The Party and The Guests

  • Czech Republic
Audio Tracks 

Jan Němec’s second film follows a group of friends, played by leading personalities of the Czechoslovak intellectual scene at the time, arriving to the birthday party of an influential man. Despite the sunny setting, the atmosphere seems off. Ominous undertones intensify when one of the guests stops feigning indifference, instead voicing his opinion and leaving. The authorities at the time interpreted this film as one containing an anti-socialist political message, and therefore banned its screenings in Czechoslovakia. However, the film’s absurdity resonated with foreign viewers and thus the film continued to be celebrated.

This film is not currently online :(

Sorry, this film is not available in your country.


  • Original Title
    O slavnosti a hostech
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ester Krumbachová, Jan Němec
  • Cast
    Ivan Vyskočil, Jan Klusák, Jiří Němec, Pavel Bošek, Karel Mareš, Evald Schorm, Zdena Salivarová- Škvorecká, Helena Pejšková, Jana Prachařová, Miloň Novotný, Dana Němcová...
  • Cinematography
    Jaromír Šofr
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Music
    Karel Mareš
  • Runtime
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

Doc Alliance Members

Sign up to receive regular updates on our film program:

By signing up for the newsletter, I hereby consent to receiving commercial communications by electronic means and to all relevant personal data processing required for the purpose of sending the Doc-Air Distribution s.r.o. newsletter. I hereby confirm that I have read and familiarized myself with the Principles of Personal Data Processing and that I consent to the text therein. I also hereby acknowledge the rights specified herein, including, without limitation, the right to submit objections against direct marketing techniques.

Poslat svému Junioru