Everybody Has Talents

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1983—1984

Premiere

1 January 1985

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Všichni mají talent

Czech title

Všichni mají talent

English title

Everybody Has Talents

Working title

David

Summary

For a group of children from a folklore ensemble, singing regional songs from Valašsko (Moravian Wallachia) provides plenty of fun – but only until the group is faced with a challenging stint at a music festival in Paris. The children’s parents erupt in fits of competitive jealousy, which transmits to the youngsters too. A local music teacher brought in to prepare the children for their trip abroad brings additional chaos. The choirmaster, Standa Juráň, can only watch as years of tireless efforts begin to unravel... Co-writer and director Zdeňek Flídr was 34 at the time of this 1984 feature-film debut, but excels in elevating the source material. Actor Jiří Schmitzer offers a strong performance as Juráň. However, attempts to imbue authenticity into the piece are somewhat undermined by the character of his 14-year-old son David, played by 18-year-old actor Marek Haman.

Synopsis

Standa Juráň is the head of the Valachian children's folklore ensemble named Palášek. He devotes most of his leisure time to the children but his wife fortunately is very understanding. Their fourteen-year old son David is the first violinist in a children's cimbalo group. Playing the violin, he leers at the pretty dancer Renata. Juráň is strict during the rehearsals but he nevertheless prefers enjoying spontaneous music and dance from drill. The ensemble performs at the baby citizens' welcoming ceremonies and in retirement homes. Vašica, the new director of the Community Centre, blames Juráň for not making the ensemble visible enough. The children go for trips, trying to get old folk songs from all those who remember in the villages. When an old man sees an authentic interest, he sings an almost unknown song and Juráň records it. David is jealous of Renata's dance partner, Jožka. Vašica brings Patrik, the son of a regional functionary, to the ensemble. Juráň does not want to accept him – and moreover, the new recruitment is as late as September – but the director orders it because rumours began to spread that the ensemble will go to a folk festival being held in Paris. Juráň knows nothing about it, but people become interested in the ensemble. The director brings over a regional methodologist Bartošová to increase the ensemble's quality. Bartošová introduces an utterly new regime. She breaks up the established pairs and makes the children train rhythmical drumming almost till they drop. But everybody is trying hard anyway because only the best ones will go to France. Renata has no time for David; she has just enrolled in French lessons. The boys peer at the girls in a dressing room through a key hole but their mischief is discovered. The methodologist hires a new costume designer who takes measurements for new folk costumes. It is Easter and the boys only succeed in their carolling in the retirement home. The old woman Jarabová gives them a ribbon, with which she used to tie her son's letters sent from Australia, for their Easter birch rod. The schoolmates are a bit envious of the children from the ensemble and do not conceal it. The teachers do not accept the rehearsals as an excuse for the pupils who have bad results. The boys must get a haircut. At the hairdresser's, they give priority to each other until only Patrik gets a trim. The children sing at the funeral of the old woman Jarabová. David leaves the ensemble after ha ving a quarrel with the methodologist Bartošová. No one joins him because the desire to go abroad prevails. Juráň asks his friend Igor, who has influential contacts, to ask about their tour abroad. David returns to the ensemble after some time. The ensemble goes to the village of Strážnice to perform at the famous local folk festival. They have stage fright and do not feel good in their new costumes. The future representatives of Czech folklore are filmed by a television crew. David, however, overhears a discussion between his father and Igor and grasps that the ensemble's tour was probably just a rumour. As soon as the news spreads, the TV crew loses all interest, and the same is with Vašica and Bartošová. But the childrens' disappointment does not last long – they soon prefer to have a dance together, just for joy.

Cast

Jiří Schmitzer

vedoucí souboru Standa Juráň

Kamila Magálová

Dubbing Milena Dvorská
Věra, Juráňova žena

Marek Haman

primáš dětské cimbálové muziky David, syn Juráňových

Michaela Dvořáčková

Renata

Svatopluk Matyáš

ředitel Kulturního domu Jan Vašica

Zdena Hadrbolcová

metodička Ing. Květa Bartošová

Jiří Kodeš

Igor, Standův kamarád

Soňa Dvořáková

Igorova žena

Milan Vágner

funkcionář Frňka

Jan Vokurka

Patrik, Frňkův syn

Oldřich Vlach

Renatin otec

Jana Tomečková

Renatina matka

Josef Koňařík

Jožka Kubica

Nina Divíšková

vedoucí Domova důchodců

Miloslav Štibich

vedoucí holičství

Blažena Šuláková

stařenka Jařabová

Ladislav Kolář

Dubbing Jan Pohan
tělocvikář

Karel Červený

Dubbing David Prachař
Miki, vedoucí jazzbaletu

Marcela Hynčicová

matka Martiny

Alena Bělská

kostymérka Jelínková

Dita Pliskvová

Irena

Karolína Pliskvová

Karolína

Petr Nekuža

Vlastík Maděrič, malý tanečník

Bohdana Doleželová

Lenka Buchtová, vysoká tanečnice

Miroslav Trepeš

Mirek

Martina Králíková

Martina

Roman Rýdel

Roman

Iveta Uhlířová

Iveta

Antonín Šulc

Tonda

Gabriela Galetková

Zuzana, Igorova dcera

Eva Babovcová

Eva

Roman Čáp

Pavel

Miroslava Kolářová

Dubbing Jana Andresíková
třídní učitelka

Bruno Jelínek

Vašek

Marek Mička

Janek Volčík

Igor Košut

Igor

Lenka Kinclová

Marta

Antonín Juřeník

Vacek

Radim Křenek

Radim

Josef Kretík

stařeček Macháň

F. Kretíková

stařenka Macháňová

O. Králík

hlavní pořadatel

Hana Machálková

Hanka

Jiří Starý

Jiří

Petr Slovák

druhý Petr

Lenka Motyčková

Alena

Jiří Souček

Karel

Jarmila Veselá (2)

Mirka

Alexandra Zouharová

Eliška

Emil Sirotek

kameraman

Karel Semerád

muž v trenýrkách

Luděk Tomeček

soubor Podlužánek Prušánky

hraje a zpívá

soubor Hradišťánek Uherského Hradiště

hraje a zpívá

soubor Javorníček Brno

hraje, zpívá a tančí

soubor Malá Jasénka Vsetín

hraje, zpívá a tančí

soubor Podskaláček z Rožnova pod Radhoštěm

hraje, zpívá a tančí

soubor Lidová škola umění z Malenovic

hraje, zpívá a tančí

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislava Hutková, Josef Jarolímek

Assistant Director

Jiří Novotný (2), Jarmila Čajová

Screenstory

Miroslav Sovják

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Flídr

Script Editor

Pavla Frýdlová

Director of Photography

Ota Kopřiva

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Tomáš Hampl

Production Designer

Boris Halmi

Set Designer

Vladimír Ježek, Karel Plaňanský, Miloslav Dvořák

Costume Designer

Šárka Váchová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Milan Futera, Luboš Vála

Unit Production Manager

Bohumil Vlach

Consultant

PhDr. Jindřich Pecka

Cooperation

Veronika Pollertová, Jiří Kučera, Jindřich Kočí, Zdeněk Suchý, Václav Litoš, Věra Flaková

Music

Music Composed by

Jaroslav Krček

Music Performed by

Musica Bohemica (Music Conducted by Jaroslav Krček), Cimbálová dětská muzika Kašava Gottwaldov

Choreographer

Alena Skálová

Songs

Proč proč, protože je ryba ryba

Songwriter Jiří Schmitzer
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Schmitzer
Singer Jiří Schmitzersbor

Oči, očka, černé očka

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Michaela Dvořáčková

Aj, cos porobil, Jánošku

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Marek HamanJiří Schmitzer

Žalovál sa pták ptákovi

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Josef Kretík [dab]Jiří Ica Pospíšil

Dyž jsem šel z Mlacovy

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer sbor

Hnalo děvče krávy z Uher do Moravy

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Martina KrálíkováFrantišek KoňaříkKarolína Pliskvová

Letěla husička, letěla z vysoka

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Blažena ŠulákováMichaela Dvořáčková

Production info

Original Title

Všichni mají talent

Czech Title

Všichni mají talent

English Title

Everybody Has Talents

Working Title

David

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1983—1984

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 2 February 1983
start of filming 2 May 1983
technical Screenplay approved 29 June 1983
end of filming 23 February 1984
projection approval 4 May 1984

Premiere

premiere 1 January 1985

Creative Group

Václav Erben

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 524 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 20. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1986
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 25. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1985
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

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

1984
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia