Closed Due to the Family Mourning

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1991

Production year

1991

Premiere

2 February 1995

Runtime

9 min

Director

Saša Gedeon

Category

film

Genre

psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

„Zavřeno pro rodinný smutek“

Czech title

„Zavřeno pro rodinný smutek“

English title

Closed Due to the Family Mourning

Summary

The school film Closed Due to Family Mourning (1991) by the screenwriter and director Saša Gedeon was based on the short story The Fire by Alberto Moravia. The bitter vignette portrays one day in a small barbershop somewhere in Italy before the war; it is not rich in plot, but rather in internal tension and a compelling atmosphere. – The young man Serafino is bored in his brother-in-law Raymond's barbershop and wants to at least go on a trip to the sea. However, he lacks the strength to resist the sluggish fate personified by his unbearably domineering relative. – Through the relationship of the two men, the author shows the often-experienced sense of futility and the desire for rebellion, which usually ends up in vain. – The director received the Best Drama Award for this film at the International Festival of Film School Students FFICS in Tokyo in 1992; the monetary award allowed him to make his feature film debut Indian Summer (1995). The film Closed Due to the Family Mourning was shown in cinemas as a pre-film to Indian Summer. – The film also won the Maxim Award at the FAMU Festival '92 and an award at the Philadelphia Festival '94.

Synopsis

It is a hot summer day and there is no sign of a customer in an Italian barbershop. The young Serafino would love to go for a swim but his employer and also brother-in-law, named Raymondo, does not let him. Serafino’s not too pretty sister Giussepina, Raymondo’s wife, is leaving for the town of Ostia to visit their relatives. Raymondo dozes in a chair, his face covered with a newspaper. The gofer Paolino lazes around, too. Raymondo lets Serafino shave him. Although Serafino is angry at his brother-in-law, he carries out the order precisely and eventually even gives him a face massage. Raymondo then leaves for lunch and the very young neighbour Santina – the object of Serafino’s platonic admiration – sneaks in. The girl flirts with him and lets him perfume her. Raymondo returns and strictly reproaches the two for senseless wasting. The girl runs away and the barber decides to shave the young man. As soon as he lathers him, the girl is back, carrying a basket full of washed laundry and coquettishly asking for help. Raymondo leaves his brother-in-law with the lather on his face and sets off after Santina. Serafino releases the accumulated overpressure by seizing a radio and smashing it against the floor.

Note

Studio exercise of the second year students. The film was screened in cinemas together with another film by Saša Gedeon, Indian Summer (1995).

Cast

David Vávra

Voice by František Husák
holič Raymondo

Barbora Hrzánová

Giussepina, Raimondova žena, Serafinina sestra

Václav Polívka

učedník Paolino

Crew and creators

Director

Saša Gedeon

Based on

Alberto Moravia (Oheň /La voglia di vino/ – povídka ze sbírky Římské povídky /Racconti romani/)

Screenplay

Saša Gedeon

Director of Photography

Miloš Kabyl

Camera Operator

Filip Sirotek

Production Designer

Gabriela Minářová

Film Editor

Petr Turyna

Sound Designer

Daniel Němec, Marek Hart

Producer

Helena Formáčková, Jarka Gutlerová

Pedagogical management

Dušan Klein (režie), Jana Semschová, Jiří Macháně (kamera), Josef Valušiak (střih)

Songs

Piave /Ciao, ciao, bambina/

Song Composer Domenico Modugno
Writer of Lyrics Dino Verde
Singer Domenico Modugno

Production info

Original Title

„Zavřeno pro rodinný smutek“

Czech Title

„Zavřeno pro rodinný smutek“

English Title

Closed Due to the Family Mourning

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

psychological

Student film

2. ročníka studio exercise

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1991

Production Year

1991

Premiere

premiere 2 February 1995 /suitable for youths/

Distribution slogan

no caption

Production

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

9 min

Original length in metres

266 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

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: Mezinárodní filmový festival United Film Video Academy UFVA Philadelphia

1994
Philadelphia / United States of America

Vítěz

Event: Prémie Českého literárního fondu v oblasti filmu za rok 1992

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Petr Turyna

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival FAMU Praha

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Miloš Kabyl

Vítěz

Event: Prémie Českého literárního fondu v oblasti filmu za rok 1992

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Miloš Kabyl

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival FAMU Praha

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Petr Turyna

Vítěz

Festival: 2. mezinárodní festival studentských filmů FFICS Tokio

1992
Tokio / Japan

Vítěz

Event: Prémie Českého literárního fondu v oblasti filmu za rok 1992

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Saša Gedeon

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival FAMU Praha

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Saša Gedeon

Vítěz

Festival: 33. Brněnská šestnáctka – Mezinárodní soutěž nekomerčních alternativních hraných filmů Brno

1992
Brno / Czechoslovakia
Saša Gedeon

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival FAMU Praha

1992
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Saša Gedeon