Accident

psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Havárie

Runtime

92 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1985

Production year

1985

Premiere

01.09.1986

Language version

Czech

Director

Antonín Kopřiva

Summary

This 1985 film, directed by Antonín Kopřiva and based on a novel by Litvínov native Jiří Švejda, is about a normal, conscientious and decent man who due to his personal ambitions finds himself on a slippery slope. Demolition blaster Kamil Coufal (Petr Pospíchal) accepts an opportunity to make some money on the side as he longs to finally realise his dream of buying a weekend cottage. He gets increasingly entangled in petty thefts and illicit dealings, thus not only putting his work but also the – relative – stability of his marriage at stake… Petr Novotný wrote the screenplay with a very sensitive understanding of Švejda’s novel. The impossibility of personal self-fulfilment so typical of that period, as well as the bleakness of the devastated North Bohemian landscape, thus seep into this classic morality tale. Attesting to the powerfulness of this bleakly melancholic account are also the fact that the communist regime’s censors interfered with the film’s final appearance and the reality that director Kopřiva was not given a chance to work again until the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Synopsis

The shot-firer, Kamil Coufal, prepares an extensive demolition of a building in a chemical factory in Northern Bohemia. Coufal is a successful and respected expert. He becomes obsessed with the purchase of a cottage, called White Seclusion, where the old woodcarver Vodrlík lives. Coufal's marriage is in slight trouble. Kamil is perhaps rightly jealous of his wife, Zdena, a operation-room nurse at the policlinic, who used to have night duties with doctor Kraus, who is openly courting her. The Coufals love their daughter, who has some health problems. Coufal refuses to use the entire floor of his parents' house for holiday. Zdena gets along with his parents better then him. Zdena also likes the cottage, White Seclusion, but she does not know how to get money for it, although Kamil has a high salary. Coufal's former schoolmate, Šepka, a wine-house manager, lets him earn the necessary money. As years ago, Kamil can play piano in the evening in his wine-restaurant. In return, Kamil has to install water and floor heating in the cottage. Kamil provides the material. The woodcarver Vodrlík, refuses to sell his cottage, but Šepka knows it in fact belongs to his son and he promises Kamil to arrange the purchase. Kamil takes a holiday and all day long he sweats at the Šepka's cottage. In reality, Šepka wants to sell this cottage and get While Seclusion for himself. He perverts Coufal's desire for White Seclusion, and asks him to blast the earth off for the construction of a swimming pool. Kamil's obsession is stronger then his reason and he steals high explosive from work and excavates the pit by detonation. He is already very exhausted and neglects his duties at work. A detonation in the chemical factory ends up with an accident and fire. Kamil is arrested by the police. Zdena visits him after the arrest. The wine restaurant manager gives him just the advancement for the work Kamil has done at his cottage, which Kamil sent to Vodrlík' s son. It is the wine restaurant manager who becomes the new owner of White Seclusion. Kamil can't even take him to court, as he arranged everything unofficially. Doctor Kraus would like to profit from this situation, but Zdena refuses him. Kamil is released from custody after two days. At night he unsuccessfully tries to attack Šepka in front of the wine restaurant. Zdena and Kamil are sitting in the house on the stairs. The sleepy daughter, Ditka, has made them come back home.

Cast

Petr Pospíchal

střelmistr Kamil Coufal

Jana Paulová

instrumentářka Zdena, Coufalova žena

Vítězslav Jandák

vedoucí vinárny Petr Šepka

Zdeňka Sajfertová

Regina, Šepkova žena

Oldřich Navrátil

střelmistr Radek Musil

Ladislav Trojan

střelmistr Chlouba

Ondřej Vetchý

střelmistr Ctibor

Dalimil Klapka

inženýr Pecháček

Oldřich Velen

ředitel Rameš

Jan Pohan

Jan Coufal, Kamilův otec

Věra Galatíková

Kamilova matka

Jiří Němeček

děda řezbář Vodrlík

Magda Reifová

sekretářka Milada Kadlecová

Pavel Pípal

Vodrlíkův syn

Jan Přeučil

MUDr. Pavel Kraus, Zdenin šéf

Eugen Jegorov

kapelník Pešl

Světlana Nálepková

zpěvačka ve vinárně

Lucie Ječná

Ditka, dcera Coufalových

Mirko Musil

inženýr z chemičky

Jiří Bruder

inženýr z chemičky

Zdeněk Košata

řidič odtahovky

Petr Bucháček

mladý funkcionář

Petr Drholec

rotný VB

František Grabinger

důchodce

Ladislav Hádl

důchodce

Bohumír Haas

pyrotechnik

Vítězslav Jungmann

pyrotechnik

Petr Kracík

pyrotechnik

Jiří Klem

kapitán VB

Petr Makovička

vyšetřovatel VB

Rudolf Pellar

skladník

Dana Syslová

učitelka Dana

Zdeněk Srstka

řidič nákladního auta

Ondřej Mikšíček

Šepkův syn

Petr Mikšíček

Šepkův syn

Eva Trunečková

Šepkova matka

Ondřej Ernyei

hudebník

Karel Vejvoda

hudebník

Hana Forejtová

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Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Petr Makovička

Assistant Director

Markéta Jiroušková, Ivana Malíková

Based on

Jiří Švejda (Havárie – román)

Screenplay

Petr Novotný

Shooting Script

Antonín Kopřiva

Script Editor

Pavel Hajný

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Ivan Břešťák, Miloš Osvald, Ladislav Rada

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Jan Svoboda

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal

Unit Production Manager

Zuzana Kovaříková, Daniela Jenčíková, Hana Štefanová

Unit Production Manager

Karel Hrdý

Consultant

Oldřich Vašek, Ing. Ivan Havel, Bohumír Haas

Cooperation

Dana Šomková, Michal Krška, Jiří Berger, Miroslav Jirsa

Music

Music Composed by

Miki Jelínek, Karel Vejvoda

Music Performed by

skupina Golem

Songs

Černá voda, When the Saints Go Marching In

Songwriter

Miki Jelínek (Černá voda), tradicionál (When the Saints Go Marching In)

Writer of Lyrics

Josef Kainar (Černá voda)

Singer

Světlana Nálepková (Černá voda), Světlana Nálepková (When the Saints Go Marching In)

Production info

Original Title

Havárie

English Title

Accident

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1985

Production Year

1985

Premiere

01.09.1986

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

92 min

Versions

Czech