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Director:  Jan Hrebejk
Cinematography:  Jan Malir
Screenplay:  Petr Jarchovsky
Producer:  Ondrej Trojan
Music:  Ales Brezina
Cast:  Petr Forman , Emilia Vasaryova , Jiri Machacek , Natasa Burger , Jan Triska , Pavel Liska , Vaclav Havel (as himself)
Production:  Total HelpArt
International distribution:  Menemsha Entertainment
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UP AND DOWN
HOREM PADEM
UP AND DOWN
Czech Republic, 2004, 108 min, color

Up and Down is a witty and intelligent social commentary on class, race and global migration that locates its critique firmly within twin family dramas unfolding in contemporary Prague.
Oto is a professor living with the younger Hanka, a refugee support worker, and their daughter Lenka; they are quintessentially prim, guilty liberals. When Oto suffers a heart attack, he requests a reunion with his wife Vera and their son Martin, who has moved to Australia. Vera – a Russian translator – is a wacky but deeply wounded older woman, residing in a neighbourhood populated by refugees whom she vociferously dislikes. The broken family gathers together one day for an awkward luncheon. Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks, two men smuggle refugees across the border, but mistakenly take a woman’s baby with them after the drop-off. They take the infant to the local pawnshop, where the thugs in charge find a willing buyer in the form of desperately maternal Mila, whose husband Franta is a dull-witted but well-intentioned, reformed soccer hooligan. These two completely distinct narratives join together – appropriately for a post-Communist portrait – at the local Kentucky Fried Chicken.

JAN HREBEJK
JAN HREBEJK
Czech director, born in 1967 in Prague. Graduated in script editing and screenwriting from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU) where he gained recognition with his student films. He started making feature films with screenwriter Petr Jarchovský. Both he and Jarchovský worked on the script for Ondřej Trojan’s debut “Let’s Sing a Song” (1990) and on several episodes of the television series “Bachelors”. All of their films, each of which takes place in the recent past, have been smash hits and have won many awards. Jan Hřebejk has also published “Patosání”, a collection of poetry, and written four one-act plays for the Kašpar theatre group entitled “Ordinary Loves”. He has recently been successfully engaged as a director for the Pod Palmovkou Theatre in Prague. “Divided We Fall” was nominated for an Oscar for foreign language film in 2000.
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2003  Pupendo
2004  Up and Down
2007  Teddy Bear
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