By Vaclav HAVEL

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Comedy - Completed 2011

LEAVING is a bitter sweet comedy that follows a highly appointed Chancellor who set to step down from his position after years of service to his country. With just two last days left to enjoy his palatial villa before he is finally evicted, his situation gradually goes from bad to worse.

& Awards

Moscow IFF 2011
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • CZECH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Vaclav HAVEL
    • Writer(s)
    • Vaclav HAVEL
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Leaving is the story of a turning point in a person’s life. Dr. Vilém Rieger was a chancellor for many years; however, he recently was ousted from his office and he evidently is unable to cope with this on the inside. Although he endeavours to not let it show, in essence his world has collapsed. He must move out of the government’s villa, which has over the years become his home, and he must undergo undignified procedures separating the government’s things from his private things. Simultaneously - and primarily - he must live through the falling apart of his surroundings, his “court”, and realise how little he knew it: his grovelling secretary turns out to be a snake, a nasty bureaucrat the only one faithful to him, Rieger’s older daughter slowly backs away from her original intention to have her father live with her, the younger daughter, who appeared to be only a kind of family ornament, on the contrary is the only one who looks for a realistic way out. Rieger receives an offer from higher up, an offer that would allow him to stay in the villa if he publicly supports his cynical adversary. This offer is backed by blackmail: his enemies, as it turns out, have acquired some incriminating letters, which they are prepared to offer to a tabloid newspaper. The broken Rieger eventually capitulates totally: he accepts the humiliating position of advisor to his former secretary-traitor and he even rationally justifies this move.
      The film is not just about the leaving of one politician from his office, but more generally about the phenomenon of change itself: every second something comes and something irretrievably goes. We do not know from where everything emerges and know even less to where it disappears. This is in fact a classic theme of dramas: the end. The end of a man. The end of an era. The end of a community. The end of love.
    • Partners & financing
    • Michaela & Zdenek Bakala, RWE, Czech Television, Minister of Culture in Czech Rep.
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