The physician and politician Dr. Frantisek Kriegel is the hero of the Prague Spring of 1968. On the night of August 21st he was arrested and kidnapped to Moscow together with five leaders of the party and the state (Dubcek, Cerník, Smrkovský, Spacek and Simon). He was the only Czechoslovak politician who managed to stand up to Brezhnev in Moscow captivity. Even under the threat of liquidation he refused to sign the Moscow Protocol – a document that practically legalized the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This film is based on true story, documents and written accounts of the surviving participants of those tragic events from 1968.
“Russia under Vladimir Putin has moved back in the direction of a highly centralized authoritarianism, which has characterized the state for most of its 1,000-year history. There is no real diference between what Brezhnev did in 1968 and what Putin is doing today. You must see this film to understand why people like this must be defeated.” – The Guardian
Director: Petr Nikolaev
Tomás Töpfer (How Poets Wait for Miracle, The Sadness of Mrs. Snajdrova)
Ivan Shvedoff (Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Enemy at the Gates)
Adrian Jastraban (Havel, Burning Bush)
Miroslav Táborský (Les Misérables, The Brothers Grimm)
Country: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania
Running Time: 120 min.