DIVIDED WE FALL
Successes and Awards
Jan Hrebejk observes actor Boleslav Polivka
 
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Admittedly, Divided We Fall cannot boast the same phenomenal box office success as director Jan Hrebejk’s last film Cosy Dens, but in spite of that 243,061 viewers made it the fifth most successful Czech film of 2000.

The film has met with success at a wide variety of film festivals.

And the fact that it will be part of regular American distribution is something more than unusual for a Czech film. It is no easy task for a film from a small country in the middle of Europe to compete outside its own borders, but especially not in the United States, the Mecca of the film industry. Of course, success first came at domestic festivals, then at European, and finally at those in the US.

At the Finale Pilsen 2000 it won the main prize, the Golden Kingfisher and the Don Quixote Jury Prize. In the town of Nove Mesto nad Metuji in the Czech Republic, at a festival entitled Nove Mesto’s Barrel of Laughs 2000, the film won six awards: the Main Prize for director and screenwriter, the Audience Award, Best Actor (Boleslav Polivka and Jaroslav Dusek), Best Actress (Anna Siskova), Best Screenplay, and the Artistic Award (cameraman Jan Malir). At Febiofest 2001 it won the film columnists and critics award: a Kristian for Best Drama of 2000.

In March 2001 it won a total of five Czech Lions (all the main categories): film, director, screenplay, actress (Anna Siskova), actor (Boleslav Polivka).

Divided We Fall was nominated for the European Film Award (along with Loners and All My Closest), and at the Cottbus IFF it won the FIPRESCI Film Critics Award.

At the category “A” Montreal IFF in August 2000 it received great acclaim, and at the same time the first foreign reviews started coming out about the film.


 

Among others appraisals, prestigious Variety magazine wrote: “Divided We Fall, a masterfully balanced comedy-drama about a tough decision made by inhabitants of German-occupied Czechoslovakia at the end of the Second World War, treats this disquieting topic with grace, style, compassion, and splendid black humor. Even though the film will surely provoke heated discussion everywhere it is shown, at festivals and on every continent, this emotionally exhausting and absolutely inspiring film will lead a beautiful existence, with a solid afterlife on video... .”

 

In September 2000, the film was introduced to both Canadian and American audiences at the Vancouver IFF, where it was screened along with 300 other films shown to a total of 130,000 viewers. Divided We Fall took the People’s Choice Award for being the festival attendees favorite film.

At the Palm Springs IFF the film again won the Audience Award, this time while the producers and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky were in attendance. At the same time, a terrific review came out about the film in a local film magazine.

Director Jan Hrebejk flew over and together they traveled to Park City (where the Winter Olympics will take place next year) to the best known North American international festival of independent film - Sundance 2001. Founder and patron Robert Redford’s festival is a favorite haunt of big distribution companies. In the US every film which is not made at one of the huge Hollywood studios (which provide their own distribution) is considered independent.

Divided We Fall was included in the World Cinema section with 27 other non-American films, and had five screenings in the program. On January 27, 2001, the Czech delegation attended the main screening at the local Egyptian Theater. Afterward, the film received a standing ovation... .

Then negotiations began between the producers and Sony Pictures Classics - one of North Americas biggest distributors. A Contract was signed to distribute Divided We Fall in the USA and Canada on February 2, 2001.

On February 15, 2001, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for Best Foreign Language Film of 2000. Divided We Fall was one of the five nominated for this most prestigious award, known by the name of the statue given to the winner - Oscar.

   
 
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