Direction: Karlštejn

slapstick, short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Směr Karlštejn

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Tomáš Vorel

Synopsis

It is a summer holiday in the suburbs. A dwarf as big as an adult crawls out from a container. A father directs his family – his attentive wife, two boisterous twin boys and a daughter – with a whistle. They set off for a trip, encountering an acquainted family which plans the same. Our family does not manage to buy their tickets before the train's departure. The ticket inspector steals the penalty for himself and moreover repeatedly insults the father. The twin boys galumph unspeakably, they moreover smoke and damage the countryside. The father suffers more and more injuries and the mother enthusiastically collects toadstools. The little daughter throws a ball at the dwarf. She hits him in the face by mistake and the dwarf gets offended. The tireless father drags the family through a desert, fire, and jungle. A publican serves them sewage instead of beer and lemonade. The grumpy dwarf wrecks the little girl's ball. The family runs away from the pub without paying and the boys shoot the pursuing publican with a percussion rifle. They even miss the return train. Back home, the totally whacked family, moreover bandaged from head to toe, founders. Only the little girl sadly looks out of her window. As soon as she goes to bed, the dwarf also returns to the container, braying.

Note

The story mainly contains interjections and bustle and also the opening melody of the TV bedtime stories broadcasted by, what was then, East Germany. It does not include any dialogue.

Cast

Michaela Pfeifrová

Liběna

David Prágr

Cecil

Michael Prágr

Ambrož

Tomáš Vorel

skřítek

Marie Vnoučková

matka II.

Martin Dejdar

otec II.

Dina Chourová

dcera II.

Jan Adam

syn II.

Luboš Veselý

tlouštík jedlík

Pavel Kočí

rybář

Zdeněk Běhal

hostinský

Alice Bělská

selka s vejci

Jaroslav Brůha

tramp

Oldřich Košíček

tramp

Alena Krpatová

trampka

Zdeněk Mihle

strojvůdce

František Stupka

kaskadér/vodák

Petr Drozda

kaskadér

František Jákl

kaskadér

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Dana Šomková

Second Unit Photography

Jan Hanzal, Martin Duba

Camera Operator

Jan Carda

Production Designer

Ludvík Široký

Costume Designer

Simona Rybáková

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Tomáš Potůček

Production Manager

Přemysl Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Václav Marhoul, Bohdan Kysil

Unit Production Manager

Gabriela Kerekešová, Miloš Matula, Šárka Pechanová, Karel Vávra, Dušan Vodák

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Bubuljak

Songs

Skřítku, milý skřítku /Sandmann, lieber Sandmann/

Songwriter

Wolfgang Richter (Skřítku, milý skřítku /Sandmann, lieber Sandmann/)

Singer

Michaela Pfeifrová (Skřítku, milý skřítku /Sandmann, lieber Sandmann/), Tomáš Vorel (Skřítku, milý skřítku /Sandmann, lieber Sandmann/)

Production info

Original Title

Směr Karlštejn

English Title

Direction: Karlštejn

Working Title

Skřítek / Výlet na Karlštejn

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Technical info

Versions

Czech