A Hot Problem

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1987—1988

Premiere

1 January 1989

Runtime

83 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Horká kaše

Czech title

Horká kaše

English title

A Hot Problem

Working title

Jak se kreslí nula

Summary

With their parents too busy to notice, a lack of adult guidance and oversight allows a group of young adolescents to inflict their malignant worst on a city housing estate. The group’s frequent bouts of moodiness and aggression are stirred up by heavy metal music from the band Vitacit… In 1988, director Radovan Urban and screenwriter Miloš Cajthaml attempted to draw attention to issues faced by youths left to their own devices in the massed suburban blocks of social housing outside Czech cities (Prague’s Jižní Město in particular). The story’s protagonist, ninth-grader Honza Kovář, falls in with a gang of misfits and vandals who also rob local children and pensioners. Honza’s naivety eventually costs him dear, including his girlfriend Lucka… The film, leaving something to be desired in terms of authenticity, starred Petr Bok (Honza) and Lucie Benešová (Lucka). Heavy metal fans may also enjoy the performances of singer Lucie Bílá and the band Vitacit.

Synopsis

Honza Kovář, a pupil in the last year of primary school, was badly injured by a reckless car driver and was under medical treatment for a year. He missed school and now, being 16 years old, he is the oldest member of the class. He is dating with his schoolmate Lucka a bit, the only child of a TV reporter and a very busy father. They live in the largest Prague suburb, called Jižní Město (Southern Town). People feel lost in the greyness of the blocs of houses. Some youngsters took a liking to heavy metal music and go to concerts of the Czech heavy metal group, Vitacit. After a minor incident with the group leader, Věra, Honza stops helping as a volunteer for events for children. He mingles with a bunch of boys led by the reckless and egoistic Ondra. Their activities are strange. They rob smaller children of money for shopping and they even victimise pensioners. They laugh at Honza and because of it, he stops helping a handicapped girl he knows from the hospital. The bunch has a vague plan to set up a music group, but they just continue fighting and vandalism. After a provocation at a concert they are even thrown out. Ondra invites the bunch, including Honza and Lucka, to his parents' villa, as they are never home. They are all drunk and Radek lures Lucka away. Honza is playing a computer game and does not sense that the scared girl will be raped by Radek and then by Ondra and Petr. When Honza tries to protect her, he gets a blow that knocks him out. The shocked girl and unconscious Honza are dragged by the bunch to the street, where they leave them next to a broken phone box. They are first helped by a young couple – metal fans. At the intensive care unit, Honza's father watches with a relief as his son opens his eyes. Lucka's parents are arguing desperately over their guilt.

Cast

Petr Bok

Honza Kovář

Dana Syslová

kuchařka Kovářová, Honzova matka

Miloš Vávra

soustružník Kovář, Honzův otec

Tomáš Růžička

Mirek, Honzův bratr

Lucie Benešová

Lucka Adamová, Honzova spolužačka

Daniela Kolářová

televizní reportérka Adamová, Lucčina matka

Čestmír Gebouský

Adam, otec Lucky

Ondřej Votoček

David Šmíd, Mirkův spolužák

Vítězslav Jandák

Šmíd, Davidův otec

Roman Fišer

Radek, člen party na Jižním Městě

Jiří Petr

Ondra, člen party na Jižním Městě

Matyáš Havrda

Tomáš, člen party na Jižním Městě

Václav Svoboda (4)

Petr, člen party na Jižním Městě

Lucie Vojtěchová

Jarka, Honzova kamarádka z nemocnice

Lucie Juřičková

skupinová vedoucí Věra

Dana Horčicová

heavymetalová matka batolete

Miroslav Leitermann

heavymetalový mladík František

Jitka Prokopová

heavymetalová dívka Anděla

Lucie Bílá

ona sama, zpěvačka

Yvona Kindermannová

Monika Chlupáčková, Mirkova kamarádka

Alena Kryštofková

Chlupáčková, matka Moniky

Kateřina Cajthamlová

lékařka MUDr. Sovová

Karel Brožek

redaktor Heine

Anna Wetlinská

ona sama, hlasatelka

Milan Klacek

docent Závora

Viola Zinková

přepadená důchodkyně

František Šikl

Havlík

Elena Strupková

učitelka Jansová

Hana Pastejříková

ředitelka školy

Jiří Lír

důchodce s holí

Gabriela Buřičová

Simona

Barbora Šímová

Sašena

Vlastimil Čaněk

školník Hažinský

Martin Růžička

Richard

Aleš Prosek

Luděk

Vojtěch Smíšek

Martin

Gabriela Opalecká

Libunda

Lucie Vostracká

Amálka

Vilém Koňa

Pichlík

Otakar Brousek ml.

nadporučík VB

Radek Ulrich

Lukáš

Aleš Křen

metalista

Karel Dufek

malý metalista

Jiří Hlinka

Máťa

Ladislav Županič

otec kluka se šlapacím autem

Jiří Valšuba

Vácha

Naděžda Prchalová

učitelka Hornofová

Josef Vaidiš

mladý muž

Václav Stýblo

řidič Landa

Pavel Hejč

hudebník

Václav Pokorný (4)

hudebník

Vlastimila Vlková

Ondrova babička

Miroslava Ambrožová

Petr Drozda

pořadatel

Karel Engel

pořadatel

Jindřich Sejk

pořadatel

Karel Charvát

zápasník

Jindřich Klaus

zápasník

Ivan Mareš

zápasník

Jaroslav Tomsa

zápasník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Klacek

Screenstory

Miloš Cajthaml

Screenplay

Miloš Cajthaml

Shooting Script

Radovan Urban

Script Editor

Milan Pávek

Director of Photography

Martin Benoni

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Milan Kopecký

Production Designer

Jiří Matolín

Set Designer

Jan Hodný, Karel Kočí, František Struska

Costume Designer

Olga Jedličková

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Jiří Kejř

Production Manager

Jana Koubová

Unit Production Manager

Jan Peterka, Lev Veltrubský

Unit Production Manager

Eduard Zanner

Consultant

MUDr. Helena Budlovská, Josef Novotný

Cooperation

Jana Paparčíková, Alena Kravková, Jindřich Kočí, Miloslav Mirvald

Music

Music Performed by

Martin Kratochvíl, skupina Vitacit

Songs

Úder

Songwriter Martin Kratochvíl
Writer of Lyrics Josef Novotný
Singer skupina Vitacit

Peaceman

Songwriter Miloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Josef Novotný
Singer skupina Vitacit

Já chci se ptát těch králů

Songwriter Luděk AdámekMiloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Miloš Doležal
Singer skupina Vitacit

Hořící svíčka

Songwriter Luděk AdámekMiloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Josef Novotný
Singer Lucie Bíláskupina Vitacit

Mat na tři

Songwriter Miloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Josef Novotný
Singer skupina Vitacit

Zkáza měst

Songwriter Miloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Josef NovotnýMiloš Doležal
Singer skupina Vitacit

Trápení

Songwriter Miloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Josef NovotnýMiloš Doležal
Singer skupina VitacitLucie Bílá

Bez prodlení

Songwriter Miloš Doležal
Writer of Lyrics Josef Novotný
Singer skupina VitacitLucie Bílá

Okno mé lásky

Songwriter Petr Janda
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Petr Janda

Paralet

Songwriter tradicionálMichal Ambrož /úprava/
Writer of Lyrics Michal Ambrož
Singer Roman FišerJiří PetrMatyáš HavrdaVáclav Svoboda (4)

Je to past

Songwriter Jiří Hradec
Writer of Lyrics Petra Černocká
Singer Lucie Bílá

Production info

Original Title

Horká kaše

Czech Title

Horká kaše

English Title

A Hot Problem

Working Title

Jak se kreslí nula

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1987—1988

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 17 June 1987
technical Screenplay approved 20 October 1987
start of filming 16 November 1987
end of filming 27 January 1988
the first film copy approved 1 June 1988
projection approval 3 June 1988

Premiere

premiere 1 January 1989

Creative Group

4. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Marcela Pittermannová (vedoucí 4. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

83 min

Original length in metres

2 367 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 1. mezinárodní festival filmů a televizních pořadů pro děti a mládež Naberežnyje Čelny

1990
Naberežnyje Čelny / Russia

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival českých a slovenských filmů Mladá Boleslav

1989
Mladá Boleslav / Czechoslovakia
Radovan Urban

Vítěz

Festival: 27. festival českých a slovenských filmů Mladá Boleslav

1989
Mladá Boleslav / Czechoslovakia
Miloš Cajthaml