You’re Card-Sharper

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

1 September 1987

Runtime

77 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Jsi falešný hráč

Czech title

Jsi falešný hráč

English title

You’re Card-Sharper

Summary

After his fairytale-themed film debut Čarovné dědictví (Enchanted Heritage, 1985) writer-director Zdeněk Zelenka turned to the subject of adolescent growing pains in his next film Jsi falešný hráč (You're Card-Sharper). The main protagonists of this 1986 film are two young school friends on the cusp of adulthood, whose time together serves as an escape from troubled family lives. Gifted Adam Martínek is battling with a distant and ambitious mother, while Dušan Petera is suffering from the effects of having an alcoholic father. The friends manage to make money thanks to a band set up at the local people’s art school, in which Adam plays trumpet. But the tight-knit friendship soon begins to unravel. Non-actors Roland Samek (Dušan) and Filip Mourel (Adam) take the lead roles. The effectiveness of this story of rural youngsters is assisted by its adult cast – Ladislav Mrkvička and Daniela Kolářová in the roles of Dušan’s parents, and Iva Janžurová as a local and understanding class teacher.

Synopsis

Adam Martínek plays a trumpet in the music school group. His best friend is Dušan Peter. When their parents are quarrelling, the boys sometimes overnight with each other. Peter's father began to drink because his wife is unfaithful to him. Adam is escaping from her cold and ambitious mother. The class teacher is taking them regularly to school by car. She does not understand why the talented Adam failed the entrance exams to grammar school. When Dušan's father is drunk, he breaks the music instruments of the musicians in the pub and they cannot play at a golden wedding. Adam persuades his group to play there because of Dušan. For this performance the boys get money. They like it and they choose Dušan as a manager and a cashier. Adam becomes jealous of Dušan, and their friendship gets a first crack, which gets bigger by mutual mistrust. Adam said to Dušan, that he failed the entrance exams to the grammar school to spite his mother. Dušan breaks the given promise and tells the reason of Adam's failure to the teacher. They also become rivals when they both like the same girl. The group of boys plays at a wedding during a time when they have classes. The teacher comes to pick them up there and Adam suspects Dušan of a betrayal. The boys fight and Adam writes to Dušan that his mother is leaving the family because of another man. Peter boozes away the money which belonged to the group. The group harshly wants the money back. Adam advocates him, but despite of that the boys don't reconcile. Adam admits to Dušan that he failed the exams because of examination fever. When he is supposed to go with his mother to the school appeal commission, Adam unhappily tears his trousers. Dušan wants to help him, but they don't manage to mend the trousers. However he releases him from the examination fever. He calls it an unnecessary fear from his mother. The boys are friends again and their nice teacher supports them.

Note

František Palka is the author of the Valachian motifs on the walls of the restaurant Valašský šenk (Valachian taproom) in Vizovice.

Cast

Roland Samek

Voice by Michal Dlouhý
Dušan Petera

Filip Moural

Voice by Petr Strnad
trumpetista Adam Martínek

Iva Janžurová

třídní učitelka Jarmilka Tauferová

Daniela Kolářová

zdravotní sestra Peterová, Dušanova matka

Ladislav Mrkvička

Petera, Dušanův otec

Evelyna Steimarová

Dana Martínková, Adamova matka

Petr Popelka

Martínek, Adamův otec

Petr Valík

Voice by Radek Pechlát
Zbyněk

Matěj Vondrejs

Emil

David Jančík

Voice by Petr Šimák
Filip

Tomáš Kristek

Voice by Filip Čáp
Ondra

Jiří Knotek (2)

Voice by David Novotný
David

Michaela Mikulášová

Simona Jiroušková

Vlasta Fialová

ředitelka školy

Václav Babka

kapelník

Luděk Kopřiva

Burda, hráč na basu

Lubomír Lipský

vlezlý host v restauraci

Karel Vochoč

Voice by Dalimil Klapka
výpravčí

Filip Renč

novomanžel

Ľudovít Kroner

ženich na zlaté svatbě, Burdův otec

Jaroslav Tomsa

rváč-klarinetista

Jiří Tomek

zástupce ředitelky

Josef Kubíček

číšník

Jaroslav Dufek

otec na svatbě

Steva Maršálek

mistr v lese, Peterův šéf

Eva Vidlařová

Voice by Zdeňka Sajfertová
vrchní sestra

Zbyněk Honzík

Simonin přítel

Vladuna Polanská

Voice by Hana Talpová
přísná učitelka

Miroslava Kolářová

Voice by Gabriela Osvaldová
zdravotní sestra

Monika Svobodová

zdravotní sestra

Ivana Valová

zdravotní sestra

Jaroslav Kyncl

Voice by Karel Urbánek
strojvůdce motorového vlaku

David Vaněk

hráč dechovky LŠU

Zdeněk Chudožilov

hráč dechovky LŠU

Dalibor Kozmík

hráč dechovky LŠU

Jan Seifert

hráč dechovky LŠU

Pavel Dvořák (4)

hráč dechovky LŠU

Josef Konečný

hráč dechovky LŠU

Rudolf Bečica

hráč dechovky LŠU

Jiří Žurek

hráč dechovky LŠU

Radek Gajdošík

hráč dechovky LŠU

Robert Dlesk

hráč dechovky LŠU

Dan Rafaj

hráč dechovky LŠU

Ivo Thurner

hráč dechovky LŠU

Jiří Kadlčák

hráč dechovky LŠU

Robert Nešpor

hráč dechovky LŠU

Marie Komňacká

žačka Brudňáková

Vlasta Mecnarowská

Voice by Lena Birková
korepetitorka

Věra Nováková

Voice by Jindra Kvardová
stará Burdová

Miroslav Bezdíček

stařeček

Milada Kuncová

paní výpravčí

Miloš Vosmanský

Voice by Tomáš Jančařík
svatebčan

Jiří Kraus

muž ve rvačce

František Stupka

muž ve rvačce

Karel Engel

muž ve rvačce

Jaroslav Šanda

muž ve rvačce

Jaroslav Tomsa

muž ve rvačce

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Urban

Assistant Director

Pavel Nášel, Filip Renč

Screenstory

Zdeněk Zelenka

Screenplay

Zdeněk Zelenka

Dramaturg

Jan Gogola

Director of Photography

Jiří Kolín

Second Unit Photography

Sead Muhtarević

Camera Operator

Miloš Mališka

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Assistent Production Designer

Josef Havlíček

Art Director

František Palka

Set Designer

Josef Vojtášek, Jiří Balga

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Petr Sitár

Assistant Film Editor

Růžena Hejsková

Sound Designer

Josef Javořík, František Fabián, Jitka Zvirocká (zvukové efekty)

Assistant Sound Designer

Ladislav Procházka

Titles Designed by

Zdena Bláhová

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Zemanec, Věra Kopecká

Unit Production Manager

Milan Sedláček

Consultant

Jaroslav Bílý

Cooperation

Hana Daňková (klapka), Otto Kamenský (fotograf), Zdeněk Skaunic

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří F. Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Songs

When the Saints Go Marching In

Song Composer tradicionál

Kdyby byl Bavorov

Song Composer lidová píseň

Co je to

Song Composer Jiří F. Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Naďa Urbánková
Singer Naďa Urbánková

My jsme Valaši

Song Composer lidová píseň
Singer dětský sbor

Nepudeme domů až ráno

Singer sbor

Na hradě Okoři

Singer sbor

Co jste, hasiči

Song Composer lidová píseň
Singer sbor

Santa Lucia

Song Composer Teodoro Cottrau
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Ladislav MrkvičkaRoland Samek [dab]Michal Dlouhý

Děvčátko

Singer sbor

Ešče si zazpívám

Song Composer lidová píseň
Singer dívčí sbor

Přeštické panenky

Song Composer lidová píseň
Singer dívčí sbor

Production info

Original Title

Jsi falešný hráč

Czech Title

Jsi falešný hráč

English Title

You’re Card-Sharper

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Production specifications

withdrawal from distribution 31 December 1992

Premiere

premiere 1 September 1987 /suitable for youths/

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

77 min

Original length in metres

2 200 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 19. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1987
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Zdeněk Zelenka