The Swedish Way

crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Atrakce švédského zájezdu

Runtime

94

Country

Czechoslovakia, Former Yugoslavia, 1945–1991

Copyright

1989

Production year

1989

Premiere

01.11.1989

Language version

Czech

Director

Zoran Gospić

Screenplay

Zoran Gospić, Miroslav Sovják

Screenstory

Zoran Gospić

Summary

The only full feature-length film by Zoran Gospić, a Yugoslav graduate of Prague’s FAMU, this tragicomedy – in accordance with its co-production character – tells two intertwined tales. One is set in the Czech countryside, where an unhappy chimney sweep named Válek lives by a crossroads in a cottage that is constantly being ploughed into by lorry drivers. The other story centres on a Yugoslav lorry driver named Dragan, whose get-rich-quick scheme unwittingly gets him involved with international drug traffickers. The film is narrated from the perspective of Swedish tourists on package holidays, who serve as indifferent witnesses to human tragedy. Gospić’s 1989 film, which among other things is a sensitive reflection on the rising ethnic tensions in the former Yugoslavia, was misconstrued at the time of its release in the Czech Republic at the end of the 1980s.

Synopsis

A bus full of white-haired Swedish tourists passes through Europe – from Hamburg, Prague and Istanbul to Belgrade and back – but the jolly ladies fail to notice the cruel conditions outside their windows. The Serb Dragan marries a German prostitute Inge in order to get a working permit. He soon gets a job in Hamburg thanks to his friend Steva and starts as an international road transport driver. His beloved Milica, divorced for appearance's sake, and her two little children find themselves on the street due to unpaid rent. In a Czech village, a chimneysweep called Válek and his wife are worried by only one thing – the house they live in is in a sharp corner turn on an international road and heavy trucks crash into it far too often. Válek vainly struggles to get a better place to live. Dragan's first ride leads through Belgrade to Istanbul. His advance sent to Milica helps the woman get a nice flat. In Turkey, however, the truck is stolen from the helpless Dragan, and the Istanbul police find the truck left deserted outside the city. Dragan rides back with a load of oranges. He is unfortunately the next one to crash into Válek's house. Just before, the wife parted with poor Válek and left him alone with the children – who are now carried out by Dragan from the ruins of the house, unhurt. Válek completely breaks down, ending up in therapy. Dragan discovers bags with heroin in the ruins of the truck and successfully smuggles them by train to Germany. The mafia kidnaps Válek from the mental hospital, trying to get the drugs back from him. But Válek does not know anything about them and he totally loses his mind. Dragan, helped by Steva, tries to sell the drugs to get the money to pay off the damaged truck. But Steva is murdered, and Dragan takes refuge from the mafia in a small cafe. The place is, however, run by the Ustashas, the biggest enemies of Serbs and Yugoslavia as a multinational state. Dragan walks out onto the street and is shot dead while the bus with the frolicking and singing Swedes passes by.

Cast

Branko Vidaković

Dragan

Vlastimil Zavřel

kominík Petr Válek

Milan Erak

liftboy Stevo

Hana Švejnohová

Irena, Válkova žena

Ljiljana Blagojević

Milica, Draganova bývalá žena

Jelena Tinska

Inge, Draganova žena

Zoran Miljković

Žika, Draganův kamarád

Zinaid Memišević

mafián

Dragan Maksimović

mafián

Ana Simić

svatební svědkyně

Břetislav Slováček

průvodce švédských turistek

Petr Weig

tajemník místního národního výboru

Miroslav Táborský

Bořík Mach, Válkův kolega

Jan Vít

mafián Josef Limberský

Miloslav Štibich

soused Karel Dumský

Vlasta Mecnarowská

Máňa Dumská

Antonín Brtoun

mafián Zigi

Jan Gross

psychiatr

Ivan Gübel

Bárta, Irenin kolega

B. Vávra (2)

šéf Helmut

Jindřiška Vacková

asistentka Eliška

Mirko Musil

vrátný na psychiatrii

René Přibil

pacient na psychiatrii

Pavel Kočí

pacient na psychiatrii

Antonín Bubeník

tajemník okresního národního výboru

Dáša Samková

sestra v nemocnici

Oto Ševčík

primář

František Švihlík

zedník Pepa

Josef Nechutný

montér Venca

Milan Vlachovský

montér Franta

Petr Koutecký

zednický mistr

Lenka Vychodilová

Boříkova žena

dr. Ivan Vyskočil

děda ve vlaku

Tomáš Sláma

inženýr v Praze

Petr Popelka

inženýr

Karel Hoffmann

pacient Kadeřábek

Jiřina Jelenská

Kadeřábkova žena

Kateřina Vilímková

dcera Válkových

Gabriela Vilímková

dcera Válkových

Ivan Zubović

Draganův syn

Miloš Rakić

Draganův syn

Tomáš Šolc

člen z komise

Alena Karešová

členka z komise

Milan Pěkný

ošetřovatel

Miroslav Chochola

ošetřovatel

Jiří Chmelař

hostinský

Johana Tesařová

vrchní sestra

Rudolf Kutílek

vesnický děda

Eva Strupplová

domácí

Oskar Hák

pacient

Václav Kotva

pacient

Eva Lánská

mladší sestra

Jindřiška Crhová

Monika, dcera Dumských

Marija Adamová

švédská turistka

Jarmila Černíková

švédská turistka

Anna Györgyová

švédská turistka

Ludmila Hradcová

švédská turistka

Květa Jirkovská

švédská turistka

Ivetta Kočová

švédská turistka

Jarmila Krulišová

švédská turistka

Růžena Lysenková

švédská turistka

Marie Michálková

švédská turistka

Zdenka Moudrá

švédská turistka

Růžena Plašilová

švédská turistka

Olga Schmidtová

švédská turistka

Stanislava Strobachová

švédská turistka

Božena Švehlová

švédská turistka

Božena Tomsová

švédská turistka

Marie Logojdová

dědova dcera

Miroslav Sovják

dědův zeť

Nastasja Gospičová

Boříkova dcera

Nina Gospičová

Boříkova dcera

Viktor Růžička

divák peep show

Simona Chytrová

striptýzka

Martina Zbořilová

striptýzka

Kateřina Marková

striptýzka

Alija Aljović

Thomas Clay

Tunchaj Čelik

Siniša Čopić

Milenko Djedović

Hajrudin Hodžić

Mirsad Huković

Eva Kadlíčková

Ibro Kavić

Ivan Kraljević

Jovan Krstić

Slobodan Ninković

Radoslav Petković

Alfred Posavac

Nadežda Rodić

Zoran Simonović

Frančeska Spanić

Zoran Stevanović

Borivoje Stojanović

Bohumil Švarc ml.

Mareček, vnuk Dumských

Ante Vican

Rizo Vlahovljak

Zdeněk Barták

kaskadér

Petr Komínek

kaskadér

Zbyněk Krákora

kaskadér

Ladislav Lahoda

kaskadér

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Jiří Klenot

kaskadér

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Hykl, Slobodan Ivetić

Assistant Director

Damir Čengić, Jana Gospičová, Marie Beránková

Screenstory

Zoran Gospić

Script Editor

Pavla Frýdlová

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Nečesal

Camera Operator

Ivan Šimůnek

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz, Vlado Perković

Set Designer

Milan Bábik, Mirsad Huković, Fikret Orle, Eva Slívová, Karel Vaňásek

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Ivo Špalj, Ivan Žakić

Production Manager

Refik Beširević, Jaroslav Bouček

Unit Production Manager

Jitka Hoferková, Nový Pavel (výroba), Milenko Prstojević

Unit Production Manager

Edin Šarkić, Pavel Bačkovský, Michal Přikryl, Željko Maksimović

Cooperation

Václav Vorlíček, Eva Blažková (2), Eva Horázná, Petr Pištěk, Zorica Lešić, Lenka Jandejsková, Tomislav Lukica, Branka Kamarić, Vlado Medan, Nada Perišić, Rizo Vlahovljak, Ivan Kraljević, Mustafa Kanjić, Asim Husić, Jan Kuděla

Music

Music Composed by

Zoran Simjanović

Music Conducted by

Zoran Simjanović (Orchestr Zorana Simjanoviće)

Songs

Wonderful Life

Songwriter

Colin Vearncombe (Wonderful Life)

Writer of Lyrics

Colin Vearncombe (Wonderful Life)

Singer

Colin Vearncombe (Wonderful Life)

Production info

Original Title

Atrakce švédského zájezdu

English Title

The Swedish Way

Parallel Title

Svedski aranžman

Copyright

1989

Production Year

1989

Premiere

01.11.1989

Creative Group

Jan Vild

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech