Directed by David Ondříček, biopic, 131 min, eng subtitles, 12+
Written by David Ondříček, Alice Nellis, Jan P. Muchow
With Martha Issová, James Frecheville, Vaclav Neuzil
Autumn 1968. The Australian star athlete Ron Clarke arrives in communist Prague. Seeking to overcome the deepest crisis of his career, he hopes to get help from his old friend and role model, Emil Zátopek. Emil is the legendary Helsinki 1952 Olympic games triple gold medallist, nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive" and considered the greatest runner of all time. He is also a vivacious companion who loves food and beer and sparkles with an invincible sense of humor.
Zátopek tells a riveting story of Emil´s life, his larger-than-life athletic achievements, his happy yet bumpy relationship with his wife and training buddy Dana, and of his dilemmas in the morally trying times of Stalinist Czechoslovakia. The film dominated the latest Czech Film Academy Awards winning 8 Czech Lions and was the Czech contender in the Oscars race.
Czech Lion Awards 2021 (Best Feature Film, Best Director, Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Make-up and Hairstyling and Best Stage Design)
Czech Film Critics’ Awards 2021 (Best Actor)
Karlovy Vary IFF 2021 (Audience Award)
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