In their sixth feature-length film, screenwriter Petr Jarchovský and director Jan Hřebejk – as in the tragicomedy Up and Down – touch upon complex inter-personal relationships in modern Czech society. The heroine of this love story inspired by the poem of the same name by Robert Graves, is an ordinary young woman, Marcela, who has to decide between two men: her undeserving but beloved husband, and an affable, well situated elderly foreigner. The elegant Czech-Italian represents a secure future for Marcela and her two children, and if good sense were guiding her, she wouldn’t hesitate. A central role in this narrative which, according to its creators, is about “sex, money and a good person”, however, is also given over to the heroine’s complicated family relations. Using a simple plot reminiscent of a story from a dime novel, the experienced filmmakers develop an intricate genre piece with an unexpected ending. –KVIFF
Jan Hřebejk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦr̝ɛbɛjk]) (born June 27, 1967 in Prague) is a Czech film director. Born in Prague, Hřebejk studied together with his classmate Petr Jarchovský at high school. Now Jarchovsky is a frequent collaborator as a screenwriter. From 1987 to 1991, Hřebejk studied screenplay and dramaturgy at FAMU, an arts college in Prague for film and television.
During his FAMU studies, Hřebejk directed and produced two short films, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Experience (1988) and 1948 AD (1989), to a script written by his classmate Petr Zelenka. His professional directorial debut was a short film for Czech TV, You Do Nothing Because You’ve Got No Good Reason (1991). His films caught the attention of viewers and critics, and entered student film festivals.
Together with Petr Jarchovský, during his FAMU studies, he wrote a comedy screenplay, inspired by his background at a pioneer summer camp, Let’s Sing the Song… read more