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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Historical Drama
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Release Year:2020
Runtime:104 min
Country/Region:Czech Republic
Print Source:Princ Films
Director:Slávek Horák
Executive Producer:Tomáš Rotnágl
Producer:Slávek Horák
Cinematographer:Jan Štastný
Screenwriter:Slávek Horák
Rudolf Suchánek
Editor:Vladimír Barák
Composer:Petr Malásek
Principal Cast:Viktor Dvorák
Anna Geislerová
Martin Hofmann
Barbora Seidlová
Stanislav Majer
Adrian Jastraban
Jirí Bartoška
Filmography:Home Care (2015)


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This refreshing, humorous, warts and all creative biopic doesn’t let pesky facts get in the way of a good story. Director Slávek Horák (Home Care) takes artistic license with certain details of history to stress the irony and absurdity of Václav Havel’s metamorphosis from celebrated playwright to banned and jailed human rights activist to eventual President of Czechoslovakia.

Concentrating more on Havel’s personal evolution (here prodded by the many women in his life) and various emotional truths, this vibrant dramedy doesn’t shy from depicting the great man’s weaknesses but it also shows him as generous and modest, an entertaining, talented writer who ultimately steps out of his comfort zone to become politically engaged. While some viewers may take issue with the elisions and composites of Horák’s approach, others will be inspired once again by Havel’s courageous battle against oppression and the sacrifices he made. (Alissa Simon)

Director Biography

Slávek Horák Born in 1975 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia Slávek Horák was educated at the Zlin Film School and studied directing at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is the director of the short films “Two Little Wings” (2004) and “Deja Vu” (2005) and the feature Home Care (Domácí péce) (2015).