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10 Mar 2018 17:45

A Prominent Patient + discussion with Dagmar Hájková and Mark Cornwall

Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk tries to overcome his inner demons and relive the dramatic events leading to WWII in Julius Ševčík’s persuasive historical drama about a man who stood up for his betrayed country while feeling betrayed himself.

Failing to win British support during the politics of appeasement, Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovak ambassador to London, abandons his bohemian life style and retreats to the USA after the Nazi´s invasion of Czechoslovakia. Fighting the frustration of betrayal and the long shadow of his father, the founder of Czechoslovakia, he seeks help in a New Jersey psychiatric hospital. Oscillating between history and fiction, moving back and forth between 1937 and 1939 and between Prague, London and New Jersey, the film portrays a complex, sensitive man driven by inner demons; a man of no nation, who only during WWII when broadcasting from BBC London to occupied Czechoslovakia becomes known affectionately by Czechs as Honza. Winner of 12 Czech National Film Awards including Best Film of 2016.

Julius Ševčík, CR/SK 2016, 114´
Cast: Karel Roden, Oldřich Kaiser, Hanns Zischler, Arly Jover, Eva Herzigova



Followed by a discussion between historian Dagmar Hájková from the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Mark Cornwall, Professor of Modern European History, University of Southampton.

Dagmar Hájková is a renowned historian, author and researcher at Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She gained her doctorate at Charles University in Prague, specialising in Czech modern history, the research on which she continues to develop. Hájková is also a member of countless associations including the UK Forum of Czech and Slovak Studies and the editorial board of the Correspondence of T. G. Masaryk.

A professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton, Mark Cornwall is one of the UK’s leading experts on modern Czech history. He has written extensively about twentieth-century Czechoslovakia including the 'Sudeten question'. Until recently he was also chair of the UK Forum of Czech and Slovak Studies, aiming to promote British academic research on Central Europe.


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10 Mar 2018 17:45


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