Daleká cesta

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The film traces the path of Czech Jews to Germany’s extermination camps, using the fictional narrative of the Kaufmann family from Prague. The daughter, Hana, is a doctor. After the Nazis occupy Czechoslovakia, she marries her gentile colleague Dr Antonín Bureš. But the marriage does not save Hana’s parents from being deported to Theresienstadt. When Antonín secretly infiltrates the camp, he is forced to confront not only the degrading conditions there, but also that his in-laws have already been “sent east”, meaning to Auschwitz, Majdanek, or Sobibor … Director Alfréd Radok was himself interned in a work camp and lost close relatives to the concentration camps. With Daleká cesta, he created an artistically effectual portrayal of the horrors of the Holocaust. The narrative is continually interrupted by documentary footage, linking the fate of the individuals to contemporary history, and concentrating the narrative segments into a nightmarish, expressionist danse macabre. Daleká cesta disappeared from Czech cinemas shortly after its release in 1949 and was not shown again until 1991. World premiere of the digitally restored version.
by Alfréd Radok
With Blanka Waleská, Otomar Krejča, Viktor Očásek, Zdeňka Baldová, Eduard Kohout, J. O. Martin, Josef Chvalina, Anna Vaňková, Jiří Plachý, Saša Rašilov
Czechoslovakia 1949 Czech 103’ Black/White, 4K DCP Documentary form Digitally restored version 2019

With

  • Blanka Waleská
  • Otomar Krejča
  • Viktor Očásek
  • Zdeňka Baldová
  • Eduard Kohout
  • J. O. Martin
  • Josef Chvalina
  • Anna Vaňková
  • Jiří Plachý
  • Saša Rašilov

Crew

DirectorAlfréd Radok
ScreenplayMojmír Drvota, Erik Kolár, Alfréd Radok
StoryErik Kolár
CinematographyJosef Střecha, Jaromir Holpuch
EditingJiřina Lukešová
MusicJiří Sternwald
SoundJosef Vlček
Art DirectorFrantišek Tröster, Jan Pacák
CostumesJan Kropáček, František Mádl

Produced by

Československý státní film

Additional information

DCP: Národní filmovy archiv, Praha, restoration supervised by Národní filmový archiv and carried out at Universal Productions Partners (UPP).