunately, our needy hero can still rely on his ability to dream to compensate for life’s deprivations. In his imagination Tomáš uses a magic paint and, moreover, experiences a series of lively adventures with the beautiful Sylva, whom he eventually meets in real life. This poetic film uses the natural charm of non-professional child actor Martin Filip to good effect. The parts of the grown-ups were played by experienced actors including Josef Somr, Jiří Kodet and Jan Hartl.

Synopsis

The ten-year old TomᚠLorenc distributes the laundry washed by his mother to her customers on a bicycle even before his school classes. His mum also does laundry for the wealthy Hájek family whose daughter Markétka Tomᚠsecretly loves. Tomᚠdoes not have good marks at school, he only excells at drawing. He paints every free moment but he often does not have enough paint. Right now, he lacks blue, and he thus cannot complete a picture for the school. His mum does not have enough money to buy it. In the evening, the sad Tomᚠfalls asleep in an ancient chest in the attic and suddenly finds himself on a meadow full of blue flowers. He picks them and makes some blue paint out of them. Now, he can finish his picture, and the picture comes alive. Even his cat named Snow White turns blue when it drinks milk with several drops of the blue. Tomáš's life changes from this moment on. He experiences various things in his dreams with the equestrian Sylva, who is the spitting image of a girl from the Bellinzona circus poster. Together, they search for the cat which Tomáš's mother sold to the circus; they face the ringmaster who wants to use Tomáš's magic picture in his freakshow. When Tomᚠwakes up in the chest, his cat is snow white again. He also meets the real Sylva by the Bellinzona circus poster. He gives her a ride on his bicycle. They ride through the town and pass a dressed up Markétka, as well as the stingy Kamil who did not want to lend Tomᚠthe blue paint.

Cast

Martin Filip

Tomáš Lorenc

Lucie Novotná (2)

krasojezdkyně Sylva

Pamela Kneschková

Markéta Hájková

Karel Slabý

Kamil Dubský, Tomášův spolužák

Josef Somr

inspektor Saueressig/starosta/principál

Jiří Kodet

třídní učitel/velitel hasičů/krotitel

Jan Hartl

učitel kreslení/hasič/sadař/zřízenec cirkusu

Jiří Zahajský

opravář Rudolf Meisner

Jana Brejchová

Markétina matka

Jana Preissová

pradlena Lorencová, Tomášova matka

Karel Augusta

rakvář

František Husák

lakýrník

Boris Hybner

pierot

Vlastimil Hašek

holič Gustav Hrdlička/silueta strýce

Jiří Krytinář

lilipután

Zdeněk Jílek

učitel hudby

Tomáš Tintěra

školník

Markéta Hrubešová

zrzavá holčička

Jiří Leitgeb

livrejovaný kočí

Miroslav Novotný

šprt Ládecký

Antonín Smolík

vrátný

Daniela Vacková

slečna Máňa

Miloslav Štibich

zřízenec v parku

Pavel Klikar

hudebník/silueta dirigenta

Jan Burle

hudebník

Ondřej Ernyei

hudebník

Michal Hejna

hudebník

Zbyněk Malý

hudebník

Milan Pěkný

hudebník

Jan Štolba

hudebník

Tomáš Velínský

hudebník

Luděk Říman

silák

Václav Tytl

zřízenec

Gabriela Vozková

dubl za Sylvu

Dubbing

Mirko Musil

hlas učitele hudby

Crew and creators

Director

Ota Koval

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Zelenka, Tomáš Tintěra

Assistant Director

František Nejedlý, Jarmila Kovtanová

Based on

Béla Balázs (Opravdový blankyt /Az igazi égszínkék/ – pohádka)

Screenplay

Josef Hanzlík

Shooting Script

Ota Koval

Script Editor

Pavla Frýdlová

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Miroslav Buberle, Vladimír Ježek, Žák Jiří (2), Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Venclíková, Milan Štěch

Unit Production Manager

Zdeněk Podhola, Irena Sedláčková, Vítězslava Marčíková

Cooperation

Lenka Mojžíšová, Ruth Kubalíková, Václav Litoš, Miloš Schmiedberger (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Selected Music

Leoš Janáček (Sinfonietta)

Music Performed by

FISYO, Nora Grumlíková

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Mně darovalo děvčátko prstýnek, Chlupatý kaktus, Pletla kytku v rozmarýnku

Songwriter

E. F. Burian (Chlupatý kaktus), lidová píseň (Pletla kytku v rozmarýnku)

Writer of Lyrics

Josef Gruss (Chlupatý kaktus)

Singer

Jiří Zahajský (Mně darovalo děvčátko prstýnek), E. F. Burian (Chlupatý kaktus), dívčí sbor (Pletla kytku v rozmarýnku)

Production info

Original Title

Modré z nebe

English Title

Blue Gift from Heaven

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Premiere

01.02.1984

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Versions

Czech