A neon heart installed above Prague Castle illuminated the city for the last three months of Václav Havel’s presidency in an artist’s tribute to his extraordinary service. His last major undertaking was hosting the NATO summit in 2002 and Němec was granted extraordinary access to film it. Set to make a “special poetic film”, it took Němec years to process what he had witnessed – George W. Bush creating an alliance to invade Iraq.
It may then be the director’s revenge to point his camera lens democratically at everyone involved with the summit, giving the same screen time to kitchen and waiting staff, musicians, security detail and NATO protesters, as to the heads of states and attending dignitaries. Havel however, became as much of a subject as the president on screen, and the film’s narrator, providing commentary in his own voice from the distance of a few years after he left the office. What a treat. Screens together with The Ferrari Dino Girl.  

Original title
Srdce nad Hradem
Filmmaker
Jan Němec
Country
Czech Republic
Year
2007
Medium
Betacam Digi
Length
48’
Language
Czech
Producer
Iva Ruszeláková
Production Company
Jan Němec - Film
Sales
Jan Němec - Film
Writer
Jan Němec
Cinematography
Jiří Maxa, Jan Němec, Karel Cudlín, Petr Marek, Karel Slach
Editor
Šimon Špidla
Sound Design
Ivo Špalj
Music
Michal Pavlíček