Up and Down (film)

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Up and Down
Directed by Jan Hřebejk
Produced by Ondřej Trojan
Written by Jan Hřebejk
Petr Jarchovský
Starring Jirí Machácek
Petr Forman
Jan Tříska
Emília Vášáryová
Natasa Burger
Music by Ales Brezina
Cinematography Jan Malír
Edited by Vladimír Barák
Distributed by Falcon
Sony Classics
Release date
  • May 19, 2004 (2004-05-19)
(at Cannes)
  • 16 September 2004 (2004-09-16)
(Czech Republic)
  • 5 September 2004 (2004-09-05)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Czech Republic
Language Czech
Budget $2,000,000[1]
Box office $2,705,163

Up and Down (Czech: Horem pádem) is a 2004 Czech comedy film directed by Jan Hřebejk. The film first premiered in France at the Cannes Film Market on May 19, 2004.

The film was the Czech Republic's submission to the 77th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


Milan and Goran 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 and Eman, who are responsible for running an illegal baby adoption center. Lubos and Eman make attempts to sell the baby to Miluska and Frantisek, a barren couple. Concurrently a university professor is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, setting into action a complicated train of family reunions, partings, and conflicts.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Czech Lion

  • Won, "Best Actress" - Emília Vášáryová
  • Won, "Best Director" - Jan Hřebejk
  • Won, "Best Film"
  • Won, "Best Film Poster" - Ales Najbrt
  • Won, "Best Screenplay" - Petr Jarchovský
  • Won, "Critics' Award" - Jan Hřebejk
  • Nominated, "Best Actor" - Jirí Machácek
  • Nominated, "Best Art Direction" - Milan Býcek & Katarina Bielikova
  • Nominated, "Best Cinematography" - Jan Malír
  • Nominated, "Best Music" - Ales Brezina
  • Nominated, "Best Sound" - Michal Holubec
  • Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor" - Petr Forman
  • Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor" - Jan Tříska
  • Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" - Ingrid Timková

Pilsen Film Festival

  • Won, "Best Film"


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