Animals in Town

Václav Křístek, 1988



This tragi-comedy mirroring the feelings of thirtysomethings at the end of the 1980s gave director Václav Křístek his feature-film debut in 1989. It followed his contribution to the anthology film Záhada bermudského trojuhelníku (The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, 1987). Zvířata ve městě (Animals in Town), which also enabled screenwriter Jaroslav Vanč to break into feature films, tells the story of Karel Brach, a bachelor who grows close to Inge, a palaeontologist. Karel is an unstable character with an unreliable nature, who finds himself facing ever bigger problems, which also involve his peer Igor. In this “morally ecological” film, the filmmakers contrast animals shut in cages at the zoo with the protagonists, locked into their pre-set lives. Václav Koubek (Karel), Ivana Chýlková (Inge) and Ondřej Pavelka (Igor) star. The mysterious man, who turns out to be the narrator, is the singer Jan Vodňanský.
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About a film

film_production_year 1988
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres psychological
film_form feature
film_duration 90 min
film_director Václav Křístek
film_cast Ivana Chýlková, Václav Koubek, Ondřej Pavelka, Ján Sedal, Veronika Gajerová, Arnošt Goldflam
film_director_of_photography Kristian Hynek
film_screenplay Václav Křístek, Jaroslav Vanča
film_film_editor Věra Flaková
film_production_designer Boris Halmi
film_music_composed_by Ondřej Soukup
film_sound_designer Václav Vondráček