A Sleeping Partner

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

1 August 1988

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Tichý společník

Czech title

Tichý společník

English title

A Sleeping Partner

Summary

Small-town newspaper editor František Staněk is unable to overcome a sense of indolence both about his work and his relationship with adolescent son Filip. Forty-year-old Staněk – a role that widened the filmography of Jiří Schmitzer in 1988 – is appointed editor-in-chief of a provincial paper in this motion picture from Zdeněk Flídr. But he soon clashes with local developers over an article justifiably critical of their environmental practices. Staněk fears for his job, and neglects to properly look after his 14-year old son, the target of bullying by the construction company director’s son. The “sleeping partner” of the film is Staněk’s own conscience… Jiří Schmitzer is joined in the cast by Radovan Lukavský (Staněk’s father) and Tomáš Jánský (Filip). Veronika Žilková takes on the role of the protagonist’s girlfriend, flute player Heda.

Synopsis

The fourty-year old editor of a regional newspaper, František Staněk, is appointed editor-in-chief of the editorial office. He enjoys his new position which is due to the severe illness of his former boss. František is divorced and his fourteen-year old son Filip lives with his mother. František lives in a detached house with his father and secretly dates a flautist by the name of Heda. He soon has to face numerous problems, due especially to the justified criticism of environmental devastation by an industrial construction, published in the newspaper. The paper is attacked by both the Communist Party and the regional authorities. The article's writer, Hybnerová, the old photographer Antoch and the editor Jonᚠwant to continue the criticism. But František, fearing for his position and the benefits ensuing from it, turns cautious and changes his hitherto views. He also must take care of his son who is an inconvenience to his mother's young lover. The teacher seats Filip next to the classroom's leader, Aleš Berka - the son of the construction's director and a local celebrity. The boy is a victim of bullying, headed by the conceited Aleš. He fortunately has his granddad with whom he gets along very well, contrary to his father. František fires Antoch and indirectly causes the death of the former editor-in-chief. The grandfather dies in an attempt to save Filip's pigeons before a storm. Filip throws a party at home in František's absence. Aleš puts a drug in the drinks and many of the participants end up in hospital. Aleš gutlessly blames Filip for it. Staněk, for the sake of his career, forces Filip to plead guilty and bear the unjust punishment. Filip runs away and his father follows him. They both get on the same train.

Cast

Jiří Schmitzer

redaktor František Staněk

Radovan Lukavský

Františkův otec

Tomáš Jánský

Dubbing Jan Klíma
Filip, Františkův syn

Milan Vágner

stavební ředitel Berka

Gabriela Štěpánková

Andy, dcera ředitele Berky

Veronika Žilková

flétnistka Heda, Františkova přítelkyně

Martin Kysela

Aleš, syn ředitele Berky

Rudolf Hrušínský

fotograf Antoch

Oldřich Vlach

šéfredaktor Brož

Jan Hrušínský

primář MUDr. Houdek

Zdeněk Mucha

vedoucí autoservisu Vilda

Adolf Kohuth

ředitel gymnázia Karel

Ivana Chýlková

redaktorka Irena Hybnerová

Vlastimil Fišar

profesor Konáč, přítel Františkova otce

Jana Vychodilová

ředitelka základní školy

Dana Bartůňková

Dáša, Františkova bývalá žena

Marta Hrachovinová

třídní učitelka

Karel Fiala

redaktor Trnka

Karel Červený

redaktor Jonáš

Barbora Besserová

Alešova přítelkyně

Jana Hermachová

redaktorka Beranová

Hana Packertová

sekretářka redakce

Irena Hahnová

sekretářka

Petra Špalková

žákyně Pácalová

Jan Schmid

nápadník-šachista

Josef Charvát

řezník Janeček

Rafael Pražák

Petr, Dášin milenec

Antonín Punčochař

harmonikář

Jiří Radotínský

redaktor

Zdeněk Skalický

vedoucí čističky

Hana Svěráková

lékařka

J. Tampierová

chemigrafka

Ivan Mareš

strojní sazeč

Vladimír Majer (2)

sportovní redaktor

Hana Bauerová

žena z ulice

Andrea Hudáková

spolužačka

Miroslava Němečková

spolužačka

Zuzana Vosátková

spolužačka

Martin Morch

spolužák

Jan Novák (4)

spolužák

Petr Štěpánek (3)

spolužák

Vojtěch Smíšek

spolužák

Vladimír Zahrádka

spolužák

Jan Zrzavý (3)

spolužák

H. Malá

zdravotní asistentka

Igor Kačírek

muzikant

Mikuláš Malhocký

muzikant

Pavel Malhocký

kapelník

Petr Ries

muzikant

Karel Tampier

muzikant

Miroslav Veselý

muzikant

Vladimír Kozák

Karel Šulda

Václav Rachač

Josef Buble

Zdeněk Martinec

Zuzana Králová

Zdena Kováčová

Lucie Němcová

Jan Olšakovský

Michal Semera

Pavel Špachman

Zbyšek Němec

Petr Zeman

Helena Šťastná

Petr Jesenský

Josef Dvořák (4)

Ervín Müller

Blanka Müllerová

Lída Müllerová

Stanislav Hackel

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Eva Kadaňková

Assistant Director

Josef Basakin

Script Supervisor

Kateřina Pavelková

Based on

Ladislav Langpaul (Před branami – novela)

Script Editor

Jaroslav Kubát

Director of Photography

Jiří Kadaňka

Second Unit Photography

Lubomír Moravec

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička, Oldřich Eichler (steadicam)

Production Designer

Ludvík Široký

Set Designer

Michal Erazim, Jiří Matějka, Karel Plaňanský, Eva Slívová, Karel Vaňásek

Costume Designer

Šárka Váchová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Production Manager

Miroslav Smrček

Unit Production Manager

Karel Lupoměský, Benešová Jarmila (2), Ivan Helcl, Patrik Vágner

Unit Production Manager

Božena Novotná

Consultant

Karel Čepička, Vladimír Majer (2), PhDr. Jindřich Pecka

Cooperation

Jana Nečasová (klapka), Miroslav Jirsa (fotograf), Marcela Bernardová, Eva Horázná, Růžena Hejsková, Jaroslav Řeřicha

Music

Music Composed by

Jaroslav Krček

Music Performed by

Musica Bohemica (Music Conducted by Jaroslav Krček)

Songs

bez názvu

Songwriter Jaroslav Krček
Writer of Lyrics Jindřich Pecka

rockové skladby

Songwriter Jiří Schmitzer
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Schmitzer
Singer Jiří Schmitzer

My jsme žáci 8. B /parafráze úvodní písně animovaného seriálu Mach a Šebestová/

Songwriter Luboš Fišer
Writer of Lyrics Miloš Macourek
Singer dětský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Tichý společník

Czech Title

Tichý společník

English Title

A Sleeping Partner

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 16 June 1987
technical Screenplay approved 5 February 1988
start of filming 10 February 1988
end of filming 30 May 1988
the first film copy approved 17 November 1988
projection approval 22 December 1988

Premiere

premiere 1 August 1988

Creative Group

5. tvůrčí skupina, Miloslav Vydra (vedoucí 5. tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 550 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