Penelope (1978 film)

Penelope (Slovak: Penelopa) is a Slovak psychological drama film directed by Štefan Uher. Starring Božidara Turzonovová and Eva Kristínová, the movie was released on January 20, 1978.

Penelope
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Theatrical release poster
Original titlePenelopa
Directed byŠtefan Uher
Produced byJán Svikruha
Screenplay byAlfonz Bednár
Based onZa hrsť drobných
(series of novels)
Starring
Music bySvetozár Stračina
CinematographyStanislav Szomolányi
Edited byMaximilián Remeň
Distributed bySlovenská požičovňa filmov Bratislava
Release date
  • January 20, 1978 (1978-01-20)
Running time
88 minutes
CountriesCzechoslovakia
LanguageSlovak

Similarly as with some of previous works directed by Uher, such as Slnko v sieti (1962), he reunited with screenwriter Alfonz Bednár and cinematographer Stanislav Szomolányi.

PlotEdit

Restorer Eva Kamenická (Božidara Turzonovová) arrives to the village to repair frescoes of the heroines of ancient myths for the local castle. In daily life of the village inhabitants Eva soon finds some elements of ancient tragedy, especially in fate of a lonely old lady named Malovcová (Eva Kristínová). The woman, commonly referred to by locals as "Waitress of Change", awaits the return of her husband and son, who had gone to work in America twenty years ago. Eva sees in her a picture of the devoted and patient "Penelope", whose courage and faith impress young restorer. Experience gained while staying in the country turns into her own life decision. Not long after she becomes close with the Secretary of the Municipal Committee, Viktor (Michal Dočolomanský), she decides to leave her daughter Mima (Jana Čeligová) with selfish husband and start a new life.

CastEdit

  • Božidara Turzonovová - Eva Kamenická, restorer
  • Eva Kristínová - Mrs. Malovcová, "Waitress of Change"/"Penelopa"
  • Gustáv Valach - Kuzma, Sr.
  • Michal Dočolomanský - Viktor Kuzma, Secretary of the Municipal Committee
  • Ilja Prachař - Mišo Bajzlík
  • Dušan Blaškovič - Vertel
  • Milan Kiš - Gracík
  • Anton Šulík - Lovčan
  • Leopold Haverl - Stanko
  • Jaroslav Vrzala - Nemlaha
  • Igor Čillík - Ondro
  • Jiřina Jelenská - Zora/Zuza
  • Jana Nagyová - Verona
  • Michal Nesvadba - Fero

AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1978 Štefan Uher Czechoslovak Film Festival České Budějovice Direction - Special Mention Won [2]
1979 Božidara Turzonovová Film a Divadlo Awards Best Actress Won
Michal Dočolomanský Best Actor Won

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Penelopa". Czech-Slovak Film Database (in Czech and Slovak). POMO Media Group. csfd.cz. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  • Šmatláková, Renáta (ed.). "Penelopa". Slovak Film Database (in English and Slovak). Slovak Film Institute. sfd.sfu.sk. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
Specific
  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Penelopa - Awards". Film Database (in Czech). FDb. fdb.cz. Retrieved 2014-11-01.

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