Something Different

Direction
Year 
1963
Country
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
82min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

In 1963 Věra Chytilová debuted with this feature film based on her own story idea. It simultaneously tells the stories of two thirtysomething women who have never met but who at different levels have to grapple with the same problem. Feeling squeezed between the monotony of their everyday lives, and their desire for change, are Eva, a female gymnast, and Věra, an ordinary housewife. Eva is determined to round off her career as a top sports woman with some very substantial contests, while Věra grants herself some “respite” from caring for her husband and son through a love affair which, ultimately, requires a solution. In the end, however, neither of the protagonists take advantage of the chance that presents itself to them… The then 34 year-old Chytilová explores what would go on to long endure as her beloved theme: women’s emancipation. In the process, she combines, true to the spirit of the New Wave of Czechoslovak cinema, performances by both professional and amateur actors. Whereas the sports woman’s storyline approaches the documentary format – thanks to a cast that includes real-life gymnast Eva Bosáková and her fellow athletes – Věra’s story is purely fictitious and is grounded in the acting skills of Věra Uzelacová, Josef Langmiler and Jiři Kodet.

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Details

  • Original Title
    O něčem jiném
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Věra Chytilová
  • Cast
    Eva Bosáková, Věra Uzelacová, Josef Langmiler, Jiří Kodet, Milivoj Uzelac ml., Jaroslava Matlochová, Luboš Ogoun, Vladimír Bosák, Dagmar Cejnková, Jiří Cejnek, Oldřich Červinka, Rudolf Kyznar, Věra Čáslavská, František Filipovský, Antonín Bahenský, Helena
  • Cinematography
    Jan Čuřík
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Music
    Jiří Šlitr
  • Sound
    Miloslav Hůrka
  • Runtime
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    1963
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
      • Národní filmový archiv
      • Malešická 12
      • 130 00 Praha 3
      • Czech Republic
      • web: http://www.nfa.cz/
      • tel: +420 271 770 500
      • fax: +420 271 770 501
      • e-mail: nfa@nfa.cz
  • Awards
    • Cena polského Klubu filmové kritiky 1964
    • Odměna za celovečerní film, Umělecká soutěž k 20. výročí osvobození Československa 1965
    • Čestná uznání Československého filmu a Svazu československých dramatických a filmových umělců za rok 1963
    • Zvláštní cena poroty ex aequo, Mezinárodní festival osvobozené kinematografie Porretta Terme 1964
    • Velká cena města Mannheimu, 12. mezinárodní filmový týden Mannheim 1963

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