Dominika’s Name Day

Jan Valášek, 1966

Film at Filmový přehled


A 1967 musical comedy for small children directed by Jan Valášek. The film tells the story of an entrepreneurial young girl, who is never fazed by any situation. Along with little Honzík, Dominika exchanges her four-year-old brother Míša for the stolen cat Kajetána. The distraught parents of missing Honzík and Míša are joined in their search by 12 comical police detectives able to deploy a number of disguises. This simple story based on a screenplay by Vladimír Kalina serves as an ideal example of a film in which reality is presented through an imaginative, playful and poetic child’s eye point-of-view. The fairytale world is also accentuated through aesthetic choices such as utilising coloured filters. Consequently, experienced cinematographer Jan Stallich plays a crucial part in this movie. Alongside its child actors, a number of well-known actors appear in small roles including Karolína Slunéčková, Vladimír Menšík, and Miloš Kopecký.
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About a film

Production year 1966
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres children
Form feature
Duration 59 min
Director Jan Valášek
Cast Dáša Beranová, Jan Valášek ml., Michal Pospíšil (2), Simona Uhlířová, Karolina Slunéčková, Vladimír Menšík
Director of photography Jan Stallich
Screenplay Vladimír Kalina
Editor Jaromír Janáček
Production designer Boris Moravec
Music Miloš Vacek
Sound designer Jiří Lenoch