František Vláčil, 1974

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Village teenager František does not pay much attention to the hardships that his parents had to endure during the Nazi occupation. Rather, the boy develops a strong friendship with his Alsatian dog Sirius. But František’s life is also set to be disrupted by violence – from the very creatures he considers to be man’s best friend. Gestapo officers are using trained dogs to capture the boy’s escaped father. When Sirius is about to be also seized by the Gestapo officers, František embarks on a futile battle for his best friend’s life. Running at just 50 minutes, this film is a second Gottwaldov Studios (today Zlín) shorter feature from director František Vláčil, following his previous 54-minute Pověst o stříbrné jedli (The Legend of the Silver Fir, 1973). The “normalisation” climate caused the director to give up on any notion of making artistically worthwhile films for mature audiences. Nonetheless, Vláčil was able to stay true to the values espoused in his previous works. Michal Vavruša stars in this harshly poetic picture.
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About a film

Production year 1974
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama
Form feature
Duration 49 min
Director František Vláčil
Cast Michal Vavruša, Jana Hlaváčková, Karel Chromík, Vladimír Jedenáctík, Bořivoj Navrátil
Director of photography František Uldrich
Screenplay Jan Stibral, Kamil Pixa
Editor Antonín Štrojsa
Production designer Jaroslav Krška
Music Zdeněk Liška
Sound designer František Fabián