“Teaser is just a tasting, but we will definitely present the classic longer trailer by Christmas,” director Jan Svěrák told the media, adding that this time the father and son were joined by another Svěrák, son and grandson František, a film editor.
“Because we expanded the team with another Svěrák, we were at the family cottage all summer and at work at the same time,” the director revealed and further explained: “A editing room was set up in the former children’s clubhouse, where our three generations could meet every day over the joint work.
The screenplay of Bethlehem Light is based on the book bestsellers Stories and New Stories by Zdeněk Svěrák. It is the story of a writer whose characters come to life from his own short stories. These were played, for example, by Vojtěch Kotek, Tereza Ramba, Ondřej Vetchý, Vladimír Javorský or Jitka Čvančarová. The wife of the writer Šejnoh was played by Daniela Kolářová. “When I saw the first shots, I was horrified as I hunched over and squinted. The next day I took a brisk step and straightened up, but the director and the cameraman forbade me to rejuvenate. So you’ll see me as I am in the film. It’s comical, but I find it rather tragic, “ noted the author of the original Zdeněk Svěrák.
“The light of Bethlehem is about finding harmony in life, about the border between balance and resignation, and we are distracting this difficult subject with humor.” advised by Jan Svěrák. Vladimír Smutný was behind the camera, who has been collaborating with the Svěrákovs since the film Kolja. Architect Ján Vlasák and costume designer Simona Rybáková also took part in the film, and the editor of the family tradition, the director’s son and the grandson of the main character, editor František Svěrák, took over the editing for the first time.
As Veronika Frantová from the distribution company Magic Box Slovakia informed, the premiere of the film was scheduled for April 2022, but the teaser already shows March. “The film will be ready by then, so there’s no reason to wait with the release.” concluded Jan Svěrák.