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AFI EU Film Showcase: Zátopek

Date: 12 December 2021 1:10 PM - 3:15 PM, Venue: AFI Silver Theatre

Runner Emil Zátopek was a record-breaking Olympic champion. Delve into the life of this extraordinary athlete in director David Ondříček’s film Zátopek screening at the AFI Silver Theatre on December 12, 2021, at 1:10 pm as part of the AFI EU Film Showcase.


Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

December 12, 2021, at 1:10 pm


Proof of vaccination –or– negative Covid PCR test required for entry. Masks required.

About the Film:
In 1968, disgraced Australian Olympian Ron Clarke (James Frecheville, ANIMAL KINGDOM) escaped to Prague to seek guidance from his eccentric mentor Emil Zátopek (Václav Neužil), a record-breaking champion runner. As Zátopek imparts his wisdom, the story flashes back to his humble beginnings and follows his career as he broke Olympic barriers on the way to becoming the greatest Czech athlete of all time. But as important as Zátopek's victories on the track is his relationship with fellow Olympian and javelin thrower Dana Zátopková (Martha Issová, THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE). David Ondříček's (IN THE SHADOW) handsome, captivating biopic is a rousing winner. Audience Award Winner, 2021 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD David Ondříček; SCR Alice Nellis, Jan P. Muchow; PROD Kryštof Mucha. Czech Republic/Slovak Republic/Germany/Finland, 2021, color, 131 min. In English and Czech with English subtitles. NOT RATED ~AFI Silver Theatre

Now in its 34th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC-area audiences. This year's selection includes 53 films from all 27 EU Member States, 11 of the top contenders for this year's Academy Award® for Best International Feature Film and 13 U.S. and North American premieres.