Věra Plívová-Šimková, 1979

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The Brontosaurus Movement started out as a Czechoslovak nature conservation group promoted by the 1970s socialist state. Founded in 1974, it not only introduced the forced engagement of youth in the wider nature conservation effort, it also inspired established author of children’s books, Věra Plívová-Šimková, to make a film. In her narrative about ridding a forest of illegal dumps, it is the world of the protagonist – a country boy named Tomáš Šereda – that assumes the most important role. Tomáš so loves nature that he encourages his schoolmates to take part in a rather original rebellion against the adults who remain indifferent to the polluting of the natural environment. The director of this made-to-order film relied on lively dialogue, the natural environment as well as the natural performances of child actors. Apart from her son, Tomáš Šimek, she also cast a popular child actress, Dana Vávrová, as the main character’s friend, a girl who goes by the name of Víla Amálka (after the animated character “Fairy Amálka”). Josef Somr, Daniela Kolářová and Zdeněk Svěrák are among those who played adult roles.
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About a film

Production year 1979
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres children
Form feature
Duration 71 min
Director Věra Plívová-Šimková
Cast Tomáš Šimek, Dana Vávrová, Michael Hofbauer, Lukáš Bech, Petra Fischerová, Šárka Fischerová
Director of photography Ivan Šlapeta
Screenplay Věra Plívová-Šimková
Editor Eva Bobková
Production designer Jiří Matolín
Artist Vladimír Jiránek
Music Petr Hapka
Sound designer Jiří Kříž