WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Ondřej Trojan | 144 min
Czech with English subtitles
Sunday, May 197:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Tuesday, May 217:50 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ondřej Trojan (Zelary) presents a fascinating historical drama revolving around the real-life figure of Zdeněk Toman, a controversial and singular character in modern Czech politics. In the years following World War II, he served as the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, where he orchestrated the coup of 1948 and the Czechoslovak Communist Party’s rise to power.
He was an unscrupulous careerist and an unsavory politician, blackmailing, exploiting, and intimidating his way to the top of the Communist food chain. But he has another unlikely other role in the history books—as a savior of Jews.