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Oct 13, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion: Vlastníci (The Owners)

We invite you to online screening and discussion of the Czech film Vlastníci (The Owners, 2019), which presents the idea of Czech society in the present days. It is the first film from the 2020–2021 series: Contemporary Society and Its Discontents organized by The East Central European Center at the Harriman Institute. Join us for the discussion with screenwriter and director Jiří Havelka, and producer Marek Jeníček.

Marek Jeníček

Jiří Havelka


Tuesday, October 13, 2020



This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.

For more information please click here


The comedy-drama The Owners was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed Czech films of 2019, winning numerous of Czech Lion awards. The protagonists of the film The Owners own units in an old apartment building and they are convening a meeting to discuss and make decisions about several urgent matters. Among them there are idealists trying to serve the common good, calculating wheeler-dealers who just look out for themselves, even subtle manipulators— but there are also some people who are lost in despair at their own insignificance. In the end, they must all come to terms on how to maintain the building in which they make their homes. According to Havelka, it is a comedy for all age groups and for voters of all political parties as it captures all of today’s political spectrum. 


Registrants will receive a link to independently view the film prior to the live event. The film’s production company Cinemart is making The Owners available to United States viewers on its Vimeo channel from the evening of Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11. The link will be sent via email to registrants and posted on the Online Event Page on Eventbrite.


To register for the event please click here

 Click here to view the YouTube Live stream of the discussion.  


The event is organized by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. 


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Oct 13, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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