CaSFFA 2022 Opening Night: Zátopek
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CaSFFA 2022 Opening Night: Zátopek

Fri 14 Oct 6:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
131 Mins

2021 | DCP | Czech Republic | D; David Ondříček

Ticket to the Opening Night includes a drink upon arrival with nibbles. Event starts at 6.00pm, screening at 7.00pm.

With Václav Neužil, James Frecheville, Martha Issová, Robert Mikluš, Jiří Šimek

This engaging Karlovy Vary International Film Festival opener depicts the tremendous and turbulent journey of one of the 20th century’s finest athletes: Czechoslovak long-distance runner, Emil Zátopek. Václav Neužil immerses himself as the Olympic champion who made history at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, as director David Ondříček takes his audience through various stages of the icon’s sporting and personal life. 

Zátopek captures the runner’s record three-gold-medal runs - a record that’s never been achieved again - with electric energy and fervour. But, like the greatest sporting dramas, Ondříček finds the person behind the sporting icon, turning his attention also to Zátopek’s wife, champion javelin thrower Dana Zátopková, and friend, Australian long-distance runner, Ron Clarke (charmingly played by Aussie James Frecheville).

Zátopek captures the intensity and greatness of Zátopek’s sporting achievements, and sheds light on the personal stories that greatly affected his life, too. 

This screening of Zátopek is dedicated to John Zika.

Arc Cinema

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601