Sun, Hay and Erotic

comedy, screwball comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Slunce, seno, erotika

Runtime

112 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1991

Production year

1990

Premiere

01.04.1991

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Troška

Summary

By making Slunce, seno, jahody (Sun, Hay and Strawberries) in 1983, director Zdeněk Troška launched what would prove to be a highly popular series. The much in demand filmmaker returned to the peculiar residents of the south Bohemian village of Hoštice in 1989 to make the sequel Slunce, seno a pár facek (Sun, Hay and Slaps, 1989), loosely following up on the initial film. Audiences continued to enjoy Troška’s creations even after the revolutionary year of 1989, which turned the country’s cinema industry upside down. Following in the footsteps of the first two films, the third and final film in the series, Slunce, seno, erotika (Sun, Hay and Erotic, 1991), also attracted considerable numbers of viewers. And, after the Sun, Hay … trilogy was concluded, the director’s faithful viewers followed him through his trilogy Kameňák (Bad Joke, 2003-2005) and, above all, his three Babovřesky (Old Hag’s Yells, 2013-2015) films. However, the enduring qualities of the collaboration between Troška and collaborating screenwriter Petr Markov had already been demonstrated by the third, “erotic”, part of the first trilogy. This time around, the film’s creators bid goodbye to the laid-back fictional world of the Czech village and travelled to foreign shores (much like many members of Troška’s audiences following the demise of the country's totalitarian regime). Yet even at an Italian seaside resort, the inhabitants of Hoštice can't help but be their own idiosyncratic selves. Though not enamoured of the local food, they strike up a friendship with some local farmers who invite them to their village. Hoping to secure a lucrative partnership with their Italian counterparts, the villagers quickly create a nudist resort and an open-air museum devoted to the method of musically stimulating greater milk yields from cows: something which was at the core of Sun, Hay and Strawberries. The final question posed by the film, concerning the direction Hoštice, and by analogy the whole country, is taking, meant the title is squarely placed among features that apprehensively ponder the rising waves of “wild capitalism” evident in the early post-communist period of Czechoslovakia… The cast, once again dominated by Helena Růžičková, Stanislav Tříska and Valerie Kaplanová, is joined for the final part of the trilogy by, among others, the village girls’ Italian suitors, played by Martin Dejdar and Oldřich Kaiser.

Synopsis

The inhabitants of the South-Bohemian village of Hoštice set off to spend a holiday in an Italian sea resort. Although the somewhat festive welcome dinner, mainly consisting of seafood, is not their cup of tea, the girls Miluna and Evík are immediately mesmerized by the handsome youngsters named Bernardo and Vincenzo. The girls get the feeling that the two self-assured Italians have some connection with the mafia. The Czech farmers are invited to a clean, glittering and marvelously equipped Italian farm. The two girls find out that this is actually the place where their Italian wooers work. The Hoštice villagers in turn invite the Italian farmers to their village. Right after their return, they start inventing ways to improve both their agricultural cooperative and village and how to surprise the Italians. Their ideas are acquisitive, too – the villagers hope to sign an exclusive contract on collaboration with the Italians. Gábina, the wife of the animal caretaker Béďa, suggests building a nudist beach in the village. The idea appeals to the villagers and everybody except the local priest and his devout sheep begin to realize the plan. They, however, pay less attention to improving the cooperative and the village as such. The arriving Italians surprisingly do not mind the mess. Their head, named Zolli, suggests establishing an museum of the famous method of cows' milk yield music stimulation in Hoštice. Joyful moments arrive in the village and Miluna and Evík are looking forward to the wedding with their Italians. And Škopková, standing in the middle of a soiled backyard, portrays the future paradise on earth where Hoštice and the entire Czech nation are heading.

Note

The film Sun, Hay, Erotic is a free sequel of Troška´s films Sun, Hay, Strawberries (1983) and Sun, Hay and Slaps (1989).

Cast

Jaroslava Kretschmerová

účetní JZD Eva Pilátová zvaná Evík

Petra Pyšová

servírka Miluna

Oldřich Kaiser

italský šéfmechanik Vincenzo

Martin Dejdar

italský živočichář Bernardo

Helena Růžičková

Mařenka Škopková

Stanislav Tříska

Vladimír Škopek, Mařenčin muž

Veronika Kánská

Blažena Konopníková, dcera Škopkových

Bronislav Černý

instalatér Venca Konopník, Blaženin muž

Valerie Kaplanová

babička Škopkových

Martin Šotola

Jirka, syn Škopkových

Marie Pilátová

Vlasta Konopníková zvaná Konopnice

Václav Troška

Konopník, Vlastin muž

Luděk Kopřiva

farář Otík

Vlastimila Vlková

farářova hospodyně Cecilka

Marie Švecová

drbna Mařenka Kelišová zvaná Keliška

Jiří Růžička

tlustý Josef

Josef Stárek

doktor Kája Kroupa

Pavel Vondruška

starosta Mošna

Miroslav Zounar

předseda JZD Josef Rádl

Jiřina Jelenská

Rádlová, předsedova žena

Jiří Lábus

živočichář Béďa

Kateřina Lojdová

inženýrka Gábina, Béďova žena

Jiřina Jirásková

řídící Vendy Hubičková

Vlastimil Dejdar

Presidente Zolli

Venuše Humheyová

Zolliova žena

Jaroslava Hanušová

profesorka Jaruška

Anna Pourová

místní drbna

Miluška Vondráčková

místní drbna

Julie Archmannová

místní drbna

Olga Schmidtová

místní drbna

Božena Štěpánková

místní drbna

Jana Šedová

italská matka Maria

Rudolf Kubík

Ital Antonio, Mariin syn

Pavel Kurýl

Ital Carlo, Mariin syn

Tomáš Vácha

Ital Giuseppe, Mariin syn

Vladimír T. Gottwald

architekt Svinutý

Hana Večeřová

teta Růža

Miloslava Ratajová

sousedka Vachoutová

Jaroslav Kubeš

soused Vachout

Karel Charvát

italský restauratér Giancarlo

Soňa Svobodová

pokojská v italském hotelu

Rudi Hermann

prodavač v Mnichově

Zdeněk Kalaš

číšník

Filip Kronberger

číšník

Radim Novák

číšník

Patrik Fencl

číšník

Jiří Janda

hostinský Jaroušek

Růžena Trošková

žena na schůzi

B. Borávek

Gabriela Galetková

J. Pilát

P. Rataj

Michal Kubeš

Kamila Roubalová

Z. Patera

P. Troška

Z. Trošková

I. Vondrášková

obyvatelé obce Hoštice u Volyně

vesničané

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Magdalena Pivoňková

Assistant Director

Oldřich Vlasák

Script Supervisor

Pavlína Volrábová

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Production Designer

Jindřich Kočí

Assistent Production Designer

Milan Býček

Set Designer

Bohumil Kadlec, Jan Klíma (rekvizitář), Martin Tlamicha (rekvizitář), Milan Šebo (rekvizitář), Milan Šefrna (rekvizitář)

Costume Designer

Marie Franková

Costumes

Iva Horáková (vedoucí kostymérka), Renata Ryšavá, Miroslava Sedláčková

Film Editor

Eva Bobková

Assistant Film Editor

Helena Lehovcová

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Assistant Sound Designer

Václav Kliegel

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Václav Šeda, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Roman Molnár, Miloš Ptáček, Pavel Štěrba, Přemysl Čermák

Consultant

prof. Marie Kronbergerová

Cooperation

Jaroslav Novák (vrchní osvětlovač), Michal Fairaizl (fotograf), Antonín Kořenek, Miloslava Ratajová, J. Baroch, A. Borl, J. Brychta, K. Čížek, J. Gažda, P. Gutheis, J. Heinzl, T. Hrazdíra, B. Kindl, R. Krátký, J. Kučera, W. Kuhn-Gaber, J. Pecha, A. Roháč, H. Soukup, P. Šafránek, M. Šponar, P. Švec, R. Voborský, J. Vrána, Jednotné zemědělské družstvo Dobrá Voda Hoštice u Volyně

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Vágner

Selected Music

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Te Deum /použito jako znělka Intervize/), Vilém Blodek (V studni), Karel Vágner (Hodinky nejdou)

Music Performed by

Karel Vágner

Songs

Čeká nás cesta dlouhá, Můj miláčku, kde jsi

Songwriter

Karel Vágner (Čeká nás cesta dlouhá), Vilém Blodek (Můj miláčku, kde jsi)

Writer of Lyrics

Petr Markov (Čeká nás cesta dlouhá), Karel Sabina (Můj miláčku, kde jsi)

Singer

Karel Černoch (Čeká nás cesta dlouhá), Jaroslava Hanušová [dab] (Můj miláčku, kde jsi)

Production info

Original Title

Slunce, seno, erotika

English Title

Sun, Hay and Erotic

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy, screwball comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1991

Production Year

1990

Premiere

01.04.1991

Distribution slogan

Crazy summer comedy. Erotic growth promotes milking.

Distribution

Nationalfilm Praha

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Groš, Václav Nývlt (vedoucí tvůrčí skupiny Groš), Oldřich Mach (vedoucí tvůrčí skupiny Groš)

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

112 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 5. festival českých a slovenských filmů FINÁLE Plzeň

1991
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 13. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1991
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Zdeněk Troška