Věra Plívová-Šimková, 1979



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

film_production_year 1979
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres children
film_form feature
film_duration 71 min
film_director Věra Plívová-Šimková
film_cast Tomáš Šimek, Dana Vávrová, Michael Hofbauer, Lukáš Bech, Petra Fischerová, Šárka Fischerová
film_director_of_photography Ivan Šlapeta
film_screenplay Věra Plívová-Šimková
film_film_editor Eva Bobková
film_production_designer Jiří Matolín
film_art_director Vladimír Jiránek
film_music_composed_by Petr Hapka
film_sound_designer Jiří Kříž