Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

On the Roof
(Na střeše)


Year: 2019
Country: CZECHIA
Run Time: 97 minutes

On the Roof
On the Roof
On the Roof
On the Roof

Retired professor, Mr. Rypar, is a 79-year-old of stark tradition. He resents the changing world around him—mainly Prague’s rise in immigration—and can’t comprehend the appeal of new technologies. One day Rypar encounters a young Vietnamese man, Song, who is in the throes of contemplating suicide. Unbeknownst to Rypar, Song is an illegal immigrant, who recently escaped forced servitude in a marijuana grow house. Rypar dissuades Song from jumping off the roof. Yet Rypar has little empathy when he learns Song is an “illegal.” Rypar does offer Song one night of refuge but demands he return to the Vietnamese district for assistance. When that doesn’t happen, Rypar reluctantly hires Song as a housekeeper. They quickly bond as Rypar finds an eager pupil and companion in Song. Now invested in keeping Song in Prague, Rypar hatches a farfetched plan to gain Song EU citizenship, forcing Rypar to embrace modern technologies. ON THE ROOF is a heartwarming, comedic film full of quirky mishaps, rash initial judgments, and gracious second chances. Watch two unlikely characters form an uncommon friendship by overcoming preconceived notions. (In Czech and Vietnamese with subtitles) — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 11:30 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition


Jiří Mádl

Monika Kristlová

Jiří Mádl

Martin Žiaran

Jakub Vansa

Principal Cast
Alois Švehlík, Duy Anh Tran, Vojtěch Dýk, Mária Bartalos, Adrian Jastraban, David Švehlík

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