Giant and Skiers

A charming children's film about the hard life of poor glassmakers, the modern-day Krakonoš and a brand new invention, a new invention called skis.

Krakonoš a lyžníci
Czechoslovakia 1980
73 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Matěj and Jenda, two of the eight children of the poor Pelc family in the Giant Mountains, help in a glassworks where the oldest brother Francek works. They hide into a tub not to be seen by supervisors checking on the ban of children labour. On their way home they are passed by a fast moving big man with a large backpack. The boys send the customs officers, who are pursuing the strange man, to the opposite direction. The man then thanks them and rewards them the next day. Based on fairy-tales and legends the boys think the man is Krakonoš (the giant living and ruling in the Giant Mountains). Skis that Krakonoš (a smuggler in reality) uses for his smuggling trips across the frontiers spread quickly about the mountains.

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Director: Věra Plívová-Šimková
Screenplay: Jana Knitlová
Cinematography: Emil Sirotek
Music: Petr Hapka
Sound: Jiří Kříž, Karel Jaroš
Editing: Eva Bobková
Production Design: Vladimír Labský
Producer: Jaroslav Kučera
Costumes: Šárka Hejnová
Cast: Karel Heřmánek, Milan Padalík, Jan Kreidl, Viktor Král, Vanda Krňanská, Ondřej Havelka, Jiří Prýmek, Karel Augusta, Václav Helšus
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.