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Český film "Vera 68", Cleveland International Film Festival

Milí přátelé!

Z letošní nabídky Cleveland International Film Festivalu jsem pro naší skupinu vybrala dva filmy. První z nich, Vera68, se hraje už tento víkend (v neděli ve 14hodin).  Bližší informace na

Dear friends!

Cleveland International Festival presents four Czech movies this year. I selected two of them for our group meetings. The first movie, Vera 68,  will play this Sunday at 2PM. More info on

Věra Čáslavská is a Czech Olympic champion who, in 1968, was voted the world's second most popular woman after Jackie Kennedy. A cheerful blonde who excelled in every area of gymnastics, Věra shot to fame in 1964 after winning three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics. Four years later, in Mexico City, she won four more. But Věra's life has not been all sunshine and adulation, and VERA 68 tells her story. One courageous act of silent protest changed her life forever. In 1968 the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia, and at that year's Olympics all eyes were on Věra. As the Soviet anthem played, she simply turned her head aside. An outcast in her newly Socialist country, she was reduced to cleaning houses in disguise. But as the Cold War ended, President Vaclav Havel hired her as an advisor. Věra remains an ebullient woman who notes that life -- like gymnastics -- has some ups and downs. May Věra Čáslavská continue to celebrate her ups.

(In Czech, Spanish, and Japanese with subtitles)

Happy Spring! Tereza

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