Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Up and Down
(Horem pádem)

Year: 2004
Language: Czech, English, German, Russian
Run Time: 108 minutes

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"A person takes risks like this so that he can visit Thailand and eat deep-fried bat," says Goran to his partner-in-crime Milan after a near miss with the border patrol. The two just successfully trafficked a truck-full of illegal Indian immigrants over the Slovak-Czech border, but they aren't in the clear yet. In their haste to dispose of their passengers, Goran and Milan drive off with a baby in the truck bed. Upon discovering the accidental stowaway, they decide the small child may be the perfect way to make an extra buck. But who wants to buy a baby? The answer may be in Miluska who is desperate to become a mother. But her soccer-obsessed husband Franta has a criminal record, which makes them ineligible for adoption. Meanwhile, social worker Hana has been assigned to find the lost baby, but her own family is on the verge of a breakdown. In UP AND DOWN, Hrebejk interrogates the notion of the home, on both personal and national levels, within the travails of this eclectic group of Czech characters. (In English, Czech, German, and Russian with subtitles) – E.J.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Petr Jarchovsky, Jan Hrebejk

Jan H?ebejk

Jan Hrebejk studied together with his frequent scriptwriter Petr Jarchovsky at high school and then at FAMU, an arts college in Prague for film and television.

"Big Beat" (1993), "Cosy Dens" (1999), "Divided We Fall" (2000), "Pupendo" (2003), UP AND DOWN (2004), "Beauty in Trouble" (2006), "Teddybear" (2007), "Shameless" (2008), "Kawasaki's Rose" (2009)

Ondrej Trojan

Jan Malir

Vladimir Barak

Principal Cast
Petr Forman, Emilia Vasaryova, Natasa Burger, Jan Triska, Ingrid Timkova, Marek Daniel, Jan Budar, Vaclav Havel, Jaroslav Ducek

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