The Lost Orienteer

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Bloudění orientačního běžce

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

01.08.1986

Language version

Czech

Director

Julius Matula

Screenplay

Miroslav Sovják, Julius Matula

Screenstory

Miroslav Sovják

Summary

Radek, a 14-year old outsider nicknamed Bidlo, is the main character of this comedy for young people directed by Július Matula on the occasion of the 1985 Spartakiad (one of the celebratory mass gymnastic events organised at the instigation of the communist regime). Very much a clumsy beanpole, and so not chosen to be one of the Spartakiad performers, Radek decides to try to impress a classmate he fancies by taking up orienteering. But while doing so, he meets a more sympathetic girl, thanks to whom he comes to understand the world. In this light picture, made upon state orders, the non-actor Filip Toušek impressed audiences by taking on his role with a congenial commitment. Matula later returned to the sports theme with his film Stupně poražených (The Loser’s Rostrum, 1988) which focuses on professional pentathlon.

Synopsis

The fourteen-year old Radek Chaloupka is thin and more than lanky. He is physically weak and clumsy. Although studying with distinction, he tries to avoid physical training – he does not even get on the Spartakiad short-list. For the Spartakiad's sake, the boys participate in an orienteering run, but Radek does not finish the race due to his weakness. The boy feels he should do something about himself, because now everybody laughs at him and at his nickname Beanpole. He takes pot luck with the firemen, but there he fails too and is not nominated to the firemen's championship. The failure prompts him to change his life. He gets dumbbells and begins to exercise and jog, being helped by a wooer of his sister Kamila. And also by Vlasta whom he meets when he tries to run up a high hill, his latest goal. Vlasta invites him to attend an orienteering club. In the first race, Radek runs with Petr. They get lost together, but Radek eventually finds the right direction. On the way, they find Vlasta with her ankle hurt. Petr runs on, but Radek takes Vlasta on his back to the first aid station. Although he does not win anything in the race, he receives the fair-play award. Radek and Vlasta accompany the gymnasts to the Spartakiad. At that point, Radek is certain that he has fallen in love with the girl. At the moment when the TV broadcasts the Spartakiad live from Prague, Radek first conquers the top of the hill. His wandering is over.

Note

The music for the film was originally composed by Dežo Ursiny, but it reportedly was too gloomy and melancholic. The new music accompaniment was thus cimmissioned from Jaroslav Uhlíř.

Cast

Filip Toušek

Radek Chaloupka zvaný Bidlo

Juraj Matula

Petr Macháček

Vladimíra Nejepsová

Svatka Kahovcová

Olga Draxlerová

Jiřina

Filip Menzel

Mirek Hanousek

Martin Pánek

Jirka

Daniel Pick

Venca

Igor Matula

Pavel

Jan Toušek

Chaloupka

Hana Pastejříková

Chaloupková

Ivana Chýlková

prodavačka Kamila, Radkova sestra

Daniel Rous

Vašek, Kamilin přítel

Dana Nováková

tělocvikářka Dana

Alexej Pyško

trenér Mrázek zvaný Anténa

Jana Březinová

třídní učitelka

Miroslav Masopust

pojišťovák Hanousek, Mirkův otec

Josef Velda

lékař

Zuzana Schmidová

průvodčí vlaku

Karel Tejkal

trenér běžců

Dušan Vacek

Hubáček

Renáta Hudrlíková

Alena

Lenka Hybšová

Michala

Adolf Böhm

učitel dílen

Miroslav Sovják

páter, hráč kuželek

Karel Smrž

stařík

Jiří Havel

pořadatel

Bohumil Koška

pořadatel

Miloslav Šindler

pořadatel

Jan Okrouhlík

pořadatel/spolucestující

Karel Vávra

ředitel školy

Oldřich Nový (2)

požárník Kalus

Jaroslav Kynkal

požárník

Jakub Ali

Bečvář

Petr Mojha

Flídr

Jiří Procházka (4)

Čech

Ondřej Valenta

Dušek

Pavel Veselý (2)

Tichý

Ladislav Vodenka

Kliman

Jaroslav Votava

Dvořák

Richard Žižka

Macháček

Ladislav Chroust

spolucestující

Zdeněk Srstka

kaskadér

Jaroslav Šanda

kaskadér

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Loučím

Assistant Director

Jiří Hruška, Marie Beránková

Screenstory

Miroslav Sovják

Shooting Script

Julius Matula, Jiří Sovják

Script Editor

Kristián Suda

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust

Production Designer

Ludvík Široký

Set Designer

Milan Bábik, Jiří Matějka, Eva Slívová, Milan Tahotný

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Jan Syrový

Unit Production Manager

Jana Hauserová, Helena Landovská, Lev Veltrubský

Consultant

Karel Tejkal

Cooperation

Ivana Vlčková, Alena Chvojková, Marta Borowiecová, Magda Hájková, Jaroslav Řeřicha, Jaroslav Trousil

Music

Music Composed by

Jaroslav Uhlíř

Music Performed by

FISYO, skupina Prototyp

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Svět je tajuplné rozcestí, Pábitelé, Červenám, Poupata, Kuře na grilu, V rychtárovej studni, Učitelka tanca

Songwriter

Jaroslav Uhlíř (Svět je tajuplné rozcestí), Ladislav Štaidl (Pábitelé), Pavel Vaculík (Červenám), František Janeček (Poupata), Ivo Pavlík (Kuře na grilu), lidová píseň (V rychtárovej studni), Pavol Hammel (Učitelka tanca)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta (Svět je tajuplné rozcestí), Boris Janíček (Pábitelé), Jan Krůta (Červenám), Jaroslav Machek (Poupata), Jan Krůta (Kuře na grilu)

Singer

Dalibor Janda (Svět je tajuplné rozcestí), Karel Gott (Pábitelé), Iveta Bartošová (Červenám), Petr Sepéši (Červenám), Michal David (Poupata), Heidi Janků (Kuře na grilu), ženský hlas (V rychtárovej studni)

Production info

Original Title

Bloudění orientačního běžce

English Title

The Lost Orienteer

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Premiere

01.08.1986

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 25. festival českých a slovenských filmů Bratislava

1987
Bratislava / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 18. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1986
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Filip Toušek

Vítěz

Exhibition: 18. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1986
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Alena Knotková

Vítěz

Festival: 26. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1986
Zlín / Czechoslovakia