SUN 6 OCT @ 1.30PM | Arc Cinema | $12/$10
2018 | 15+ | 124 mins | Czech Republic, Slovakia | Czech with English subtitles | D: Robert Sedlacek
For many, Jan Palach needs no introduction. Director Robert Sedlacek's feature follows Palach from his childhood to his time in a communist working camp in Kazakhstan before becoming a student at Charles University in Prague after the Warsaw Pact. As the Prague Spring begins, Palach becomes both more engaged and more withdrawn from the world aroudn him. Viktor Zavadil portrays Palach as almost a side-player within his own life as he observes the events going on around him, before becoming irreversibly entertwined with the history of Czechoslovakia through his self-immolation in January 1969 as a stand against the demoralisation of Czechoslovakian citizens under the Soviet regime.
This film is dedicated to the late Dr Milan Kantor OAM, friend and supporter of CaSFFA.