Václav Havel wraps up his film debutČTK | 24 August 2010
Prague, Aug 23 (CTK) - Former Czech president and playwright Vaclav Havel has completed the shooting of his first film The Leaving, based on his latest drama, these days, project spokeswoman Uljana Donatova told CTK yesterday.
"It has been very interesting and remarkable experience for me," Havel, 73, said about his debut as a film director.
He stressed that it was very important that he had worked with the best professionals in the branch, including director of photography Jan Malir and editor Jiri Brozek, on the project.
The film is produced by Jaroslav Boucek's company BUC Film. The public Czech Television (CT) is a coproducer.
"It is one of the most demanding projects I have ever materialised," producer Boucek said, adding that mainly because they managed to secure the film budget in a record short time of three months.
According to previous information, the budget is about 44 million crowns.
No major problems accompanied the shooting that started on July 1, Boucek added.
The Leaving was shot in the locations of the Cerych villa in Ceska Skalice, east Bohemia, and at the Ploskovice chateau, north Bohemia.
Josef Abrham and Havel's wife, actress Dagmar Havlova, play the leading roles.
The premiere is scheduled for next March.
The world premiere of The Leaving, a story of a man leaving a high-ranking political post, took place in Prague's Archa theatre on May 22, 2008. The first foreign premiere was in London's Orange Tree Theatre on September 19, 2008.
Havel, anti-communist activist, was Czechoslovak president from the fall of the communist regime in late 1989 until mid-1992 and Czech president from 1993 until 2003.
Since he left the presidential post, Havel has primarily focused on human rights observance in the world. He returned to theatre with The Leaving.
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