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Czech Republic, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Documentaries)

Director: Pavel Koutecky, Miroslav Janek

“I would like to be a good president.” - Vaclav Havel

The political life of the Czech Republic's first president - former dissident playwright Vaclav Havel - is laid bare in Citizen Havel, an astounding access-all-areas documentary following Havel's term as leader of the newly independent nation.

Over a decade in the making, Citizen Havel is unprecedented as a portrait of a political leader. We see Havel strategise with advisors, deal with personal tragedy and entertain visiting dignitaries (including Bill Clinton and the Rolling Stones), all under the watchful gaze of the documentary filmmakers.

“Like a real-life version of The West Wing, and just as gripping, Citizen Havel is a fascinating insight into the reality of politics.” - Time Out

D Pavel Koutecky, Miroslav Janek P Jarmila Polaková, Pavel Strnad WS Deckert Distribution L Czech w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

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