Two Boys under Fire

Václav Gajer, 1983

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In 1983, director Václav Gajer ended his filmmaking career with a wartime story of two young village boys, who in the spring of 1945 experience many adventures with their new-found friend – partisan Jan. During the 1970s, Gajer achieved renown for a film trilogy about an inquisitive Prague boy, experiencing holiday-time adventures while living with his grandfather-guardian (Pod Jezevčí skálou – Beneath Badger Rock, 1978; Na pytlácké stezce – On the Poacher’s Path, 1979; Za trnkovým keřem – Behind the Blackthorn, 1980). The escapist adventures continue with this adaptation of a work by Bohumila Říha. As in the trilogy, the nine-year-old central character is called Vašek – and also embarks on new adventures from a gamekeeper’s lodge. But instead of poachers, the young boy and his friend Dušan (David Strupek) encounter some malicious German snipers. Czech actors Jaroslava Obermaierová, Vítězslav Jandák and Jana Švandová join a cast also featuring Russian and German actors.
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About a film

Production year 1983
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres children, drama
Form feature
Duration 75 min
Director Václav Gajer
Cast Jakub Štěpán, David Strupek, Jaroslava Obermaierová, Stanislav Král, Jana Švandová, Vítězslav Jandák
Director of photography Jan Němeček
Screenplay Bohumil Říha, Václav Gajer
Editor Petr Sitár
Production designer Jan Oliva
Music Luboš Sluka
Sound designer Adam Kajzar