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Lions of Czech Film: The Hastrman

Date: 14 August 2019 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Venue: Avalon Theatre

As part of the Lions of Czech Film Series, the Avalon Theatre will feature "The Hastrman" (Hastrman) on August 14, at 8 pm. The film follows a mysterious nobleman who returns to his deteriorating ancestral home in a small Bohemian village to revitalize his family’s property after years abroad at the beginning of the 19th century. However, he carries hidden secrets and an unexpected love just might change his life forever.

​Despite looking like a human, he has an obsessive affinity for water. He turns out to be the Hastrman, a water spirit who needs water to sustain his life and gain superhuman strength. In this romantic fantasy, a new love brings Hastrman unexpected happiness and an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or cross the boundaries to get closer to becoming human. 

The film is the directorial debut of Ondřej Havelka, a renowned Czech jazz singer and actor. 
Karel Dobrý who plays the Hastrman received the 2019 Czech Lion for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance.

Directed by Ondřej Havelka, 2018, 100 minutes, Czech with English subtitles

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW0rqgwHgCE

Event Details:

Date/Time: August 14, 2019, at 8 pm

Venue: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at

Lions of Czech Film Series
This marks the 13th year of collaboration with the Avalon Theatre in presenting the Lions of Czech Film Series. This film series gives the Washington, DC, community an opportunity to view Czech films that are popular hits in Europe and have received numerous honors and awards at film festivals. Most of the films have received the prestigious Czech Lion Award, the Czech Republic's highest honor in film. The Lions of Czech Film Series offers an invaluable opportunity to see the best of Czech cinema in the nation’s capital.