Shaleath Forgive Them Their Sins

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

short

Czech title

...a odpusť jim jejich viny

Runtime

13 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1992

Production year

1992

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaromír Polišenský

Summary

The story of a man who followed the way of his conscience.

Synopsis

Engineer Drakl, leaving for a business trip, says farewell to his wife and son in front of their villa. He made a skyrocket to cheer up his son, and launches it in the garden. After his return from the trip, he is in shock. Someone – probably a robber – murdered both the woman and the child. The old maid was not in the home that night. The police work hard but clues are scarce. They even find a possible culprit – a criminal called Hofner. The investigator, however, warns Drakl that the lack of witnesses and poor evidence would probably not result in him being found guilty. The deeply shaken man makes a decision – he asks to visit the robber in custody. He dismisses the maid, covers the furniture in the house and packs only a small suitcase. He enters the prison wearing a long coat and a hat. In the cell, face to face with the criminal, he offers him a deal. He will provide him the chance of a new beginning if he pleads guilty in strict confidence and privately while the confession cannot be used in court. The man then leaves the prison with his face hidden behind the upturned coat collar and lowered hat. Drakl, stone-faced, sits in the cell. Hofner heads to the railway station with Drakl’s wedding ring on his finger and a suitcase with money and a full cigarette case. A little girl takes notice of him at the platform. Hofner contentedly sits down on a bench and lights up a cigarette. The cigarette immediately explodes and the man begins to burn unquenchably. Drakl pleads guilty for his act at the court, but he does not feel or show any regret.

Cast

Petr Čepek

inženýr Drakl, ředitel chemické továrny

Jiří Kodeš

lupič Hofner

Karel Pospíšil

vyšetřovatel

Tomáš Turek

detektiv Málek

Jaroslava Brousková

Draklova manželka

Jan Semotán

Draklův syn

Sandra Nováková

holčička na nádraží

Crew and creators

Based on

Jaroslav Havlíček (Pomsta – povídka ze sbírky Zázrak flamendrů)

Screenplay

Jan Drbohlav

Production Designer

Radmila Iblová

Set Designer

Alena Nosková

Make-Up Artist

Alena Marečková

Film Editor

Jan Daňhel

Sound Designer

Pavel Dobrovský

Production Manager

Jana Mašíková

Cooperation

Ondřej Dubský, Lukáš Hendrych, Zbyněk Hloch, Pavel Kletečka, Lenka Kopáčková, Petr Kunc, Diviš Marek, Pavel Rejholec, Rostislav Říha, Jiří Šteffl, Jan Velický, Pavlína Volrábová

Music

Music Composed by

Vladimír Roubal

Production info

Original Title

...a odpusť jim jejich viny

English Title

Shaleath Forgive Them Their Sins

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1992

Production Year

1992

Production

Studio FAMU

Copyright Holders

Studio FAMU

Distribution

Studio FAMU

Technical info

Lenght

short

Runtime

13 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival FAMU Praha

1994
Praha / Czech Republic
Jan Daňhel

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival FAMU Praha

1994
Praha / Czech Republic
Pavel Dobrovský