Wishing Machine

Josef Pinkava, 1967



Josef Pinkava was already among the best directors of films for children and teens when in 1967 he seized the opportunity to realise his own screenplay in an ambitious Czech-French co-production. The protagonists of his playfully conceived narrative for Automat na přání – a shorter version of which was released in the US as The Wishing Machine (1971) – are two boys, Honza Kašpar and Vašek Balabán, who dream of travelling far beyond their tiny Czech village. Their wish is fulfilled by dreaming up an interplanetary spacecraft, which also gives them stories to tell their friends. The distance from adventurous children’s dreams to reality, however, remains quite stark... Apart from amateur child actors Vítězslav Weingärtner and Milan Zeman, the film features seasoned professionals such as František Filipovský and Josef Hlinomaz.
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About a film

film_production_year 1967
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres children
film_form feature
film_duration 82 min
film_director Josef Pinkava
film_cast Vítězslav Weingärtner, Milan Zeman, František Filipovský, Josef Hlinomaz, Miloslav Holub, Rudolf Deyl ml.
film_director_of_photography Jiří Kolín
film_screenplay Josef Pinkava
film_film_editor Antonín Štrojsa
film_production_designer Zdeněk Rozkopal
film_music_composed_by Wiliam Bukový
film_sound_designer Radomír Koutek