King of Colonnades

Zeno Dostál, 1990

Film at Filmový přehled


Director Zeno Dostál made this 1990 debut film at the age of 56. Adapted from his own novel entitled Lev (Leo), the story is inspired by the sign of the Zodiac. In Král kolonád (The King of Colonnades) the director – whose second and final film was the Jewish drama Golet v údolí (Golet in the Valley, 1995) – tells the story of the lead violinist in a Františkovy Lázně spa orchestra, and his relationship with the Jewish woman Róza. Their pre-war marriage is subject to the oppressions of the Nazi era. The man is unable to cope and becomes estranged from his wife and daughter, who both end up in a concentration camp. The devastated musician sinks into ever greater despair and alcoholism. Josef Novotný takes the leading role; director Dostál also cast the actor in his 1992 TV movie Váhy (Scales). Róza is played by Barbora Leichnerová, and secretary Valerie is performed by Ivana Chýlková. In this film, Zeno Dostál utilises largely unknown actors; the one exception is coffee shop owner Broda played by Vlastimil Brodský.
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About a film

Production year 1990
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, psychological
Form feature
Duration 90 min
Director Zeno Dostál
Cast Josef Novotný (3), Barbora Leichnerová, Ivana Chýlková, Svatava Hubeňáková, Eliška Kuchařová, Rudolf Máhrla
Director of photography Jiří Macák
Screenplay Zeno Dostál
Editor Jan Svoboda
Production designer Bohumil Nový
Music Luboš Fišer
Sound designer Jiří Hora