The story of one of the most distinctive personalities of European history. A captivating portrait of the Czech hero Vaclav Havel, covering the man’s evolution and the revolution that followed, shown through the lens of award-winning director Slavek Horak, who has been featured on Variety’s
‘10 Directors to Watch’ list.
Based on the dramatic life of Vaclav Havel, this biopic follows the national icon between the 1960s and the late 1980s. The narrative revolves around his transformation from careless bohemian artist into human rights activist, dissident and prisoner of the communist regime, climaxing with Havel becoming the leader of Czech Velvet Revolution and president of Czechoslovakia. Featuring strong performances from its entire cast, the film focuses on Havel’s political drive and personal life. His unorthodox relationship with his wife Olga, who serves as his moral compass, propels Havel’s growth from young dandy into mature, responsible man as he is put under growing pressure by the totalitarian regime. Despite paying a heavy price for his involvement, he rises from the ashes to become the first president of the new Czech Republic.
Czech Republic | 2020 | 104 min
PRODUCTION: Slavek Horak – TVORBA Films; Ceska televize
CAST: Viktor Dvorak, Anna Geislerova, Martin Hofmann, Barbora Seidlova
SCREENPLAY: Slavek Horak, Rudolf Suchanek
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jan Stastny
EDITING: Vladimir Barak
FESTIVALS & AWARDS (SELECTION)
Rome Independent Film Festival, 2020 – Best Film | Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2020 | Heartland International Film Festival, 2020 | Zagreb Film Festival, 2020 | Czech Lion Awards, 2021 – Best Make-up | Cleveland International Film Festival, 2021