2017, David Mrnka, Czech Republic/USA, 124 min. With Ayelet Zurer, Robert Gant.
- Fri, Jul 27th 8:00pm
- Wed, Aug 1st 8:00pm
Two tumultuous decades in the life of Czech national heroine Milada Horáková, executed by the communist regime in 1950, are covered in this colorful biopic. The story spins back to the past from the wrenching day that Milada's adult daughter is presented with the unsent letters her dead mother wrote from prison. Wife, mother, lawyer, rising political figure, and daring WWII resistance fighter, Horáková (Zurer) is jailed by the Nazis, only to subsequently find an even more deadly foe in Czechoslovakia's new communist government. Falsely accused of plotting to overthrow the totalitarian rule that she so vocally opposed, she is subjected to a lengthy show trial before being sentenced to death. Director Mrnka shot in authentic locations and gained access to private letters and family photos while writing the screenplay. In English. DCP digital. (BS)