Jan Hřebejk

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Jan Hřebejk at 51st KVIFF (2016)

Jan Hřebejk (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦr̝ɛbɛjk]; born 27 June 1967) is a Czech film director.

Life and career[edit]

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 Naked-on. This screenplay was filmed in 1990 as a full-length feature by director Ondřej Trojan and cameraman Asen Šopov.

His 2009 film Kawasaki's Rose was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards,[1] but it didn't make the final shortlist.[2]



  • Charity Benefit ("Dobročinný večírek", 1992)
  • Czech Soda ("Česká soda", 1993-97) - show, TV-series
  • GEN: The Gallery of the Nation's Elite ("GEN: Galerie elity národa", 1993-94) - documentary
  • GENUS ("GENUS", 1995-96) - documentary
  • 60 ("60", 1996) - documentary
  • How's the Living ("Jak se žije", 1997) - short documentary, TV-series
  • Where Stars Fall ("Kde padají hvězdy", 1996) - TV series
  • The Last Concert ("Poslední koncert", 1997)
  • The Window ("Okno, 1997) - short
  • The Good News ("Dobrá zpráva", 1997)
  • Tomorrow There Will Be... ("Zítra se bude..., 2010) - opera


  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Experience ("Co všechno chcete vědět o sexu a bojíte se to prožít", 1988") - student movie
  • Whisper ("Šeptej", 1996) as Woody
  • Year of the Devil ("Rok ďábla", 1996)
  • Amazing Rock'n'roll in the Czech Republic, or Go Jack, go ("Úžasný rokenrol v Čechách aneb Jeď, Honzo, jeď", 2002) as Himself
  • The Operation Hockey ("Operace Hokejdo", 2004) as Himself
  • The Greatest of the Czechs ("Největší z Čechů", 2010) as předseda grantové komise
  • The Freaky Years of the Czech Film ("Rozmarná léta českého filmu", 2011) - documentary, as Himself

Other contributions[edit]

  • Let's Sing the Song Naked-on ("Pějme píseň dohola", 1990) - writer and narrator


  1. ^ "Czech film Kawasaki's Rose to compete for Oscar". ceskenoviny. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 

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