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Screening of the film “Tobruk”

The tradition of Czech film screenings continued on 13 October 2009 at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen by the film “Tobruk” by Václav Marhoul.

Besides the regular guests (Czech students, the Czech community and their Danish friends as well as representatives of Embassies), representatives of Danish veterans and the Friends Society of the Museum of Danish Resistance Max Roe and Niels Gyrsting, the director Jan Haugaard and cameraman Marek Bičan from the Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR, and also representatives of the University Radio Copenhagen, were among 70 guests attending the evening.

Director Václav Marhoul with cameraman Marek Bičan at DR-Byen

The Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka introduced the director and screenwriter Václav Marhoul who presented this World War II. drama before the screening. The screenplay to the film about the mission of the Czechoslovak troops in North African Tobruk was inspired by a novel by Stephen Crane The Red Badge of Courage. The author´s intention was not to shoot a traditional war drama, but to give an artistic testimony of the courage to fight for one´s own country far away from home.

Director Václav Marhoul together with diplomats and Czech guests

Nine nominations and three awarded Czech Lions for the Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Sound indicate the success of Tobruk. The film was also selected among the best 48 films of this year by European Film Academy.

A lively discussion with the director followed after the screening.