September 13, 2023, 8:00 PM
The Avalon Theatre will screen the moving film Zátopek by director David Ondriček on September 13, at 8 pm. Widely considered one of the greatest runners of all time, ZÁTOPEK stars Václav Neužil as long-distance runner and four-time Olympic gold medalist Emil Zátopek. Winner of Eight Czech Lions in 2022 including Best Picture, the film spans the incredible life of the “Czech Locomotive,” including his amazing hat-trick at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.
The film begins with Australian runner Ron Clarke visiting Zátopek in 1968. During their dialogue, viewers return to the beginning of Emil’s passion for running, his first success at the WCA in Berlin, his meeting with the javelin thrower Dana, his future wife, and witness the increasing pressure of the communist regime.
The film garnered eight Czech Lions for best film, director, actor in a leading role, cinematography, editing, sound, production design, and makeup and hairstyling. It also clutched the fan vote category at the awards. Furthermore, the film was the Czech submission for the 2021 Oscars. The film premiered at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Official Film Trailer