Czechoslovak Radio in 1968 invasion setting for new film by Jiří Mádl

Photo: Khalil Baalbaki, Czech Radio

Czechoslovak Radio saw some of the most intense violence when the USSR led an invasion of the country in August 1968. That traumatic moment and the preceding Prague Spring period are the setting for a new film, Vlny/Waves, now being made by well-known actor-writer-director Jiří Mádl. I discussed the project with him at Czech Radio this week.

“The main focus is on two brothers and I’d say that the main topic is taking care of your loved ones in hard times.

“The story takes us through their relationship, where the older brother is hired under strange circumstances into this very high-profile newsroom – a group of journalists.

“That puts him in danger, which he doesn’t want; he was trying to avoid any kind of danger in the ‘60s, which was a hard time for journalists and for freedom of speech in general.

“So he doesn’t really want to work for the heroes, he wants to be hidden – but he’s there.”

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Author: Ian Willoughby