Grand Hotel

30-year-old oddball Fleischman works in a hotel on Ještěd mountain as a service engineer and dreams about clouds and about one day leaving the frontiers of his home town. How will the timid chambermaid Ilja affect his life?

Czechia 2006
100 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

At the top of Ještěd mountain above Liberec the weather changes every minute, while 30-year-old oddball Fleischman, who works as a maintenance man for the local hotel, also maintains his own opinions, whatever the weather. He shuts himself off in his own little world, where it seems the only thing which interests him is meteorology. In reality, he is desperate to leave the confines of his native town. Then the timid new chambermaid Ilja unexpectedly enters his life, who has passively succumbed to the whims of her ambitious lover, the waiter Patka, for too long. Boss Jégr and the old Sudeten German Franz also play an important role in Fleischman’s life… The screenplay for David Ondříček’s tra­gicomedy was penned in association with writer Jaroslav Rudiš, who wrote the novel of the same name. The film, making use of the unique atmosphere of the futuristic hotel on Ještěd, was nominated for seven Czech Lion awards and took away two statuettes (for music – Jan P. Muchow, and sound – Pavel Rejholec, Jakub Čech). It was screened at Berlin IFF in the Panorama section, and also at the IFF in San Francisco.

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Director: David Ondříček
Screenplay: Jaroslav Rudiš
Cinematography: Richard Řeřicha
Music: Jan P. Muchow
Sound: Pavel Rejholec, Jakub Čech
Editing: Michal Lánský
Production Design: Jan Vlasák
Producer: David Ondříček, Kryštof Mucha
Costumes: Josef Čechota
Cast: Marek Taclík, Klára Issová, Ladislav Mrkvička, Jaromír Dulava, Jaroslav Plesl, Dita Zábranská, Jaroslav Rudiš, Kamil Halbich, Igor Chmela, Tatiana Dyková

Berlin International Film Festival

2007 – Klára Issová (EFP Shooting Star)

Czech Lions

2006 – Jan P. Muchow (Best Music)

Czech Lions

2006 – Pavel Rejholec, Jakub Čech (Best Sound)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.