Martin Pechlát, Otakar Brousek Jr., Antonie Formanová, Cyril Dobrý and Pavel Neškudla excel in the main roles. The Russian soldier is played by Ukrainian actor Aleksey Gorbunov, known for example from the film Twelve by Nikita Michalkov or from Bondarchuk’s saga War and Peace.
Whether the story really happened to a Russian soldier can hardly be ascertained today. However, he became so interested in the successful advertising director Nohejl that he and his co-writers Vojtěch Mašek and Marek Šindelka decided to develop it into a feature film in which the Russian soldier became a stubborn uninvited guest. “Personally, I like Švejk, and the story of the uninvited guest fit exactly into Švejk’s model. It shows how we Czechs work in tense situations. When we have to fight against some evil, we don’t go with a flint in hand, but we make a little fun of it, “says Michal Nohejl.
The trailer takes the viewer to a small-town party after the premiere, which is disrupted by a drunken Russian soldier as he tries to sell a canister of army gasoline to a group of actors. The course of the evening will gain an unexpected turn. The actors, the bitter director, the diligent director of the theater and the mysterious girl find themselves in hard-to-believe roles. Suddenly it becomes unclear who is the villain and who is the hero. Tomáš Jeřábek and Vlastimil Venclík also star in the film.
The atmosphere of the film is also enhanced by the premises of the normalization culture in Nový Strašecí, which was a great asset for filmmakers. It offered a glass office for the director of the theater, a chamber bar, a foyer with a marble floor, stone wall decorations and a theater hall. The bar was fundamentally rebuilt for the purpose of filming, to which the creators added its characteristic reddish darkness.
“The cultural space itself had a wonderful atmosphere, which encouraged the use of color filters, similar to one scene in a cabaret in Godard’s film. The aim was that the film did not have the typical normalization gray, so that the film was nice to look at and had a certain style, “says director Michal Nohejl. The costumes by Josefína Bakošová are also visually harmonized. The editor of the Occupation is Petr Turyna (The Return of an Idiot, Whisper or Indian Summer), and Jan Baset Střítežský (Křižáček or Alois Nebel) was behind the camera.
Source: Reflex.cz by www.reflex.cz.
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