When the Wolves Cry

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1992

Production year

1992

Runtime

14 min

Director

Jan Pecha

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent filmshort

Original title

Když vlci pláčou

Czech title

Když vlci pláčou

English title

When the Wolves Cry

Summary

Dramatic episode from the end of the war.

Synopsis

At the end of World War II., a German soldier and German officer are escaping through the Czech woods in hope of getting home. They find a secluded, worn out and damaged house. They need to take a rest; it seems the officer also has an injured leg. As the soldier is walking through the house he finds a helmet, with swastika. He does not notice a little boy who silently sneaks out and runs away. But then something rattles in the closed cabinet. The soldier shoots it through immediately with a load from his automatic rifle. Behind the cabinet door a huddled boy is shuddering. He probably played soldiers here with his friend. The officer does not want any witnesses of their escape; he reminds the soldier of his mother and the officer’s family waiting for them in Germany. He wants to shoot the boy who ran from the house, but fell down after some steps. However, the soldier has enough of murdering. They draw lots as to who shall shoot and it is the soldier who gets the lot. The soldier eventualy aims the gun at the officer and he shoots him instead of the child. Accompanied by the second boy, two men are approaching through the wood. There is a loud bang, and the soldier shot in the belly collapses on the ground and, after a while, he dies.

Cast

Pavel Nový

Dubbing Oto Ševčík
německý důstojník Franz

Daniel Landa

německý voják Manfred

Petr Kuklík

chlapec

Šimon Lichnovský

chlapec

Martin Vondra

vesničan

Václav Sloup

vesničan

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Pecha

Screenstory

Daniel Landa

Screenplay

Daniel Landa

Director of Photography

Miloš Kabyl

Camera Operator

Martin Douba, Jiří Zeiner

Set Designer

Alena Nosková

Make-Up Artist

Alena Marečková

Film Editor

Filip Issa

Sound Designer

Martin Ryšan

Production

Petr Walek

Unit Production Manager

Klára Bukovská, Markéta Nováková

Pedagogical management

Jaromil Jireš (režie), Karel Smyczek, Jan Kališ (kamera), Josef Valušiak (střih)

Cooperation

Mirjam Landa (jazyková spolupráce)

Music

Music Composed by

Daniel Landa

Songs

Die Fahne hoch /Horst Wessel Lied/

Songwriter Etienne Nicolas Méhul
Writer of Lyrics Horst Wessel
Singer sbor

Es zittern die morschen Knochen /Wir werden weiter marschieren/

Songwriter Hans Baumann
Writer of Lyrics Hans Baumann
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Když vlci pláčou

Czech Title

Když vlci pláčou

English Title

When the Wolves Cry

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionstudent film

Genre

drama

Student film

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1992

Production Year

1992

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Studio FAMU

Distribution

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

14 min

Original length in metres

360 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 19. Mladá kamera Uničov

1993
Uničov / Czech Republic