Date: 25 January 2023 (ended)
Section: AT THE MARGINS, BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES: THE FRINGES OF CZECH AND SLOVAK CINEMA
Location: Teatro Miela
Piazza Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, 34132 Trieste TS
|FESTIVAL PASS TRIESTE and/or MYMOVIES|
(Marijka l’infedele / Marijka the Unfaithful)
Cecoslovacchia / Czechoslovakia
1933, 35mm, b-n / b-w, 73’
v.o. ceca / Czech o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Karel Nový, Ivan Olbracht. Fotografia / Photography: Jaroslav Blažek. Montaggio / Editing: Jiří Slavíček. Musica / Music: Bohuslav Martinů. Suono / Sound: Josef Zora. Scenografia / Art Director: Bedřich Feuerstein. Interpreti / Cast: Anna Škelebejová, Andrej Kišť, Jaksiňa Djordjajová, Mikola Skira, Mikola Cjubik, Michal Derbak. Produzione / Produced by: Ladislav Kolda.
Lightning strikes a cottage owned by Petro Birčak. Petro, hardened by a rigorous life in the mountains, starts straightaway to build a new house with his wife Marijka. A Czech tourist tells the innkeeper Glück that the site on the crossroads which had been destroyed by fire, would be a good place for a pub. Petro, however, refuses to sell the land. He decides to go off into the mountains to collect wood to make some money and he invites the young Danilo to help him with the construction work. The lumberjacks set off for Černá Rika in the mountains at the beginning of spring…Left alone, Marijka becomes more intimate with Danilo. Petro’s illiterate mother finds someone to write a letter in which she informs her son of his wife’s infidelity, but Petro’s love for Marijka prevents him from killing her. As the logs get sent down the river, Petro and Danilo find themselves on the same raft together. A scuffle ensues and Danilo is killed. There are no witnesses to this event, however, and so Petro returns home. Glück has meanwhile sold off Petro’s land…
Writer, filmdirector and screenwriter, Vladislav Vančura was born in 1891 in Háj ve Slezsku in Austrian Silesia (today Czech Republic). He graduated from medical school in 1921 but did not give up writing. His first collections date back to the 1920s; some of the books are bestsellers, later adapted into films. He became a symbol of the resistance movement against Hitler’s occupation and died in Prague in 1942, murdered by the Nazis.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
1932 Před maturitou (Before Graduation) 1933 Marijka nevěrnice (Marijka the Unfaithful); Burza práce (Labour Exchange); Na sluneční straně (On the Sunny Side) 1937 Láska a lidé (Love and People); Naši furianti (Our Swaggerers)