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Up and Down (Horempádem, 2004)
Czech Republic

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Cast: Petr Forman, Emília Vásáryová, Jan Tríska, Jirí Machácek
Genre: Comedy, drama


Two criminals trafficking people across the Czech-Slovak border find that a baby has been left in their truck after kicking all the immigrants out of it. Now their lives will intertwine with those of a couple dedicated to illegal adoptions, a married couple who can’t procreate, a terminally ill man, and a social worker. A one-of-a-kind adventure is set in motion as Eurochannel presents the award-winning Up and Down.

Directed by the most important Czech filmmaker since the 2000s, Jan Hrebejk, Up and Down provides the director’s first contemporary film ― all of his previous filming endeavors having taken place in the days of the bygone Czechoslovakia. In this film,three interwoven tragicomic stories about the loss and recovery of love, friendship, and family come to life.

This witty mix of drama and comedy came into being because of “the power and simultaneous fragility of the world,” according to director Jan Hrebejk. “Our characters are both heroes and victims of today’s globalized world, a world in which love and hate seem to roam so indiscriminately,” added Hrebejk. And more precisely, Up and Down has a central theme ― conflict. The old bourgeois values versus a new liberalism, the young versus the old, racism and plain old relationships ― all delivered through sensational comedy.

Up and Down was selected as the Czech Republic official entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the 2004 Academy Awards.

Eurochannel invites you to enjoy one of the masterpieces of modern Czech cinema, and go from laughter to tears with the unlikely yet hilarious events of a collection of characters trying to get away with mischief!


Milan (Jan Budar) and Goran (Zdenek Suchý) are two criminals who smuggle illegal immigrants. One night after they complete a smuggle, they discover that one of the immigrants has left a baby behind. Milan and Goran decide to sell the baby to Lubos (Marek Daniel) and Eman (Pavel Liska), who are responsible for running an illegal baby adoption center. Lubos and Eman make attempts to sell the baby to Miluska (Natasa Burger) and Frantisek (Jirí Machácek), a barren couple.

Festivals and Awards:

• Czech Lions (Czech Film Academy)
 - Best Film
- Best Director (Jan Hrebejk)
 - Best Screenplay (Petr Jarchovský)
 - Best Actress (EmíliaVásáryová)
 - Best Film Poster (Ales Najbrt)

• Pilsen Film Festival
 - Best Film

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