Jan Hrebejk, screenwriter, film, television, and theater director
Petr Jarchovsky, film and television
screenwriter, script editor
Jarchovsky (b. 1966) and Jan Hrebejk (b. 1967) were
at high school together in Prague, and from 1987 to 1991 studied
screenwriting and script editing at Prague's Film Academy (FAMU).
While at school Jan Hrebejk directed and produced two films:
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID
TO EXPERIENCE (1988) and 1948 AD (1989). He then made his short
film debut with the television produced YOU DO NOTHING BECAUSE
YOU'VE GOT NO GOOD REASON (1991)-all three were from scripts
written by schoolmate Petr Zelenka. At the time, the films gained
both viewer and critical attention and numerous awards at student
Petr Jarchovsky's screenwriting debut came as one part of
the cycle VERY BELIEVABLE STORIES shot by another outstanding
fellow student, director Igor Chaun. He also wrote, with Jan
Hrebejk, another script which became the generation-gap comedy
set in a socialist youth camp, LET'S SING ALL AROUND (1990);
the film was (producer) Ondrej Trojan's directing debut, and
cameraman Asen Sopov's first try. It featured the young talents
of Anna Geislerova and Jan Semotan (Big Beat), both of
whom later went on to become part of a successful new generation
In 1992, Jan Hrebejk shot an interesting staging of his graduating
thesis, an adaptation of Egon Hostovsky's Charity Benefit
for Czech Television starring Jiri Kodet, Ivana Chylkova, and
The musical BIG BEAT, a retro-comedy set at the end of the
fifties when rock and roll hit Czechoslovakia, debuted in 1993.
Petr Jarchovsky wrote the script based on a story by Petr Sabach,
original music and lyrics came from singer-songwriter Ivan Hlas,
debut feature-film direction was provided by Jan Hrebejk, and
renowned veteran cameraman Jan Malir was behind the lens. The
film had strong box office success and won many prestigious
awards including Czech Lions for Best Director, Best Actor (Josef
Abrham), Best Original Score, and Best Film of 1993. Then in
1996, director Hrebejk and Jan Malir shot the children's television
series WHERE STARS FALL, sold to many countries around Europe.
Another success for the creative duo of Jarchovsky and Hrebejk
was the nontraditional triptych of stories for the television
series BACHELORS which won the 1997 Film and Television Association's
and the Literary Fund's prestigious awards for their contribution
to dramatic television programming.
The filmmakers who came together to make BIG BEAT formed such
a great creative-realization team that none hesitated to work
on COSY DENS and then on DIVIDED WE FALL.
And DIVIDED WE FALL is so far the latest collaborative effort
from the creative workshop of Petr Jarchovsky and Jan Hrebejk.
The script received a significant grant from the Czech State
Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography.
Director Jan Hrebejk has also worked on many smaller projects:
music videos (for the Czech groups Zluty Pes, Ivan Hlas, and
Hudba Praha), commercials, and documentary films (incl. bios
of Dominik Hasek and Vladimir Misik for Febio).
In 1997, he had his theater directorial debut at the Pod Palmovkou
Theater with a production of Christopher Hampton's Dangerous
Relationships starring Vilma Cibulkova, Ales Prochazka,
and Zita Kabatova.
In March, Hrebejk had another premiere at the Pod Palmovkou
Theater-a stage adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over
Broadway, and this year he delighted audiences with an adaptation
of Amadeus at the same theater.
Petr Jarchovsky is now teaching at the faculty of screenwriting
and script editing at Prague's Film Academy (FAMU). He also
works as a script editor at Czech Television for which he is
currently writing an adaptation of the Josef Skvorecky novel
THE COWARDS. In 1998, Paseka Publishers brought out his novel
Divided We Fall, illustrated by Pavel Reisenauer, upon
which the film of the same name was based.
At present, he and director-producer Ondrej Trojan are working
on a new feature film entitled Zelary.