Citizen Havel / Občan Havel

After the split of Czechoslovakia in 1992, former political dissident, leader of the Velvet Revolution, playwright any essayist Václav Havel became the first president of a new country, the Czech Republic. Thus it came to pass that a former enemy of the state was actually given the popular mandate to transform that state and its institutions. Such events are not commonplace so, from day one, he permitted his friend, filmmaker Pavel Koutecký, to be with him, to capture as much of it as possible, whether in the Prague Castle or around the world.

The result is CITIZEN HAVEL, a feature-length documentary of never-before-seen footage that provides an intimate look at a man thrust into the spotlight of international politics and celebrity, trying to maintain a balance between public and personal life while bringing his nation out of its communist past and into a free, democratic future.



Country of Production
Czech Republic

Year of Production

35 mm, Digi Beta Pal

58 / 120 min

Pavel Koutecký and Miroslav Janek

Film & Sociologie, Negativ, Michael Wolkowitz, Studio KF, FTV

Original Language
Czech, English

English, French

Festivals / Awards

Berlinale 2008, FORUM
One World Human Rights FF Prague 2008 (The Viewer´s Award and the Jury´s Special Mention Award)
Sofia IFF 2008
It’s All True IDF 2008
Buenos Aires Independent FF BAFICI 2008
Visions du Réel Nyon 2008
DOK.FEST Munich 2008
Hot Docs Toronto 2008