The Aliens Are Here!

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

1 January 1989

Runtime

89 min

Director

Ota Koval

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Uf-oni jsou tady

Czech title

Uf-oni jsou tady

English title

The Aliens Are Here!

Summary

This final film from accomplished director Jiří Hanibal is a children’s story about a seven-year-old boy unable to come to terms with the loss of his mother. The motion picture, released in 1989, relates how Radek’s mother has emigrated to the West, leaving her son in the care of her ex-husband and the boy’s father, who has since re-married. Radek is supposed to believe that his mother has died, but accidentally learns the truth from a neighbour. And so he decides to run away from home with his beloved dog Cézar – the only remaining tie to his former family life. Matouš Soukenka takes the lead role in this inconspicuous psychological film. The young actor previously appeared as the star of the sci-fi comedy Uf-oni jsou tady (The Aliens Are Here!, 1988). The role of the father goes to Zdeněk Žák, while the role of Radek’s understanding stepmother enables actress Zuzana Schulzová to flex her acting muscles.

Synopsis

Three friends use to play near a large sport stadium and a TV transmission tower. They are the fifth-graders Luděk and Tomᚠand the first-former Jirka Švec whose father is a secondary-school professor. The father visits the Prague observatory at Petřín with his class. The local guide - his wife and Jirka's mother - brings home a photograph of a mysterious light object, having no idea that the object was imitated by a flash-lamp, thrown in front of a telephoto lens by the students Macek and Kazda. The naive Jirka is fascinated by the potential existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. He watches a short sequence of a sci-fi film at Tomáš's place, featuring bald aliens getting out of a flying saucer and collecting samples of life on Earth. Jirka puts everything together and arrives at the opinion that similar creatures have landed in the Prague neighbourhood of Strahov, too. The Maceks are building a villa and their son, who is promised a flat in it, often comes over to help. But his head gets slightly wounded and the bandage, soaked by rain and moreover unfortunately stiffened by cement, temporarily deprives him of his hair. Baldness is not en vogue in that period and he thus gets himself a wig. The young boys find the alleged place of the aliens' landing - a circle burnt in the grass - near the villa construction site. Kazda helps Macek steal construction material from a school nearby in exchange for a promised lodging. Jirka and Luděk observe them secretly and when Macek takes his wig of, they know for sure that the two must be the aliens collecting samples. The cunning Macek supports them in their misapprehension. Tomᚠthinks that the construction site is the operation centre of the guests from the outer space. His idea is moreover unwittingly supported by the father of Macek, who glues on a false beard due to an outdated photograph in his driving licence. Jirka runs into a bald thief, and as soon as he naively promises not to disclose him, the pickpocket shoves him a bribe. The bright Tomᚠsoon realizes that everything is a senseless accident, and the students begin mocking them. The next day, Tomᚠis absent from school. Jirka is convinced that he was kidnapped by the aliens and gives the young cheaters the money which he received from the thief in exchange for bringing his friend back. But Tomᚠwas only suffering from nausea and he is back in school the next day. Jirka, walking up a school corridor, overhears from the fifth class that Tomᚠis examined but does not know anything. He decides to advocate Tomáš, claiming that the aliens brainwashed him. The teacher's reproach passes with Jirka's parents - the tolerant father says that he himself believes in extraterrestrials. Jirka asks the "aliens" to check the car about whose fuel consumption his father complains. Tomᚠsecretly records Macek and Kazda on a videotape - not only during their next robbery but also during the car accident of Švec's car. The father of Macek decides to sell the flat which he had promised to his son. Kazda quarrels with his friend - he worked with him on the villa construction in vain. Švec recognizes his students in the video. The young thieves must return everything. Jirka's parents want to play the game about aliens to the end; they do not want to disappoint their son. When the "extraterrestrials" leave, the boy finds out that everything was staged for him by his parents. He thus does not tell anything just to make them happy.

Note

Paintings by Marc Chagall were used in the film.

Film online

Cast

Matouš Soukenka

žák Jirka Švec

Oleg Homola

gymnaziální profesor Švec, Jirkův otec

Jaroslava Schallerová

Jirkova matka, průvodkyně ve hvězdárně

Jan Kincl

Luděk, Jirkův kamarád

Jan Horáček

žák Tomáš Kučera, Jirkův kamarád

Vít Němec

student Macek

Lukáš Novotný

student Kazda

Jan Teplý

Kučera, Tomášův otec

Ivan Lukeš

starší muzikant

Ludmila Bílková

starší muzikantka

Stela Skaličková

Stela

Jan Přeučil

zloděj v klobouku

Petra Hanžlíková

Ilona, Mackova spolužačka

Gabriela Vránová

Luďkova matka, oční lékařka

Jan Vlasák

Luďkův otec, lékař

Filip Smoljak

zájemce o byt

Jana Viščaková

manželka zájemce o byt

Stanislava Šťastná

učitelka 5. třídy

Jaroslava Tichá

učitelka 1. třídy

Libuše Štědrá

učitelka 5. třídy

Milan Mach

ředitel školy

Ivo Hrdina

cvičitel

Milan Klacek

psycholog

Vladimír Švabík

pomocník VB

Jan Jílek

student

Lucie Tomková

student

Kamila Kučerová

student

Alena Vojtěchová

student

Markéta Stivínová

student

Jakub Hais

student

Radek Aubrecht

student

Jiří Med

Pavel Jandejsek

Olga Fleischerová

J. Pavel

hudebník

A. Pavel

hudebník

O. Persy

hudebník

J. Hrabal

hudebník

V. Hrabal

hudebník

J. Dostál

hudebník

O. Březina

hudebník

J. Filípek

hudebník

Z. Ducháček

hudebník

S. Wágner

hudebník

L. Volek

hudebník

J. Vicenec

hudebník

A. Dopita

hudebník

J. Zahrádka

hudebník

M. Kouba

hudebník

P. Mikeš

hudebník

J. Tihlář

hudebník

J. Pavel ml.

hudebník

Z. Spurný

hudebník

M. Klečková

hudebnice

J. Miková

hudebnice

H. Hrabalová

hudebnice

Václav Novák

hudebník

Z. Kulhánek

hudebník

V. Janečka

hudebník

J. Svoboda

hudebník

Crew and creators

Director

Ota Koval

Second Unit Director

Milan Klacek

Assistant Director

Monika Maratová, Daniel Sedláček, Zdenka Barochová

Screenstory

Miroslav Adamec

Shooting Script

Ota Koval

Script Editor

Milan Pávek

Director of Photography

Jiří Macák

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Holan

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Ludvík Široký

Art Director

Marc Chagall (autor obrazů)

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Zdeněk Jeřábek, Aleš Liška, Richard Staněk

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Dalibor Lipský

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Titles Designed by

Karel Saudek

Production Manager

Miroslav Smrček

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Karel Lupoměský, Patrik Vágner

Unit Production Manager

Hana Svěráková, Božena Novotná

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Selected Music

Martin Böttcher (Vinnetou – hudba z filmu)

Music Performed by

Petr Hapka, FISYO

Music Supervisor

Juraj Ďurovič

Choreographer

Jaroslav Langmajer

Songs

bez názvu

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Michal Horáček
Singer Bambini di PragaPetra Janů

S cizí ženou v cizím pokoji

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Michal Horáček
Singer Michael Kocáb

Levandulová

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Michal Horáček
Singer Hana HegerováPetr Hapka

Temný stín

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Petr Rada
Singer Jaromír MayerMefistoKarel Svoboda

Windsurfing

Songwriter Petr HapkaJiří F. Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Rudolf Liška
Singer Jiří Korn

Production info

Original Title

Uf-oni jsou tady

Czech Title

Uf-oni jsou tady

English Title

The Aliens Are Here!

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 24 June 1987
technical Screenplay approved 2 May 1988
start of filming 7 June 1988
end of filming 15 August 1988
the first film copy approved 17 November 1988
projection approval 15 December 1988

Premiere

premiere 1 January 1989

Creative Group

4. tvůrčí skupina, Marcela Pittermannová (vedoucí 4. tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 495 meters

Distribution carrier

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