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One Hundred And Twenty-eight Thousand

DirectorOndrej Erban
ProducerLaura Figurova, FAMU, Filmtalent Zlin Foundation Fund
WriterOndrej Erban
EditorSimona Donovalova
CameraDavid Hofmann
SoundMiroslav Chaloupka
ScreeningSaturday 9 November | 13:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 10 November | 12:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Length16 min
CountryCzech Republic
SectionShort Films, Big Stories

An award-winning Czech short on debt and its impact on people’s daily lives, screened this year in Cannes.


Right now almost one in ten Czechs over the age of 15 faces the prospect of having property seized because of money they owe. Every day, more and more people are falling into the debt trap, but Karel is on the opposite side of the dilemma – his job is collecting debts. The young director Ondrej Erban tackles one of the biggest social issues of the country, and points out: “I wanted to give the audience as authentic experience as possible of what it is like to have your property seized; to give them a feeling that would stay with them even after the film was over, so maybe they would have a little bit more empathy for the people who get caught in debt trap.”

Director’s bio

Ondřej Erban (1986, Prague, Czech republic) is director and screenwriter. Currently he is the student of FAMU (Prague, Czech republic). One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand is his second student film. Before entering FAMU, Ondřej has gained a master’s degree in media studies at Charles University Prague, and he currently works as a journalist for Czech TV.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Cannes Film Festival, 2019 – Cinefondation | 26th Czech Lion Awards – Magnesia Prize for the best Czech student film | BAFTA Student Film Awards Shortlist, 2019 | Prague Shorts, 2019