The Canary Connection

Country

Czech Republic

Copyright

1993

Production year

1993

Premiere

9 September 1993

Runtime

118 min

Director

Ivo Trajkov

Category

film

Genre

parody

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Kanárská spojka

Czech title

Kanárská spojka

English title

The Canary Connection

Summary

This debut of director Ivo Trajkov is a crazy comedy about gangsters.

Synopsis

Don Giovanni is camping with his camel, Kamil, in the desert. He starts to tell his life story. When he was 17, he learned from his black mother that he was born in the Prague Motol hospital. This left traces on him, and now he is a manager of the Czech singer Michal Penk. The crook, Omar, organizes a theft of the famous Becherovka liquor recipe for his father, Don Juan. The thieves don't anticipate that the Slovak mafia from Bratislava is monitoring them. The Becherovka operation is followed also by the mafia man, Don Padre, with his daughter, Teresa, and further by Dona Lucia, Don Giovanni and the police. The recipe is stolen and the connections gradually hand over the precious goods. In the end, the recipe is put in a doll. Don Giovanni falls in love with Lucia and he promises her that he will get the recipe for her. But it is not easy. The recipe is circulating from one to another. Having no scruples, everybody just follows his own profit, either because of material reasons or as a bribe to get love and understanding. After many peripeties, the family relations among the interested persons in the recipe are cleared out: except for the Slovaks, all are in a family with incestual relations. The recipe gets Teresa, who works for police. She let them arrest all her relatives. She just spares her father, to whom she gives the recipe for his collection. Don Giovanni wakes up in the morning in the desert and finds out that his camel was stolen. In the sand he finds the bound singer Penk. Don Giovanni states that it might be a hard day.

Cast

Miloš Kopecký

mafiánský kmotr Don Padre

Karel Roden

manažer Don Giovanni, syn Dona Padreho

Ivana Chýlková

mafiánka Dona Carmen, dcera Dona Padreho a dvojče Dona Giovanniho

Martin Huba

mafián Don Juan, adoptivní syn Dona Padreho

Miroslav Táborský

mafián Don Omar, syn Dona Juana

Lucie Zedníčková

mafiánka Dona Lucia, dcera Dona Juana

Petronela Vančíková

kriminalistka Teresa, dcera Dona Padreho

Josef Vinklář

JUDr. Áron, právník Dona Padreho

Michal Penk

on sám, zpěvák

Július Satinský

šéf slovenské mafie

Marián Labuda

zástupce šéfa slovenské mafie

Milan Lasica

muž z Chicaga

Petr Drozda

vyšší člen ochranky

Jiří Krytinář

nižší člen ochranky

Jan Saudek

fotograf

Robert Kodym

on sám, hudební hvězda

Karel Zima

zahraniční expert Vomáčka

Marian Roden

muž s anténou

Monika Novotná

sekretářka slovenské mafie

Roman Holý

reportér

Yveta Dufková

trojbarevná dívka

Simona Jáklová

sebevražedkyně

Vlado Štancel

psycholog u sebevražedkyně

Petr Koutecký

řidič u Dona Omara

Jiří Záviš

ředitel Becherovky

Jana Havrdová

Martička, sekretářka ředitele Becherovky

Radim Špaček

kamelot na letišti

Zdeněk Srstka

velitel policejní jednotky/tajný

Alena Dlouhá

jeptiška

Jan Doboš

Kristus na kříži

Jan Kehár

šéf celního oddělení na letišti

Eliška Kasanová

celnice na letišti

Karel Štorkán

pilot-kapitán

Daniela Kaňoková

maminka v letadle

Arnošt Janeček

muž s kyticí

Jaroslava Hanušová

žena s kufrem

Miroslav Dubský

homosexuál

Filip Sychra

slovenský laborant

Miroslav Kasan

dozorce ve vězení

Gabriela Čanigová

žena v pekárně

Elen Barčišová

sekretářka se šanonem v paláci kultury

Fefík

saniťák u sebevražedkyně

Vilas

saniťák u sebevražedkyně

Sára Saudková

asistentka fotografa

Eva Šlosárová

turistka v monokinách

Alexis Guerrero

kanárský policista/muž s walkmanem

Marek Dušák

kameraman/spojka/beduín

Aleksandar Kolevski

kanárský policista/spojka/beduín

Lena Birková

dáma v baru

Dubbing

Pavel Pípal

hlas z ministerstva vnitra v telefonu

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Trajkov

Second Unit Director

Lenka Cingrošová

Assistant Director

Andrea Rožánková

Script Supervisor

Vlasta Šalbabová

Director of Photography

Vladimír Holomek

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Šimůnek

Camera Operator

Jan Ročňák, Jan Merhaut (kamerový technik)

Production Designer

Michal Krška, Vladimír Heiser

Set Designer

Miroslav Fára, Pavel Svoboda, Jakub Čermák

Costume Designer

Gabriela Schüllerová

Film Editor

Michal Cingroš

Assistant Film Editor

Monika Marková

Sound Designer

Josef Bartoš, Ivo Špalj (mix zvuku)

Assistant Sound Designer

Jiří Synáček

Titles Designed by

Studio WOW

Producer

Petr Rožánek (JAM Media)

Production

Petr Rožánek

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Vakaráč, Vladimír Chrenovský

Production Supervisor

Marek Dušák

Music

Music Composed by

Michal Penk

Songs

Proč jsi zlá

Songwriter Michal Penk
Writer of Lyrics Oto Klempíř
Singer Michal Penk

Kde domov můj

Songwriter František Škroup
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer sbor

Nad Tatrou sa blýská

Songwriter lidová slovenská píseň
Writer of Lyrics Janko Matúška
Singer sbor

Sweat

Songwriter Ian Lewis
Writer of Lyrics Ian Lewis
Singer Alexis Guerrero

Production info

Original Title

Kanárská spojka

Czech Title

Kanárská spojka

English Title

The Canary Connection

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

parody

Origin country

Czech Republic

Copyright

1993

Production Year

1993

Premiere

gala premiere 8 September 1993 (kino Sevastopol, Praha)
distribution premiere 9 September 1993 /recommended for 12 and over/

Distribution slogan

An absurd crazy comedy with criminal plot. Why go and see other films considering that in this one you find everything. Karel Roden in chaotic version of director Ivo Trajkov.

Production

JAM Media, Air Columbus (spolupráce), KAREA (spolupráce), Jan Becher (spolupráce), Sopek (spolupráce)

Distribution

JAM Media

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

118 min

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Dolby Stereo

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, Slovak, Hungarian

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 1. Český lev za rok 1993

1994
Praha / Czech Republic