2 Nov 2014 20:40
Fair Play + discussion on Politics, Sports and the Arts with Andrea Sedláčková
Anna, a talented young sprinter, is training for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Following official instructions, she takes anabolic steroids masked as prescribed vitamins to boost her performance. When she finds out she risks everything by refusing to continue, forcing her dissident mother, who sees the Olympics as Anna‘s escape route, to conspire against her... Highlighting the Eastern Bloc policy of doping athletes, Sedláčková provides a powerful account of how the Communist régime sought to control lives and the resulting moral dillemmas.
Sedláčková, CZ / SK / DE 2014
100 min, Engl. subtitles
With Judit Bárdos, Anna Geislerová, Eva Josefíková and Roman Luknár
Followed by Politics, Sports and the Arts Debate
Moderator: Pat Butcher
Pat Butcher is the former Athletics Correspondent for the Financial Times and The Times, and a broadcaster with BBCTV, Channel 4 and BskyB. He is the author of The Perfect Distance (on the rivalry between Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett), which is being made into a film by BBC. He is currently researching a book on the great Czech athlete, Emil Zátopek.
Andrea Sedláčková is a Czech film director, editor and screenwriter. She studied scriptwriting at FAMU, she has emigrated to France in 1989 and studied direction and editing at FEMIS (former IDHEC) in Paris. While working mainly in editing in France, since 1991 she has made a number of documentaries for Czech Television and shot several films. Sedlackova has just completed her latest film, a documentary Life according to Vaclav Havel which will be premiered in November 2014.
Michele Verroken is the founding director of Sporting Integrity and formerly Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport. She is an expert in anti-doping programmes who has designed current internationally accepted standards for doping control, created the UK's Drug Information Database and national anti-doping policy.
In collaboration with the Birds Eye View Festival
Part of Made in Prague Festival, 17 October - 30 November 2014
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y5AH
2 Nov 2014 20:40
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event