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Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM

Film: Golden Sting

This sports drama explores the turbulent history of basketball in Czechoslovakia amid the social turmoil caused by various dictatorships. In this environment, fair play gets thrown out the window.


December 3, 7PM
In the Cinema


Director: Radim Špaček, 2018, 107min, Czech Republic.

The 106 minute-long film by director Radim Špaček shot in 2018 takes us back to the period before World War II - to the year 1938 – and leads up to the year 1951 when the Czechoslovakia was ultimately and firmly isolated from the Western Bloc countries for the next 38 years. The unconventional combination of a romantic storyline, political context and basketball provides a very unique illustration of the most difficult moments of the past century in Czechoslovakia. The movie’s theme draws inspiration from facts collected in the book Nebáli se své odvahy (Not Afraid of Their Own Courage), written by publicists Jakub Bažant and Jiří Závoda, who also took part in the screenplay development of the Golden Sting. At the same time, the movie commemorates the fate of Jaroslav Valenta, a real historical character from World War II who was coach of the Czech national basketball team and sacrificed his life fighting against the Nazis. Before he was arrested by the Nazi secret police, he handed over the leadership of the team to František Prokeš, the film’s leading character portrayed by Filip Březina. During the post-war European Championship in Geneva, Prokeš falls in love with Michelle, a Jewish dancer who escaped Stalin’s Eastern Europe and then Paris after Hitler’s invasion. However, their love story is about to be complicated by many hardships. Powerful life stories, historical context, the spirit of sportsmanship and sociopolitical aspects –that’s Golden Sting.




Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
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Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM


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