Winter 1967. The officer and Party hardliner Šebek is engaged in an argument with Czech nationalist Kraus, who was incarcerated during the Nazi occupation. Surrounded by bourgeois piano music and a Socialist Christmas ritual with “unbreakable” Polish egg-cups, Šebek and Kraus cross swords in the manner of Don Camillo and Peppone. Just when the love that has sprung up between their two children seems likely to reconcile the discordant neighbours, the roar of Soviet tanks strikes up outside their window.
As its healthy box-office performance showed, this comedy fuelled by the anecdotal power of everyday life struck a chord with viewers.
35mm | Farbe / colour
Miroslav Donutil, Jiři Kodet, Simona Stašová, Emília Vašáryová, Eva Holubová, Boleslav Polívka, Stella Zázvorková, Jiři Krejčík, Jaroslav Duaek, Michael Beran, Kristýna Nováková
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Jan Hřebejk - born 1967 in Prague. Studied dramaturgy at Prague FAMU. The comedy PELIŠKY and the Oscar-nominated MUSIME SI POMÁHAT made Hřebejk popular with cinema-goers. As well as feature films he has made documentaries, music videos and commercials.
CO VŠECHNO CHCETE VĚDĚT O SEXU A BOJÍTE SE TO PROŽÍT (1988, short)
L.P. 1948 (1989, short)
NEDĚLEJTE NIC, POKUD K TOMU NEMÁTE VÁŽNÝ DŮVOD (1991, short)
DOBROČINNÝ VEČÍREK (1992, TV)
ŠAKALÍ LÉTA (1993, Cottbus 1995, 2004)
KDE PADAJI HVĚZDY (1996, TV)
MUSIME SI POMÁHAT (2000, Cottbus 2000)
PUPENDO (2003, Cottbus 2003)
HOREM PÁDEM (2004, Cottbus 2004)
KRÁSKA V NESNÁZÍCH (2006)