New Czech film Up and Down hits cinemas around the country
The creators of Up and Down are no to strangers to the film industry, in fact they are very well known: the duo of director Jan Hrebejk & screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky already have a good number of films behind them. Internationally the most successful was probably "Divided We Fall" - a tragicomic story about a family hiding a Jewish man in their flat in Nazi-occupied Bohemia.
The author of the screenplay Petr Jarchovsky admits that racism is one of the film's major topics but he refuses the idea of film as being little more than social analysis.
"I have to stress at the end of the day it's still a feature film - telling a story. It's not a sociological study about minorities or migration or these sorts of problems. It just tells a story of particular people we made up. I hope it's attractive for the viewer and that it is able to affect or excite him or her in some way. In my work I never set-out to film a subject per se like shooting a film against war or about the Holocaust. It just happens that I find a story about characters set in a certain time period against a certain backdrop, with its own specific problems that then come to the forefront."
The film will strike you with strong contrasts and transitions between comedy and tragedy. Its director Jan Hrebejk admits it's no coincidence.
While watching the film there are many moments when you aren't sure whether to laugh or cry. Mixed emotions might be the consequence. But if you like surprises don't hesitate and go to see it!