Citizen Havel / Občan Havel


Remarkable in its openness and intimacy as a documentary, Citizen Havel, observes ten years of the political, public and private life of one of the world’s iconic leaders – Vaclav Havel. 

The documentary film begins in early 1992 and follows a set of historical events all related to Vaclav Havel. This documentary reveals to us a private portrait of the first president of the former Czechoslovakia and later of The Czech Republic.

Havel was a loud voice of the anti-Communist movement and then a spokesman for democracy, which swept through Central and Eastern Europe in 1989. The film, Citizen Havel, has been created in an authentic manner, allowing the viewer to be a witness to the birth of a democratic president, through the development of his ideas and the decision-making processes that defined him.

What stands out most in the film is that Havel is a normal human being, whilst being unconditionally and undoubtedly devoted to his country. We watch him agonizing over a tie to go with his suit and we also see him fiddling with a saxophone that he is about to give to the former US President Bill Clinton, who will then go on to play it in the Prague jazz club, Reduta.

About the Director

Pavel Koutecký (June 10, 1956 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) was a director and actor, known for Hledači pevného bodu (2002), Forever and Ever (1998) and Citizen Havel (2008). He accidentally died while shooting another documentary movie on April 15, 2006 in Prague, Czech Republic.


Czech Republic

2008, 119 min
Category: Documentary

The Backlot Perth | Thursday | 14 NOV | 6:30 PM

Rating: 15+


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About the Film


Pavel Koutecký, Miroslav Janek

The film Citizen Havel was finalized by Miroslav Janek after Pavel Koutecký died in an unfortunate fatal accident while he was shooting another document.


Pavel Koutecký


Václav Havel, Bill Clinton, Jan Tříska, Václav Klaus, Dagmar Havlová, George W. Bush, Miloš Zeman, Ladislav Smoljak, Mick Jagger, Táňa Fischerová, Keith Richards, Milan Mejla Hlavsa, Eva Holubová, Barbora Hrzánová, Pavel Koutecký, Leoš Suchařípa, Karel Zich, Peter Dvorský, Viktor Stoilov, Ladislav Špaček, Olga Havlová, Pavel Landovský, Jaroslav Hutka, Madeleine Albright, Charlie Watts, and many more