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Czechoslovakia
1990, 89 min

Section: Liberated

  617 Wednesday 3/7 22:30 Grand Hall
  821 Friday 5/7 9:30 Small Hall

When young engineer Mirek arrives at a factory in order to work on a project to reduce emissions, he is confronted by a rigid order and incompetent bosses… Dubbed a “rhythmical of the totalitarian age,” the original story plays out amidst the sulphur-laden air of Ostrava’s steel mills. The film’s creators peppered their tale with a distinctive sense of humour, troupe recitations, and a catchy saxophone leitmotif.


Synopsis

When young engineer Mirek arrives at a factory in order to work on a project to reduce emissions, he is confronted by incompetent bosses maintaining an ossified order… Dubbed a “rhythmical of the totalitarian age,” the original story plays out amidst the sulphur-laden air of Ostrava’s steel mills. The film’s creators peppered their tale with a distinctive sense of humour, troupe recitations, and a catchy saxophone leitmotif. Smoke was made in a turbulent period when filmmakers split their time between rehearsing scenes and going on strike. It was shown in cinemas in 1991, but post-revolution audiences were not drawn by its dark mood, and critics were equally unimpressed. But with the passage of time the movie has achieved cult status, and today’s third generation of fans knows that “Arnoštek is simply divine.”

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Tomáš Vorel (b. 1957, Prague). Selected filmography: The Prague Five (1988), Smoke (1990), The Stone Bridge (1996), Out of the City (2000), The Can (2007), To the Woods (2012), Uni (2014), The Journey Home (2019)

Contacts

Národní filmový archiv
Malešická 12, 130 00, Praha 3
Czech Republic
E-mail: martina.stastna@nfa.cz
www: www.nfa.cz

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Liberated
   
Director: Tomáš Vorel
Screenplay: Lumír Tuček, Tomáš Vorel
Dir. of Photography: Martin Duba
Music: Michal Vích
Editor: Jiří Brožek
Art Director: Michal Krška
Producer: Jaroslav Bouček
Production: Filmové studio Barrandov
Cast: Jan Slovák, Lucie Bártová-Zedníčková, Eva Holubová, David Vávra, Jaroslav Dušek
Sales: Národní filmový archiv
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