Archive of films Kawasaki's Rose / Kawasakiho růže
2009, 95 min
Section: Czech Films 2009-2010
Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation” medal, however, it transpires that this reputedly morally irreproachable dissident once collaborated with state security agencies, informing on a former friend of his wife, Bořek, and ultimately being responsible for the latter’s forced emigration. Josek’s family and close friends try to come to terms with these new facts. But which (and whose) truth is at stake here? In a story about guilt, punishment, forgiveness and remorse, experienced director Jan Hřebejk tries his hand at psychological drama for the first time. The film won two Czech Lions and the Ecumenical Jury and C.I.C.A.E. Awards in the Panorama section at this year’s Berlinale.
Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation” medal but it transpires that this reputedly morally irreproachable dissident once collaborated with state security agencies, informing on his wife’s former boyfriend. Josek’s family and close friends try to come to terms with these new facts – each in his own way, with differing opinions, feelings and memories, none of which necessarily reflects the truth. But which truth is at stake here? Director Jan Hřebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovský have examined socially oppressive themes before. However, in a story about guilt, punishment, forgiveness and remorse, they have moved away from comic hyperbole in order to try their hand at psychological drama. The film, whose title was inspired by the name given to what is supposedly the most difficult origami model (its complexity reflecting the relationships between the main protagonists), won Czech Lions for the actors in the supporting roles, Ladislav Chudík and Daniela Kolářová. The film opened the Panorama section at this year’s Berlinale.
About the director
Jan Hřebejk (b. 1967, Prague) has been asserting his position as a commercially successful and critically acclaimed Czech director since his feature debut, the retro-musical Big Beat (1993). His films have won him a series of Czech and international awards. Filmography: the family tragicomedy Cosy Dens (1999 – FIPRESCI Award and Special Mention at KVIFF), the bitter-sweet tale set during the Nazi occupation Divided We Fall (2000 – Czech Lion for Best Director, Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film), the "normalisation” tragicomedy Pupendo (2003), the tear-jerking comedy set in the present Up and Down (2004 – Czech Lions for Best Director and Best Film, among others), the love story Beauty in Trouble (2006 – three Czech Lions, Special Jury Prize at KVIFF), the generational tragicomedy Teddy Bear (2007) and the acerbic comedies I’m All Good and Shameless (both 2008).
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Czech Films 2009-2010|
|Dir. of Photography:||Martin Šácha|
|Producer:||Rudolf Biermann, Tomáš Hoffman|
|Production:||In Film Praha, INFINITY Prague Ltd.|
|Cast:||Lenka Vlasáková, Daniela Kolářová, Martin Huba, Milan Mikulčík, Antonín Kratochvíl, Petra Hřebíčková, Ladislav Chudík, Martin Schulz, Anna Šimonová, Isao Onoda|
|Contact:||In Film Praha s.r.o., Menemsha Films, Inc. , Bontonfilm, a.s.|
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