HEAD-ARMS-HEART

comedy, black comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

HLAVA-RUCE-SRDCE

Runtime

110

Country

Czech Republic

Copyright

2010

Production year

2009

Premiere

18.11.2010

Language version

Czech

Director

David Jařab

Summary

The story of a woman and three men of whom one is dead and the others are not overly capable of love. The story that takes place during the First World War is on the breakdown of traditional values of the modern world. Against the backdrop of the story of Klára Knabelová and her relationship to three officers of the Austro-Hungarian army there unfolds a parable on the breakdown of the old world of traditional values and the emergence of new (dis)orders. The First World War initiates this process of breakdown and plants the seeds of dark irrational forces. The only one capable of getting out of this furnace with a clean slate is the strong and charismatic woman, who becomes a symbol of equality and the promise of “new tomorrows”. Colonel von Haukwitz dies under mysterious circumstances during a cult seance. His fiancé, actress Klára Knabelová, finds out that his head, hands and heart were removed from his body after death. In searching for an answer to this mystery she meets the colonel’s closest friend, Lieutenant Heinrich Roth and fate brings them together. The military investigator Karel Vrana tries to coax Klára to cooperate against Roth and the cult circles in the army's ranks. Klára refuses, but expresses support for Vrana's search for the detached part of the colonel's body. In the meantime Roth is called to the battlefield of the First World War and Vrana sets out throughout Europe to look for von Haukwitz’s remains used by the cult groups. Klára moves away to the family farm in Moravia where she receives a different body part – the hand of the wounded lieutenant Roth. Disillusioned with war, Roth returns to Klara at her farm and seeks new way to satisfy his own irrationality. He finds it in senseless experiments with roosters or strange trips into the wilderness where he experiences his own dream states. Klara is no longer able to fill his emptiness and perhaps he doesn’t even want her to. Vrana brings the colonel’s found remains to the farm. But he afflicted with paralysis. Even he, though he's strongly attracted Klára, has nothing to offer her.

Crew and creators

Director

David Jařab

Second Unit Director

Radek K. Vysoudil

Screenstory

David Jařab

Screenplay

David Jařab

Script Editor

Kristián Suda, Ivan Hubač (šéfdramaturg ČT)

Production Designer

Milan Popelka

Art Director

Milan Popelka

Costume Designer

Sylva Zimula Hanáková

Make-Up Artist

Jana Radilová, René Stejskal (speciální masky)

Film Editor

Jan Daňhel

Sound Designer

Daniel Němec (zvuk a design zvuku)

Special Effects

Patrik Velek (triky a triková supervize), Petr Mašek (triková supervize)

Producer

Viktor Schwarcz, Jaroslav Kučera (šéfproducent ČT), David Jařab

Production Manager

Věra Ferdová, Jiří Koštýř (ČT)

Unit Production Manager

Zuzana Vrbová (ČT)

Cooperation

Ota Bareš (práce se zvířaty), Radim Mácha (práce se zvířaty), Jaroslav Tkáňa (práce se zvířaty), FAUNA A FILM PRAHA (práce se zvířaty), Vladimír Vopravil (práce se zvířaty), Farma/Y Cunkov (práce se zvířaty), Petr Hanuš (práce se zvířaty), EQUI HANUŠ, s.r.o. (práce se zvířaty)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Haas (původní orchestrální, komorní a klavírní hudba)

Selected Music

Fryderyk Chopin (Nocturno, Es Dur, opus 9, č. 2), Robert Schumann (Snění)

Music Conducted by

Lukáš Prchal (Okamžitý filmový orchestr)

Songs

různé skladby a písně

Production info

Original Title

HLAVA-RUCE-SRDCE

English Title

HEAD-ARMS-HEART

Copyright

2010

Production Year

2009

Premiere

18.11.2010

Distribution slogan

A film on loveless love, on warless war and unmagical magic.

Distribution

BONTONFILM a.s.

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 8. mezinárodní festival fantastického filmu FANTASPOA

2012
Porto Alegre / Brazil

Nominace

Event: 18. výroční ceny Český lev 2011 za filmovou tvorbu roku 2010

2011
Praha / Czech Republic
David Jařab

Nominace

Event: 1. ceny české filmové kritiky 2010

2011
Praha / Czech Republic
Marek Jícha

Nominace

Event: 18. výroční ceny Český lev 2011 za filmovou tvorbu roku 2010

2011
Praha / Czech Republic
Marek Jícha