The Sea Starts outside the Village

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Premiere

1 September 1988

Runtime

78 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Moře začíná za vsí

Czech title

Moře začíná za vsí

English title

The Sea Starts outside the Village

Working Title

Hodný chlapeček

Summary

After his intriguing film about a children’s choir, Všichni mají talent (Everybody Has Talents, 1984), Zdeněk Flídr went on to direct Moře začíná za vsí (Sea Starts Outside the Village, 1988), a family film about a gang of village boys who during their summer holiday dream of a real seafaring adventure. Eight year-old Jakub and his friends also accept a Slovak girl called Katarína into their scheme. Their approach is methodical and they even hoard food as part of the preparations. However, new obstacles emerge which could obstruct their plan to embark on 1 August… Based on a story by Irena Dobrovolná, the film is a relaxing slice of entertainment. Flídr relies on the fresh charm of amateur child actors in the main roles, while most of the adult parts in this undemanding film are played by reliable professionals. The rabbit keeper is portrayed by Jiří Schmitzer, who played the role of the choirmaster in the director’s earlier film.

Synopsis

A village gang of boys, headed by the eight-year old Jakub, has its "headquarters" in a cave in an old quarry. Here, the boys are getting ready to fulfill their dream - going to the seaside. But it will not be simple to realize because their preparations are interrupted by various events as well as parents. The worst disaster is caused by one of them, Bohouš, who is caught stealing food from a pantry at home and, while being questioned, betrays everything about the gang and its hiding place to his father. The father gets their camp destroyed and the boys exclude Bohouš for his betrayal. Jakub pushes through a girl Katka from Bratislava to become a member of the gang. Bohouš wants to reconcile with the boys and he and Honzík therefore try to find a new hideaway. Bohouš also offers the boys some valuable sea gear while in a field where they are picking corn. But Jakub is incorruptible. In the evening, the field catches on fire. The firemen find Jakub's knife there. Jakub takes the blame. But the one who struck the match was actually Bohouš and he confesses. The fathers take the two boys to the police. Subsequent expertise, however, proves a different cause of the fire. The children eventually reconcile and postpone their grandiose trip to the sea to the next holidays.

Cast

Filip Novotný

kapitán Jakub Horák

Pavel Špachman

první důstojník Bohouš

Katarína Hazuchová

Katka Bártková

Ondřej Veselý

kormidelník Pepa

Tomáš Baťha

druhý důstojník Tomáš

Jan Olšakovský

plavčík Rosťa zvaný Pupák

Kryštof Ungrád

Honzík

Jiří Schmitzer

chovatel králíků Láďa Nový, Honzíkův otec

Markéta Světlíková

Nová, Honzíkova matka

Jan Hrušínský

Vašek, Jakubův otec

Dana Bartůňková

Jakubova matka

Zdeněk Mucha

Bohoušův otec

Marta Hrachovinová

Bohoušova matka

Oldřich Vlach

okrskář VB

Jaroslav Urban

krmič Hlaváček

Božena Lukešová

Kadlecová, Katčina babička

Kateřina Malá

Zuzanka, Jakubova sestra

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Eva Kadaňková

Assistant Director

Josef Basakin, Kateřina Pavelková

Script Editor

Miloš Cajthaml

Camera Operator

Ivan Šimůnek

Production Designer

Ludvík Široký

Set Designer

Ivan Břešťák, Jan Hodný, Karel Kočí

Costume Designer

Šárka Váchová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Production Manager

Miroslav Smrček

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Benešová Jarmila (2)

Unit Production Manager

Karel Lupoměský, Antonín Říha, Petr Jahn, Hana Svěráková

Consultant

Karel Čepička, PhDr. Jindřich Pecka

Cooperation

Marcela Bernardová, Eva Horázná, Růžena Hejsková, Jaroslav Řeřicha, JZD Božejovice, obyvatelé Božejovic, Oldřich Eichler, Josef Řezáč, Jiří Šveňha

Music

Music Composed by

Jaroslav Krček

Music Performed by

Musica Bohemica

Music Conducted by

Jaroslav Krček (Musica Bohemica)

Songs

Běžela voda ze všech stran, Sedemdesiat sukien mala

Songwriter

Jaroslav Krček (Běžela voda ze všech stran)

Writer of Lyrics

Jindřich Pecka (Běžela voda ze všech stran)

Singer

sbor (Běžela voda ze všech stran), Katarína Hazuchová (Sedemdesiat sukien mala)

Production info

Original Title

Moře začíná za vsí

English Title

The Sea Starts outside the Village

Working Title

Hodný chlapeček

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Premiere

1 September 1988

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

78 min

Versions

Czech