This is a tragicomic story about boys who even in times of war remember how to play soldiers, dream of heroic deeds, spy on girls, show off in front of friends, and make up fantastic adventures. With the same naive childishness they face grim events of war and everyday village life. Despite the impact of early normalization introduced by the regime, director Stefan Uher succeeded in turning Milan Ferko and Elo Havetta’s screenplay into a vivid picture on a theme so often romanticized and distorted by ideology.
Štefan Uher (June 4, 1930, Prievidza − March 29, 1993, Bratislava) was a Slovak film director, one of the founders of the “Czechoslovak New Wave”.
He graduated from the FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague in 1955. Among his fellow students were future directors Martin Hollý Jr. and Peter Solan who also began to work at the Koliba film studios (then called the Feature Film Studio and the Short Film Studio) in Bratislava after graduation.
Uher first worked in the short film division. The Sun in a Net was his second feature film. His first one was We from Study Group 9-A (My z deviatej A, 1962) about the life of a group of 15-year-old students and their school.
Uher followed The Sun in a Net by two more films with the same author-screenwriter Alfonz Bednár and cameraman − Stanislav Szomolányi, later professor of cinematography at the University of Performing Arts, Bratislava: The Organ (Organ, 1964), and Three Daughters (Tri dcéry… read more