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Vaclav Havel, Prague - Castle

15 JANUARY 2012 AT 3 PM, THE GATE CINEMA, 87 NOTTING HILL GATE, NOTTING HILL, LONDON W11 3JZ. Director Petr Jancarek’s documentary explores the earliest days of Vaclav Havel’s presidency as told by members of Havel’s inner circle and the playwright himself, including the arrival of his team to Prague Castle in the wake of the turbulent 1989 elections and Havel’s historic speech to the U.S. Congress. Interviews with Havel, his advisors and staff as well as Madeleine Albright and others tell the story of a truly unique period in the history of the former Czechoslovakia and the complex personality of the former President, who suddenly went from being a dissident to becoming the head of a free democratic state. The screening will be followed by a discussion with HE Ambassador Michael Zantovsky, Havel's close friend and former spokesman.

When Havel was elected president on 29 December 1989, he and his advisors' immediate goal was to lead the country to its first free elections as quickly as possible. We also discover the personality of Vaclav Havel, as seen through the eyes of those around him. The film chronicles his first trips to European countries, the USA and the Soviet Union. It depicts the first visits of Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama to the former Czechoslovakia. (Czech Republic, 2010, 52 min, English Sub.)

BOX OFFICE: 08719025731

Admission: £8.50; £7.50 concs, £6.50 members

Reservations at: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Gate_Picturehouse/Whats_On/All/Date_15_1_2012/