Jan Hrebejk

Jan Hřebejk is a Czech film writer and director whose first film Pelisky (Cosy Dens) from 1999 deals with the complex social implications of the Prague Spring in 1968 as an intelligent comedy and won two awards at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival . His second film Musíme si pomáhat (Divided We Fall) in 2000 pictures the situation of a Czech couple hiding a Jew during World War II and equally combines a humor with serious subject matter. It was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film" and won audience awards at many festivals. His later works Horem pádem (Up and Down) in 2004, Kráska v nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) in 2006, a prize-winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and Kawasakiho ruze (Kawasaki's Rose) in 2009, which won two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, continue to illustrate the high quality of contemporary Czech cinema. After Svatá Ctverice (The Holy Quaternity), which was released in 2012, Jan Hřebejk directed several series for Czech television. His latest project as a director, Ucitelka, is currently in post-production.