Eclipse of the Sun

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1984

Runtime

20 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Zatmění slunce

Czech title

Zatmění slunce

English title

Eclipse of the Sun

Synopsis

A young man, Petr, breeds pigeons in the backyard of an old block of flats in the Prague neighbourhood of Žižkov. He knows that the houses will soon be demolished to make way for new constructions. A pretty girl called Valérie watches Petr through her window. She is cared for by her solicitous parents whom she asks to buy her a nice dress. Valérie writes to her friend Šárka, staying in a boarding house, about everything she experiences. Her mother is afraid for her – the girl was severely ill and is now undergoing a one-month convalescence after suffering from a double pneumonia. Petr notices her and invites her for a date. But Valérie can only move in a wheelchair because she is partially paralysed. The young man visits her at home, but her condition does not discourage him and he takes her to a park. The two watch the eclipse of the sun through smoked glass. The parents try to talk Valérie out of her enchantment, telling her that Petr certainly will not be interested in caring for an invalid girlfriend in the future. The sad Valérie returns to the boarding house. Petr, however, finds her there and brings his pigeons in a cage. They will be the carriers of their letters.

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Richard Špůr

Second Unit Photography

Bojan Bazeli

Camera Operator

Vuk Dapčević

Film Editor

Igor Spasov

Sound Designer

Josef Hubka

Production

Alena Schönbachová

Production Manager

Jana Mašíková

Pedagogical management

Antonín Kachlík (režie), Jan Kališ (kamera), Alois Fišárek (střih), Hana Bezrouková

Production info

Original Title

Zatmění slunce

Czech Title

Zatmění slunce

English Title

Eclipse of the Sun

Category

film

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1984

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

20 min

Original length in metres

573 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech