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Jun 27, 2019 7:00 PM

Czech That Film: Dukla 61 + Q&A with director David Ondříček and actress Martha Issová

Czech That Film is a touring festival of contemporary Czech film. In June, it will take place at the Czech Center New York. Screening of DUKLA 61 will be followed by Q&A with the director David Ondříček and actress Martha Issová.

7PM in the Cinema
Screening will be followed by Q&A with the director David Ondříček and actress Martha Issová.


Director: David Ondříček, 2018, 150 minutes, Czech Republic

In this historical drama, winning the Czech Lion Award for the best TV film or miniseries, director David Ondříček examines one of the country’s greatest mining tragedies. Failure to comply with safety protocol, the pressure to produce results, and an avalanche of critical errors caused a fire in a Dukla mineshaft in Haviřov on July 7, 1961, killing 108 miners. Shot in a former mine in Rakovník, this family drama pays tribute to the mining profession. The brave miners regarded their work as a mission, even though they risked their lives each and every day.

David Ondříček is a Czech director and film producer. He studied at FAMU Prague and is celebrated both for his documentary and feature films. He became a household name in the minds of the Czech people with his cult classic Loners (2000). More recently, he garnered critical acclaim for his historical thriller In the Shadow which won 10 Czech Lion Awards, including the Best Film and Best Director. Now, he's introducing his latest project Dukla 61 to foreign audiences as a part of Czech That Film festival.

Martha Issová is a Czech multi-talented actress. After graduating from the State Conservatory, she decided to stay in Prague where in 2006 she found her home in the Dejvice Theater. She also has international ties – she worked with Silverman, a popular US comedian, on her plagiatory election commercial in 2010. For her role in the film Dukla 61 she has won the Czech Lion Award for the exceptional feat in the area of audio-visual arts and was nominated for the Outstanding Actress Prize at the annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival.



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Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to the event. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Jun 27, 2019 7:00 PM


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