BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
Citizen Havel

Citizen Havel

Obcan Havel
Tjekkia / 2008 / 120 min
Miroslav Janek & Pavel Koutecký
An intimate portrait of Václav Havel, author, playwright and president

Václav Havel is an internationally renowned author and playwright, but his main claim to fame is his role as the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. CITIZEN HAVEL is an intimate fly on the wall documentary. Directors Janek and Koutecký and their team were granted almost unlimited access to Havel, following him both privately and professionally – on stage and back stage. The result is an intimate portrait of one of Europe's most significant living politicians.

Miroslav Janek & Pavel Koutecký

Miroslav Janek (b. 1954) is a veteran of the Czech film business, having worked as editor, cinematographer and director. He has directed a total of five full-lenght documentary films since his debut with A CASE OF FRATRICIDE in 1977.

Pavel Koutecký (1956–2006) has worked on both sides of the camera in TV, animation and documentary films. CITIZEN HAVEL is his first full-length film to gain international release.