Dead Forest

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1990

Production year

1990

Runtime

40 min

Director

Pavel Marek

Category

povídka

Genre

short-story

Typology

featuremedium

Original title

Mrtvý les

Czech title

Mrtvý les

English title

Dead Forest

Synopsis

Motto: Here meanders the shadowless way of fallacy – on the ground of that foreign abyss – observed by the rigid eye of the Sun – and the horizon’s innate blindness (Erik Lindegren). A man wakes up amidst a mess and books on mushrooms. Through the window, he spots his neighbour going to the forest with a basket. He and his young wife have a breakfast of raw meat in a dining room with a child’s picture wrapped up with a black ribbon hanging on the wall. The man writhes at the food, especially when he finds a golden chain next to the meat. When his wife startles him with the question “Are you a mushroom picker or a yellow-belly?”, he leaves the house with the basket. In the backyard, he is severely beaten by some young carollers. The young woman brings herself spaghetti from a secret place. She undresses and the pasta begins erotically crawling all over her body. The mushroom picker in the meantime observes three men in the forest who alternate their three activities at intervals set by an alarm clock – sleeping, drinking rum and shaving. A Zen master tries to light a fire in the middle of a chickweed pond and he shows the man where to pick mushrooms. As the picker bends down for his first take, he is halted by a hand that slides out from the ground and the neighbour steals the mushroom in front of his nose. As soon as the hand frees him, the mushroom picker kills his rival and takes the mushroom. He also finds a beer bottle full of cuttings and photographs of the dead man. When he finishes the soup made from the mushroom back home, his neighbour’s face peeps out at him from the bottom of his plate and the mushroom picker falls dead on the spot. One poisonous mushroom is always left out intentionally from every mushroom book.

Cast

Martina Michálková

houbařova žena

Martin Radimecký

soused

Tomáš Turek

zenový mistr

Dalibor Fencl

princip ze dna

Jiří Skála

Slepičák

Andreas Müller

vousáč

Petr Pešice

vousáč

Bohdan Sláma

vousáč/Schmirtz

Josef Pejchar

koledník

Jiří Urban

koledník

Urban Tomáš (2)

koledník

Crew and creators

Director

Pavel Marek

Assistant Director

Markéta Ehrmanová

Screenplay

Pavel Marek

Script Editor

Marek Král

Art Director

Martin Radimecký

Make-Up Artist

Andrea Landovská

Film Editor

Miloš Málek

Sound Designer

Ivo Špalj

Special Effects

Roman Včelák

Production Manager

Roman Včelák, Pavel Marek

Cooperation

Keiko Sei, Jiří Kovanic, Kristina Petrová, Kateřina Pajerová, Lucie Simerová, Jana Roubalíková, Zita Vymětalová, Jolana Petrlíková, Martin Mička, Jana Suchánková

Music

Music Composed by

Milan Guštar

Songs

Hody, hody, doprovody

Singer

sbor (Hody, hody, doprovody)

Production info

Original Title

Mrtvý les

English Title

Dead Forest

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1990

Production Year

1990

Production

Bulšitfilm

Technical info

Lenght

medium

Runtime

40 min

Versions

Czech

Subtitles

without subtitles

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. Mladá kamera Uničov

1991
Uničov / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 1. festival FAMU Praha

1991
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 32. Brněnská šestnáctka

1991
Brno / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 39. celostátní přehlídka neprofesionálních filmů a videoprogramů Rožnov pod Radhoštěm

1991
Rožnov pod Radhoštěm / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 1. festival FAMU Praha

1991
Praha / Czechoslovakia