The film was awarded the historically first Czech Lion for a documentary. Take a look at photos from the award-giving ceremony




od 30. 1. 2008:

DVD Citizen Havel

DVD Občan Havel


To make a movie about Vaclav Havel is...




Czech Lion for the best documentary of 2008

Czech Lion - Critics´ Award

On Wednesday, 19 November 2008, a DVD of the film will be available in newspaper kiosks thanks to the distribution partners, SONY BMGand Mladá fronta DNES. 













The DVD version of the film was released od 20 October 2008.


It contains: 

- English and German subtitles, Czech captions for the hearing impaired, and scene descriptions for the visually impaired. 

- 4 omitted scenes

-photos from the premiere

DVD cover in the pdf format  

In the course of 13 years the crew has filmed 45 hours of images and recorded 90 hours of sound material. This truly unique material offers new looks behind the scenes of international politics in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, and also into events in a post-totalitarian country during its transition to democracy.

Václav Havel was a key figure in the great changes that took place in central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s – the film material captures his work and influence both in his country and internationally.

Among the truly unique events captured on film is Bill Clinton's State visit to the Czech Republic in January 1994, including the private part of the visit, when he went to the Reduta jazz club in Prague. Other events are the death of Havel's wife Olga and her funeral in January 1996, the celebration of his 60th birthday in the Archa Theatre, Prague, in October 1996, the forming of the new governments after the elections of 1996, 1998, and 2002, and the preparations for, and course of, the historic 2002 NATO Summit in Prague. Václav Havel formulating his position for a statement during the Prague meeting of the International Monetary Fund: I sympathize with opponents of the IMF, and I'm also anti-establishment, but now I represent the country hosting the meeting. Václav Havel picks up his first retirement check at the post office.

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