On the Roof

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On the Roof

Original title: Na střeše
Director: Jiří Mádl
Cast: Alois Švehlík, Duy Anh Tran, Mária Bartalos, Vojtěch Dyk, Adrian Jastraban
Country: Czech Republic
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 97
Language: Czech, Vietnamese
Sales: FALCON a.s.
Section: Special Screening: Jury

This comedy drama about an improbable friendship intertwines the lives of the ageing professor Rypar and Song, a young man from Vietnam. Song hopes to find a better life in Europe, but instead ends up as cheap labour in a marijuana grow house. During a police raid, he manages to escape and hides on the roof of a condo building. And that is where he's discovered by the lonely old man who lives in the past and the present irritates him. Will they be able to help each other?

Jiří Mádl

One of today's most frequently cast young actors, having gained fame with Snowboarders, a comedy which earned him a Discovery of the Year nomination. He won a Crystal Globe for the Best Actor at Karlovy Vary IFF for his role in Night Owls, making him the youngest winner. His directing debut was To See the Sea, and On the Roof was nominated for a Czech Lion Award.

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