Place Where Storks Nest

Karel Steklý, 1975

Film at Filmový přehled


Two critical eras in the history of a Czech village serve as inspiration for Karel Steklý’s 1975 politically engaged feature. Twice, the idyllic village Údolná serves as a stage for a group of honest communists, who triumph over the old order and open up the path towards a bright socialist future for the villagers. The first occasion is during the “collectivisation” era of the 1950s. The second time is in 1968, when subversive rightist elements seek to overthrow the honest cooperative members. The protagonist of the feature – conforming to the ideological demands of storytelling during the era of “normalisation” – is retired glassworker Štěpán Urban, who becomes the founder and first chairman of the local agricultural cooperative. Jiří Krampol excels in the leading role. Josef Vinklář, Miloš Willig and Jan Skopeček also appear.
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About a film

Production year 1975
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama
Form feature
Duration 124 min
Director Karel Steklý
Cast Jiří Krampol, Milena Svobodová, Adolf Filip, Zdeněk Kryzánek, Gustav Opočenský, Jan Skopeček
Director of photography František Uldrich
Screenplay Karel Steklý, Ludvík Toman, Karel Valtera
Editor Jaromír Janáček
Production designer Věra Líznerová
Music Jan Seidel
Sound designer Jiří Hora