Fairy-Tale about Pinkie

Gunárs Piesis, 1985

Film at Filmový přehled


The familiar story of an outsider who overcomes an incomparably stronger adversary thanks to his bravery and wit is relayed in this 1985 Czech-Latvian coproduction. Latvian screenwriter and director Gunárs Piesis, Prague’s Barrandov Studios and Riga Film Studio cooperated to produce this nuanced family-fantasy picture which draws heavily on the play Spirídítis (Pinkie) written in 1905 by Latvia’s Anna Brigadere. In that very year there had been an unsuccessful Latvian uprising against Russian rule and a massive wave of emigration had followed. In the film, the orphan boy’s love for his homeland is entwined with patience and the ability to overcome suffering, which are all presented as typically Latvian traits. There are some gripping performances from the cast, including Zdeněk Řehoř as the King, Miloslav Horáček as the Devil and Miroslav Moravec in the role of the Giant.
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Production year 1985
Countries Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Categories film
Genres fairytale
Form feature
Duration 80 min
Director Gunárs Piesis
Cast Ronalds Neilands, Dace Gasiuňa, Dzintra Kletniece, Elvira Baldiňa, Zdeněk Řehoř, Miroslava Součková
Director of photography Martiňš Klejns
Screenplay Gunárs Piesis
Editor Lienite Baliň, Jiřina Skalská
Production designer Ivar Mailitis, Miloš Červinka
Music Imants Kalninš
Sound designer Igor Jakovlev, Jaromír Svoboda