The Avalon Theatre will screen Milada — a historical drama based on the true story of Milada Horáková, the only woman executed on the basis of fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason in a political show trial by the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia — on February 14, 2018, at 8 pm. The screening is part of the Embassy of the Czech Republic's Lions of Czech Film Series, bringing the best of Czech cinema to Washington. (Dir. David Mrnka, 2017, 118 min., in English)
Set against the complex, political landscapes of post-WWII, Milada tells the story of a strong woman, a heroine fighting for democracy, who survived imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps only to be arrested and executed by the Communists in 1950. In this character-driven film, the internationally acclaimed actress Ayelet Zurer and Czech star Aňa Geislerová take on the roles of Milada and the state prosecutor via a suspenseful plot. While causing sorrow for those who love her most, Milada fights for her deep convictions for democracy and human rights.
Milada Horáková moved amid some of the greatest minds of her time and inspired those who met her. Her execution shook the world and triggered powerful and fervent responses from many nations and renowned individuals across the globe – Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few. The film, shot at many authentic locations, such as the courtroom where Milada stood 68 years ago, illuminates idealism and shocking tragedy.
Date: February 14, 2018, at 8 pm
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015
Lions of Czech Film Series
This marks the 12th 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.