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

Havel

Year: 2020
Country: CZECHIA
Run Time: 104 minutes

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Havel
Havel
Havel
Havel

Experienced Václav Havel's capricious rise from beloved national playwright to political dissident and eventually President of Czechoslovakia. In the summer of 1968, the playwright revels in decreased censorship under Slovak politician Alexander Dub?ek's leadership as he attempts to reform the communist government. Yet, the promise of creative license and newfound freedom is short-lived. Warsaw Pact troops under Soviet command invade and occupy Czechoslovakia to stop Dub?ek's liberal reforms. When Havel refuses to pledge allegiance to the Soviet occupation, he's removed from his theater position, sparking a foray into political activism that will forever change his life. The historic biopic HAVEL is set between 1968 and 1989 and focuses on Havel's two-decade journey from an artist protesting censorship to a political activist undermining an oppressive communist regime and fighting for civil and human rights. Inspired by true events, the film creatively recounts how Václav Havel became a hailed hero of the masses and President of Czechoslovakia after the fall of communism. (In Czech with subtitles) — R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Competition
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Director

Director
Slávek Horák

Producer
Slávek Horák

Screenwriting
Slávek Horák, Rudolf Suchánek

Cinematography
Jan Šťastný

Editing
Vladimír Barák

Principal Cast
Viktor Dvořák, Anna Geislerová, Martin Hofmann, Barbora Seidlová, Stanislav Majer, Adrian Jastraban, Jiří Bartoška

Print Source

Community Partners

Cleveland Arts Education Consortium

Sokol Greater Cleveland

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