Archive of films On the Roof / Na střeše

Czech Republic / Slovak Republic
2019, 100 min

Section: Czech Films 2018–2019
Year: 2019

A grumpy old man happens upon a young Vietnamese lad on the roof of his Prague apartment block and offers him a temporary home in his flat. The two very different individuals initially find it difficult to get along; however, they gradually discover that they need one another. Actor Jiří Mádl demonstrates his talent as a director in this small-scale piece interwoven with gentle humour.


Ageing professor Rypar discovers a Vietnamese boy called Song on the roof of his Prague apartment building. The lad is about to jump – he’s in a state because he hasn’t got any papers and the police caught him during a raid. Initially, Rypar doesn’t trust the wan-looking Song but then he offers him the job of cleaning his flat in order to ease his own solitary routine. He helps him to improve his Czech and also starts losing at chess, a game at which Song excels. This small-scale piece about an unlikely pair is supported by masterful performances, in particular from Alois Švehlík in the role of Rypar, who combines sarcasm with vulnerability. After his resourceful directorial debut To See the Sea, actor Jiří Mádl tells a universally comprehensible story about the simple fact that we all need somebody.

Jan Škoda

About the director

Jiří Mádl

Jiří Mádl (b. 1986, České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia). Filmography: To See the Sea (2014), On the Roof (2019)


Dawson Productions
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Czech Republic
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Czech Films 2018–2019
Director: Jiří Mádl
Screenplay: Jiří Mádl
Dir. of Photography: Martin Žiaran
Music: René Rypar
Editor: Jakub Vansa
Art Director: Adam Pitra
Producer: Monika Kristl
Production: Dawson Films s.r.o.
Coproduction: Hitchhiker Cinema s.r.o., Rozhlas a televizia Slovenska, Investito s.r.o., Česká televize, Barrandov Studio a.s., Innogy Česká republika a.s.
Cast: Alois Švehlík, Duy Anh Tran, Vojtěch Dyk, Mária Bartalos, Adrian Jastraban
Contact: Dawson Productions
Distributor: Falcon a.s.


Monika Kristlová


Michal Reitler


Martin Žiaran

Director of Photography

Alois Švehlík


Duy Anh Tran


Barbora Šonková


Jiří Mádl

Actor / Film Director


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