Archive of films Grandhotel / Grandhotel

Czech Republic
2006, 95 min

Section: Czech Films 2006-2007
Year: 2007

30-year-old oddball Fleischman works in a hotel on Ještěd mountain as a service engineer and dreams about clouds and about one day leaving the frontiers of his home town. How will the timid chambermaid Ilja affect his life? The tragicomedy by David Ondříček, made in collaboration with writer Jaroslav Rudiš, won two Czech Lion awards and was screened in the Panorama section at this year’s Berlin IFF and also at the IFF in San Francisco.


At the top of Ještěd mountain above Liberec the weather changes every minute, while 30-year-old oddball Fleischman, who works as a maintenance man for the local hotel, also maintains his own opinions, whatever the weather. He shuts himself off in his own little world, where it seems the only thing which interests him is meteorology. In reality, he is desperate to leave the confines of his native town. Then the timid new chambermaid Ilja unexpectedly enters his life, who has passively succumbed to the whims of her ambitious lover, the waiter Patka, for too long. Boss Jégr and the old Sudeten German Franz also play an important role in Fleischman’s life… The screenplay for David Ondříček’s tragicomedy was penned in association with writer Jaroslav Rudiš, who wrote the novel of the same name. The film, making use of the unique atmosphere of the futuristic hotel on Ještěd, was nominated for seven Czech Lion awards and took away two statuettes (for music – Jan P. Muchow, and sound – Pavel Rejholec, Jakub Čech). It was screened at this year’s Berlin IFF in the Panorama section, and also at the IFF in San Francisco.

About the director

David Ondříček (b. 1969, Prague) is the son of cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček, yet he, himself, was drawn to film direction. He studied documentary film at Prague’s FAMU (1993) and began in 1990 making a name for himself directing short films, including one about artist Theodor Pištěk (1991). In 1996 he debuted with a tragicomedy based on his own screenplay, Whisper. This was followed by the bitter-sweet comedy Loners (2000), which was nominated for ten Czech Lions and was acclaimed outside the country (e.g. FIPRESCI prize at the Mannheim IFF). Three years later he made the black comedy One Hand Can’t Clap (2003 – two Czech Lions for music and supporting actor). Last year he gained recognition for his film Grandhotel. He was also producer on the last three films mentioned, via his production company Lucky Man Films.


Lucky Man Films s.r.o.
Na Maninách 1590/29, 170 00, Praha
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 999 841

Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 415 111
Fax: +420 257 415 113

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Czech Films 2006-2007
Director: David Ondříček
Screenplay: Jaroslav Rudiš
Dir. of Photography: Richard Řeřicha
Music: Jan P. Muchow
Editor: Michal Lánský
Producer: David Ondříček, Kryštof Mucha
Production: Lucky Man Films s.r.o.
Cast: Marek Taclík, Klára Issová, Jaroslav Plesl, Jaromír Dulava, Ladislav Mrkvička, Dita Zábranská
Contact: Lucky Man Films s.r.o., Bontonfilm, a.s.
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.


David Ondříček

Film Director, Producer

Jaroslav Plesl

Actor, Actor

Klára Issová


Marek Taclík


Jan Muchow

Music Composer

Aleš Danielis


Marek Jeníček

Distributor, Producer

Přemysl Martinek

Festival Organizer, Film Institution Rep.


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