Jan Hřebejk

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 humoristic genre 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 in 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, Hřebejk directed several series for Czech television. His feature film Ucitelka, premiered at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where it received the “Best actress” award for Zuzan Mauréry. In 2017 he worked on a trilogy Zahradnictví for Czech television and directed several episodes of other TV series like Rédl, Zivé terce and Místo zlocinu Ostrava between 2018 and 2020. He directed a TV film Veterán which was broadcasted in 2020 and directed other several TV series since then: Místo zlocinu Ostrava, Bozí mlýny, Pozadí událostí and Iveta for the Czech television.