Story about the Fiery Tonička

short-story, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Příběh ohnivé Toničky

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Kubišta

Screenplay

Jan Kubišta, Milan Ležák

Synopsis

The thirty-year old Tonička works in the mine at the tipping machine. She suffers from a complex because she was born with venual malformations, colloquially called a port-wine stain, on her chest and neck. She lives with her married sister and lovingly cares for her two children. At a party, the quite handsome but eternally drunk miner Franta Placák notices Tonička. They spend the night together. Tonička falls in love with him and begins to look him up. Franta sleeps with her, but he does not acknowledge her when sober; once, when drunk in his one-room flat, he even offers her to his companion Lojza. Tonička runs away and publicly slaps him across the face the next day. She finds herself pregnant and fears that the child might inherit her handicap. A doctor talks her out of her worries. Franta coarsely refuses to take care of the mother of his future offspring. Tonička finds care and a home with Miška Preslová who herself cannot have children. Placák, who begins to creep into her favour out of the blue, is refused although he promises to go for anti-alcoholic therapy. Tonička delivers a healthy boy after some time and leaves with him to the countryside to her brother's where she is promised a job in the local gardening centre after her maternity leave.

Cast

Zuzana Bydžovská

Tonička Eisenhamrová

Růžena Rudnická

Jiřina, Toniččina sestra

Radan Rusev

Toniččin bratr

Karel Knechtl

Luděk, Toniččin švagr

Miroslav Donutil

Franta Placák

Johanna Tesařová

Miška Preslová

Ondřej Vetchý

štajgr Ondřej

Ivan Gübel

Melichar, Toniččin kamarád

Eduard Cupák

hlavní inženýr Tomanec

Igor Smržík

horník

Milan Duchek

horník

Jiří Schmiedt

horník

Pavel Jiras

vazoun

Jiří Novotný

starý štajgr

Jana Altmannová

hostitelka

Helena Bartlová

rozložitá dělnice

Hana Militká

dělnice

Karel Smrž

manžel s harmonikou

Jan Novotný

rentgenolog

Jan Kuželka

instalatér

Michal Dlouhý

výrostek u hřiště

Vítězslav Jirsák

drobný manžel

Jindřich Hinke

lékař v laboratoři

Milan Klacek

starší lékař

Miroslav Lochman

kluk

Míla Šulc

starší fanoušek

Viktor Nejedlý

vrátný v nemocnici

František Stupka

dubl za Donutila

Jaroslav Tomsa

dubl za Donutila

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Kubišta

Second Unit Director

Robert Vacík, Pavel Dvorský

Assistant Director

Eva Kolářová, Renata Čihulková

Based on

František Stavinoha (Figurky ze šmantů – kniha povídek)

Shooting Script

Jan Kubišta

Second Unit Photography

Roman Pavlíček

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Adam Kajzar

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Jana Koubová, Antonín Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Luboš Čížek, Gabriela Kerekešová

Consultant

František Bártík, Boris Purkyt

Cooperation

Olga Rosenfelderová, Alena Kravková, Václav Litoš, Zuzana Čvančarová, František Vláčil ml., Irena Strachová

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Kolafa

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Příběh ohnivé Toničky

English Title

Story about the Fiery Tonička

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Technical info

Versions

Czech