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Closing Night of The CS Film Festival – Jan Palach


Sun 25 Nov 2018, 6:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Luna Palace Cinemas, 155 Oxford Street, Leederville, Western Australia

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $19.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: csa1

Closing Night
The last evening of the festival is another moment worth celebrating with tasty Czech and Slovak refreshments, great music and the Australian Premiere of Jan Palach. The event begins at 6:00pm. The movie starts at 6:30pm.

Just before the movie, Audience Prizes will be drawn. So, come, bring your friends, and make the Sunday 25th November absolutely unforgettable.

Jan Palach
In January 1969, just five months after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, Jan Palach committed the ultimate sacrifice, setting himself on fire at the top end of Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague. The 21-year-old died in hospital three days later and his funeral on January 25 became a symbol of national unity and protest against the occupiers.

This new film, written by one-time Charter 77 spokesperson Eva Kantůrková, focuses on the last months of Palach's life. It describes his path from an affectionate son, devoted friend and sensitive and thoughtful student to becoming Siwhat he called ‘Torch number 1’, trying to find the motives that led him to commit such a radical action. Jan Palach, directed by Robert Sedláček (Pravidla lži, Rodina je základ státu) stars stage actor Viktor Zavadil in the titular role, with Zuzana Bydžovská as his mother, Denisa Barešová as his girlfriend, Michal Balcar as his brother, and Jan Vondráček as a university professor.

The movie’s director, Robert Sedláček, says that despite many Palach’s contemporaries still being alive, very little is known about him to this day. (Czech with English subtitles).

"He was mysterious. It would be easy to say that he was an oddball who committed a desperate act. But I prefer to say that he was different. That doesn’t mean that he was necessarily better, but he definitely wasn’t a desperate man." - Director

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