Kawasaki's Rose

The drama of a renowned psychiatrist whose collaboration with the StB is revealed.

Kawasakiho růže
Czechia 2009
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95 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation” medal but it transpires that this reputedly morally irreproachable dissident once collaborated with state security agencies, informing on his wife’s former boyfriend. Josek’s family and close friends try to come to terms with these new facts – each in his own way, with differing opinions, feelings and memories, none of which necessarily reflects the truth. But which truth is at stake here? Director Jan Hřebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovský have examined socially oppressive themes before. However, in a story about guilt, punishment, forgiveness and remorse, they have moved away from comic hyperbole in order to try their hand at psychological drama. The film, whose title was inspired by the name given to what is supposedly the most difficult origami model (its complexity reflecting the relationships between the main protagonists), won Czech Lions for the actors in the supporting roles, Ladislav Chudík and Daniela Kolářová. The film opened the Panorama section at Berlinale.

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Director: Jan Hřebejk
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovský
Cinematography: Martin Šácha
Music: Aleš Březina
Sound: Michal Holubec
Editing: Vladimír Barák
Production Design: Milan Býček
Producer: Rudolf Biermann, Tomáš Hoffman
Costumes: Katarína Bieliková
Cast: Lenka Vlasáková, Milan Mikulčík, Martin Huba, Daniela Kolářová, Antonín Kratochvíl, Anna Šimonová, Petra Hřebíčková, Martin Schulz, Ladislav Chudík

Berlin International Film Festival

2010 – Jan Hřebejk (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Panorama)

Berlin International Film Festival

2010 – Jan Hřebejk (C.I.C.A.E. Award – Panorama)

Czech Lions

2009 – Ladislav Chudík (Best Supporting Actor)

Czech Lions

2009 – Daniela Kolářová (Best Supporting Actress)

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