By Vaclav HAVEL


Drama - Completed 2011

A playwright than political prisoner, finally a president.. but what he really wanted was to direct! Vaclav Havel´s first directorial effort based upon his celebrated play "Leaving". A bitter sweet comedy about a politician in exile, whose life goes gradually from bad to worse.

& Awards

Moscow IFF 2011
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama, Comedy
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • CZECH
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Vaclav HAVEL
    • Writer(s)
    • Vaclav HAVEL
    • Producer(s)
    • Jaroslav BOUCEK (Buc-Film), Jaroslav KUCERA (ČT)
    • Synopsis
    • The End of a Man. The End of an Era. The End of Love.
      Leaving is a 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.
    • Partners & financing
    • Michala & Zdenek Bakala, Czech TV
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2011
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