Courage for Every Day

This existential study of a young worker who has found the meaning of life in political engagement and, after criticizing the cult of personality, seeks a way out of a severe moral crisis, speaks of the bitterness of a generation „deceived by history“.

Každý den odvahu
Czechoslovakia 1964
  • English
90 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 12. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Together with Jaromil Jireš’s The Joke, this directorial feature debut by Evald Schorm is the most incisive attempt to capture the all-pervasive moral enervation of Czech society in the early 1960s, when party bureaucracy prevailed and ideals simply became empty phrases. The victim here isn’t an opponent of the regime, but a loyal young labourer affiliated with the Socialist Youth Movement, who experiences a growing sense of painful disenchantment with the communist cause. This penetrating, psychological character study, heightened by a sober acting performance, renders the film a timeless statement of blind faith which, followed by disillusionment, leads to a destructive existential crisis. The film will be screened in its new, digitally restored version.

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Director: Evald Schorm
Screenplay: Antonín Máša
Cinematography: Jan Čuřík
Music: Jan Klusák
Sound: František Šindelář, Bohumír Brunclík
Editing: Josef Dobřichovský
Production Design: Jan Oliva
Producer: Josef Ouzký
Costumes: Marta Bártová
Cast: Jana Brejchová, Jan Kačer, Josef Abrhám, Vlastimil Brodský, Jiřina Jirásková, Olga Scheinpflugová, Václav Trégl, Jan Libíček

Locarno International Film Festival

1966 – Evald Schorm (Grand Prix – Feature Film)

  • This film is available until 31. 12. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.