In 1977, the adventure books of author Eduard Štorch inspired a trio of “prehistoric” films from director Jan Schmidt. Osada Havranů (The Ravens' Stronghold) forms the first instalment in this trilogy (the other two are Na Veliké řece – On the Big River; and Volání rodu – Indivisible Clan). The hero of the tale is young boy Havranpírko, or “Little Raven Feather”. The film tells the story of how little Havranpírko arrives on the currents of an overflowing river, and is accepted into the Order of the Ravens. The youngster is only received in his new home due to a sacred sign. But Havranpírko is afforded genuine protection by the brave hunter Sokol, or “Falcon”, who trains the young boy to become a courageous warrior... This adventure tale, geared towards younger audiences, serves an educational purpose, offering viewers a somewhat idealised view of life in prehistoric times. Alongside child non-actor Ludvík Hradílk, Jiří Bartoška shines as the stout Sokol.
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