Euroregion Elbe/Labe

»Kulový blesk« (Ball lightning) at the Czech Film Wednesday

05.04.2023 • 20:00 o'clock • Zentralkino Dresden

Fast-paced cult comedy from 1979 with a critical background

»Kulový blesk« (Ball lightning) (© Státní fond kinematografie)

© Statní fond cinematography

The film "Kulový blesk" is about a ring exchange of apartments with 12 parties involved. Everyone has to move on the same day, everything has to work, otherwise the chain will fall apart. dr Radosta is an experienced organizer of such actions, but there has never been a 12-ring exchange. This is world-class moving! And it's like watching for fleas. There is always someone wanting to change something, wanting to get an advantage, or has changed their mind and prefers not to move. Some get divorced, others have to marry quickly beforehand. dr Radosta and Knotek, his semi-voluntary assistant, have their hands full. And when it starts, of course, everything gets much worse.

This movie runs in the series "Czech Movie Wednesday".

In this comedy about multiple home swaps, screenwriters Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak once again demonstrated a rare ability to transform the reality of normalization into an imaginative and intelligent spectacle for the audience. Behind the facade of this madcap comedy that has achieved cult status shimmers a testament to Czechoslovakia in the late 1970s. From the inventor Severin to the psychologist Knotek to the lawyer Radost, the film is about heroes who cannot realize themselves in a normal way and who waste their creative potential on nothing. The playful futility of a bonded existence is symbolized by Severin's "Train from Vizovice".

The comedy full of situational comedy and unforgettable "sayings" does not lack touching moments typical of the work of Zdeněk Svěrák, who plays the doctor Ječný in the film. Ladislav Smoljak, who played the inventor Severin, also makes his debut as a film director.


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Czechoslovakia 1978, 82 min, original subtitles

Director: Ladislav Smoljak, Zdeněk Podskalský

Actors: Rudolf Hrušínský, Karel Kalaš, Josef Abrhám, Daniela Kolářová, Bedřich Prokoš, Zita Kabátová, Milada Ježková, Ladislav Smoljak

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The Zentralkino is located on the grounds of the (Kultur-) Kraftwerk Mitte (see site plan, no. 16). There are entrances at Wettiner Platz, from Könneritzstraße and from Ehrlichstraße.

From "Bahnhof Mitte" directions_railway directions_bus it is about 350 m, from "Haltepunkt Freiberger Straße" directions_railway directions_bus about 500 m walk to the cinema. Various tram lines also stop at both stations. From the stop "Schweriner Straße" directions_railway directions_bus it is 400 m.

The large car park for Kraftwerk Mitte is located behind the railway embankment. Access is from Löbtauer Straße. From the car park you can get to the cinema through a passageway and via Könneritzstraße.

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