September 14, 2022, 8:00 PM
The Avalon Theatre will screen The Last Race (Poslední závod) on September 14, 2022, beginning at 8 pm. The drama recounts the true story of Czech skiing pioneers Bohumil Hanč and Václav Vrbata, who participated in a skiing race in Krokonoše mountains in 1913. When a blizzard renders the race impossible, German athlete Emerich Rath risks his life to try to save his friend. The film reconstructs the race almost minute by minute and shows life at the beginning of the twentieth century amid poverty and hardship as well as the relations between native Czech and German populations. This story reveals how rivalries can be set aside, with the only race that counts being that to save a fellow human life.
In the hundred years that followed, the events of this story were reinterpreted and adapted to suit contemporary social and political ideologies. This film aims to set the record straight, and finally show what really happened that day. Witness a story of friendship, courage and bravery. The film stars Kryštof Hádek, Marek Adamczyk, and Oldřich Kaiser. (Directed by Tomáš Hodan, 102 minutes, 2022, in Czech with English subtitles)
Event Details: The Last Race - The Avalon Theatre Project, Inc.
Date/Time: September 14, 2022, at 8 pm
Venue: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015