Forgotten Light (1996)

Movie


Forgotten Light (1996)
Zapomenuté svetlo (original title)

Father Holy, a village priest, battles against the state and religious bureaucracies of 1980s Czechoslovakia in his fight to raise money for a new church roof. Permeated by his love for the villagers, his encounters are marked by his good humor. In his losing battle against Church and State, Holy is ordered to be transferred away from his parish and his allies. The Czech-American, Milena Jelinek, adapted this moving story from the the novel The Forgotten Light, by the 1930s Czech writer/poet and Catholic priest Jakub Deml. (1934)
Czech Republic
IMDb  7.0 /10
Creators
Director Vladimír Michálek
Writer Jakub Deml
Writer Milena Jelínek
Information
Release Date1996-12-19
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards8 wins & 5 nominations.
CompanyCeská Televize, Studio Fáma 92
CountryCzech Republic
LanguageCzech
Petr Kavan
Petr Kavan
Francek
Antonín Kinský
Antonín Kinský
Count Kinský
Vicar Kubista
Richard Metznarowski
Richard Metznarowski
Chapter's Vicar
Krystof Hanzlík
Krystof Hanzlík
Doctor
Miroslav Knoz
Miroslav Knoz
Archbishop
Agáta Pracharová
Agáta Pracharová
Eliska (as Agáta Hanychová)
Michal Prikryl
Michal Prikryl
STB Officer

Forgotten Light

Forgotten Light (Czech: Zapomenuté světlo) is a 1996 Czech film directed by Vladimír Michálek. The screenplay by Czech-American Milena Jelinek is based on a 1934 book by Jakub Deml which is considered a masterpiece of Czech literature of the 20th century. The film was the Czech Republic's submission to the 70th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.

The protagonist is Father Holý, a village priest, who battles the state and religious bureaucracies of 1980s Czechoslovakia to raise money for a new church roof. Permeated by his love for the villagers, his encounters are marked by his good humor. In his losing battle against Church and State, Holý is ordered transferred away from his parish and his allies.


Cast

  • Bolek Polívka as Vicar Holý
  • Veronika Žilková as Marjánka
  • Petr Kavan as Francek
  • Jiří Pecha as Klíma
  • Antonín Kinský as Count Kinský
  • Jiří Lábus as Vicar Kubišta
  • Richard Metznarowski as Chapter's Vicar