Sun, Hay and Slaps

comedy, screwball comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Slunce, seno a pár facek

Runtime

128

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1989

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.07.1989

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Troška

Screenplay

Petr Markov, Zdeněk Troška

Screenstory

Petr Markov, Zdeněk Troška

Summary

Following the village comedy Slunce, seno, jahody (Sun, Hay and Strawberries, 1983) Zdeněk Troška went on to make the romantic drama Poklad hraběte Chamaré (The Treasure of Count Chamaré, 1984) and the fairytale O princezně Jasněnce a létajícím ševci (Princess Brightness and the Flying Shoemaker, 1987). Troška then returned to the Southern Bohemian village of Hoštice to make a sequel to his highly successful pastoral comedy. Slunce, seno a pár facek (Sun, Hay and Slaps, 1989) loosely continues with the story of its forerunner. The trilogy was completed with Slunce, seno, erotika (Sun, Hay and Erotic, 1991) but it was the second film in the sequence that elevated its creator into the select club of filmmakers who have satisfied the expectations of a mass audience. The plot, once again created by Troška and screenwriter Petr Markov, revolves around the wedding of Blažena Škopková, pregnant (since the first part of the series, i.e. six years ago in the viewer’s time) by her boyfriend Venca Konopník. However, Venca is falsely accused of also having fathered the child of flirtatious engineer Tejfarová. The wedding is called off and the families of the intended couple waste no time in bad-mouthing and denigrating each other. Not even a last-minute reconciliation between the two families can prevent the final all-out melee… Director Troška once again provided his audience with light, holiday entertainment in which greater room was given to the most popular characters from the earlier film, above all mother Škopková, unforgettably delivered by Helena Růžičková. Also enjoying their revived roles were Stanislav Tříska as Mrs Škopková’s husband, Veronika Kánská as their daughter, and Valerie Kaplanová as the grandmother. New characters in this sequel include Ms Tejfarová, played by Kateřina Lojdová and Dr Kroupa (Josef Stárek), who is ensnared by Mrs Škopková as a prospective replacement spouse for her daughter… The later films of Troška were known for their somewhat predictable casts with the director repeatedly employing tried and tested actors to satisfy popular demand. This makes the appearances of Jiřina Jirásková (civilised school director Ms Hubičková) and Jiří Lábus (animal husbandry specialist Béďa) in Sun, Hay and Slaps all the more surprising. In 1989, Troška had not yet sealed his reputation as a populist filmmaker ruining his audience’s tastes.

Synopsis

Blažena Škopková, an inhabitant of the South-Bohemian village of Hoštice, distributes her wedding notice. The old women malign that she is pregnant. In the Škopkas backyard, the resolute Mařenka fights with her old mother who is confined to a bed on wheels. An attractive woman engineer Gábina Tejfarová – once a local driving school instructor attended by all the village youngsters – returns to the village. In a pub, she shows a photo, of her daughter whose reported father is the animal caretaker Béďa, to the waitress Miluna. But Béďa is just about to marry the accountant Evička. As soon as Gábina leaves, he falsely accuses Venca Konopník, Blaženka's groom, of the paternity. The news then spread around the village with lightning speed and certainly does not bypass the Škopeks'. Mrs Škopková immediately calls off her daughter's wedding to Venca and tries to find a new groom for her. Brawls and willfulness break out between the Konopníks and the Škopkas. But Blažena and Venca reconcile after several days filled with hectic events and they finally marry in the town with the help of the fat Josef and the operator Václavka. Mother Škopková has meanwhile found a spare groom – the elderly doctor Kroupa. The Škopkas prepare a grandiose wedding but, right in front of the town hall, its participants are told that Blažena and Venca have already married. The tense situation is moreover inflamed by the arriving TV reporters and a director of the regional agricultural administration, Mr Plánička, and his wife. Gábina also appears and confirms that Béďa is the father of her child. The ensuing fight of everybody with everybody is secretly left by the newlyweds as well as the operator Václavka, while the latter woman takes Doctor Kroupa away with her.

Note

The film Sun, Hay and Slaps is a free sequel of Troška´s film Sun, Hay, Strawberries (1983), freely follows film Sun, Hay, Erotic (1991).

Cast

Helena Růžičková

Mařenka Škopková

Stanislav Tříska

Vladimír Škopek, Mařenčin muž

Veronika Kánská

Blažena, dcera Škopkových

Martin Šotola

Jirka, syn Škopkových

Valerie Kaplanová

babička Škopkových

Marie Švecová

drbna Mařenka Kelišová zvaná Keliška/anděl

Marie Pilátová

Vlasta Konopníková zvaná Konopnice

Václav Troška

Konopník, Vlastin muž

Bronislav Černý

instalatér Venca Konopník, Blaženin nastávající

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

účetní JZD Eva Pilátová zvaná Evík

Petra Pyšová

servírka Miluna

Jiří Lábus

živočichář Béďa

Josef Stárek

doktor Kája Kroupa

Kateřina Lojdová

ing. Gábina Tejfarová, instruktorka autoškoly

Jiří Růžička

tlustý Josef

Luděk Kopřiva

farář Otík/archanděl Michael

Vlastimila Vlková

farářova hospodyně Cecilka/anděl

Jiřina Jirásková

řídící Václavka Hubičková

Miroslav Zounar

předseda JZD Pepa Rádl

Pavel Vondruška

tajemník Mošna

Jiří Janda

hospodský Jaroušek

Vlasta Mészárosová

průvodčí Helenka

Eva Tauchenová

teta Anny

Hana Večeřová

teta Růža

Gaston Šubert

strýc Olda

Miloslav Pikolon

bratranec Eda

František Stupka

strýc Vlastík/kaskadér

Miluška Vondráčková

místní drbna

Karel Bělohradský

oddávající

Jiřina Jelenská

Rádlová, předsedova žena

Františka Bártová

místní drbna/anděl

Anna Pourová

místní drbna/anděl

Irena Kozová

místní drbna/anděl

Olga Schmidtová

místní drbna/anděl

František Kůstka

opilý soused

Zdeněk Záhorka

opilý soused

Vladimír Duben

televizní kameraman

Petr Brodský

televizní režisér

Pavlína Volrábová

klapka

Marie Tomsová

televizní reportérka

Vladimír T. Gottwald

poustevník ve filmu

Zdeněk Barták

kaskadér

Dita Dudziková

kaskadérka

Karel Charvát (2)

kaskadér

Hana Kocourková

kaskadérka

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Marie Prchlíková

kaskadérka

Jaroslav Špáňa

kaskadér

Jaroslav Šanda

kaskadér

Helena Srstková

kaskadérka

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

Jaroslav Vlk

kaskadér

Oleg Reif

ředitel zemědělské správy Plánička

Dagmar Blažková

Dášenka, Pláničkova druhá žena

Milan Wolf

kameraman na svatbě

Vít Zahradil

asistent

Tomáš Červenka

kameraman

Růžena Trošková

doktorova matka

Miroslava Králová

zjevení ve filmu

Hanka Kurýlová

Bernadetta ve filmu

Pavel Šedivý

císař ve filmu

Vojtěch Pavlíček

sv. Sebastian ve filmu

David Voverka

lukostřelec ve filmu

Jiří Klenot

kaskadér

Jan Novák (3)

Pavel Prchal

Vláďa Prchal

Václav Zábranský

Alena Bošková

obyvatelé obce Hoštice u Volyně

vesničané

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

René Slauka

Assistant Director

Oldřich Vlasák, Ivana Adamovská

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Troška

Script Editor

Martin Mahdal

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Maxa

Camera Operator

Jiří Zavřel

Production Designer

Miloš Červinka

Costume Designer

Marie Franková

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Mos, Evelyna Vrbová

Unit Production Manager

Václav Šeda, Miloš Ptáček, Přemysl Čermák, Petr Jahn

Cooperation

Pavlína Volrábová, Helena Lehovcová, Magda Hájková, Zdeněk Maur, JZD Dobrá Voda Hoštice u Volyně, Michal Fairaizl

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Vágner

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Věrné naše milování/), Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Proč bychom se netěšili/), Antonín Dvořák (Rusalka /Květiny bílé po cestě/), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (La Marseillaise), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Svatební pochod)

Music Performed by

Orchestr Karla Vágnera

Music Conducted by

Karel Vágner (Orchestr Karla Vágnera)

Songs

Život je rváč, Hlaď mě, Věrné naše milování, Ej, od Buchlova, La Marseillaise, Proč bychom se netěšili, Normálně

Songwriter

Karel Vágner (Život je rváč), Karel Vágner (Hlaď mě), Bedřich Smetana (Věrné naše milování), lidová píseň (Ej, od Buchlova), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (La Marseillaise), Bedřich Smetana (Proč bychom se netěšili), Miloslav Ducháč (Normálně)

Writer of Lyrics

Petr Markov (Život je rváč), Pavel Žák (Hlaď mě), Karel Sabina (Věrné naše milování), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (La Marseillaise), Karel Sabina (Proč bychom se netěšili), Vladimír Dvořák (Normálně)

Singer

Stanislav Hložek (Život je rváč), Michal Penk (Hlaď mě), Jiřina Jirásková (Věrné naše milování), Jiřina Jirásková (Ej, od Buchlova), Jiřina Jirásková (La Marseillaise), sbor (Proč bychom se netěšili), Jaroslava Kretschmerová (Normálně)

Production info

Original Title

Slunce, seno a pár facek

English Title

Sun, Hay and Slaps

Copyright

1989

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.07.1989

Creative Group

Jan Vild

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 11. festival české a slovenské veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1989
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia