- Director:David Ondříček
- Actors:Václav Neužil, Martha Issová, James Frecheville
Following the turbulent Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in the autumn of 1968, the Australian running record holder Ron Clarke travels to Prague, hoping that his old friend and role model Emil Zátopek will help him overcome the biggest crisis of his career. Through flashbacks, the film reflects on the life and career of Emil Zátopek, the most famous Czech athlete of all time. But Zátopek is also the story of a fateful encounter and the life-long love between two people that neither sports nor life’s losses could break. Emil‘s marriage to javelin thrower and Olympic champion Dana Zátopková was both a powerful, loving union as well as a point of contention between two strong-willed individuals and the dreams, desires, and values that each possessed. Filled with triumph and charm, Zátopek explores the physical, personal, and political boundaries of a star athlete and the times that shaped him.
About the director
David Ondříček is director, screenwriter and producer, one of the most distinctive post-revolution Czech directors. He debuted with the film Whisper (Šeptej, 1996) followed by Loners (Samotáři, 2000), which was produced by his own company Lucky Man Films. Next came the comedy One Hand Can't Clap (Jedna ruka netleská, 2003) and the film Grandhotel (2006), which premiered at the Berlinale film festival. His film In the Shadow (Ve stínu, 2012) took all of the main awards at the Czech Film Critics’ Awards and at the annual Czech Lion Awards, and was the Czech Republic’s nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Terrace - Agency for waterways23:30h
Tickets for screenings at Cinestar Vukovar, Danubian Sand Island, Borovo Cinema are free. For screenings at locations - Terrace of Agency for Waterways and Castle Eltz Park admission is 15 HRK. Tickets.