In the Year of Our Lord 1948

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1989

Production year

1989

Runtime

19 min

Director

Jan Hřebejk

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

L. P. 1948

Czech title

L. P. 1948

English title

In the Year of Our Lord 1948

Synopsis

In the village school, three years after the war children are listening to the catechist’s story telling about Babylon’s tower. Among the children is also Vašík. His father is a chairman of the proletarian union of atheists, who calls his believing wife an unprincipled opportunist. He forbids the religion classes to his son. The catechist complains to the headmaster that young people prefer dancing, tramping, sport, and the interest in church is falling off. In the competition for a church solo singer wins Vašík, but his father allows him only to sing at funerals for a fee. The boy will get fifty crowns for his performance and he wishes that a plague sets in so that he could buy his longed-for horse. The communist president Gottwald’s speech signalises new times and the catechist is arrested by police. Vašík is singing with other pioneers a song glorifying socialist building up and he is happy – their pioneer organisation has a horse.

Cast

Hana Brejchová

matka Vacková

Anna Semotánová

holčička

Karel Jungwirt

Michal Šonda

děti ze ZŠ Řeporyje

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Hřebejk

Assistant Director

Milan Tomsa, David Sís

Screenplay

Petr Zelenka

Director of Photography

Jan Velický

Camera Operator

Martin Froyda, Robert Jančík

Set Designer

Jiří Žůček

Make-Up Artist

Tamara Koubová

Film Editor

Jan Mattlach

Sound Designer

Marek Hart

Production Manager

Vladimír Dvořák, Jan Hřebejk

Cooperation

Ivan Malý (fotograf), Pavel Dobrovský

Music

Music Composed by

Milan Dědek, David Skoumal

Music Performed by

Pavel Mesány /varhany/, Pavel Fiedler, Lubor Šonka, Jiří Růžička (2)

Music Conducted by

Milan Dědek, David Skoumal

Songs

Modlitba za vlast /Beránku Boží, děťátko z ráje/

Song Composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster
Writer of Lyrics Josef Václav Sládek
Singer Jan BaťaJan Semotán [dab]

Rozkvetlý den

Song Composer Radim Drejsl
Writer of Lyrics Miroslav Zachata
Singer sbor

Se zpěvem a smíchem

Song Composer Josef Stanislav
Writer of Lyrics Olga Rambousková
Singer sborJan Semotán

Production info

Original Title

L. P. 1948

Czech Title

L. P. 1948

English Title

In the Year of Our Lord 1948

Category

film

Typology

featurenon-theatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

narrative

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1989

Production Year

1989

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

19 min

Original length in metres

213 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 1. festival FAMU Praha

1991
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jan Hřebejk