The movie based on the life of politician Milada Horáková who was executed by the Communists after a show trial in the hardline 1950s is in post-production and will premiere on October 31st of this year. The film’s director, producer and scriptwriter David Mrnka spent nine years working on the project. Milada Horáková is portrayed by the Israeli-American actress Ayelet Zurer. American actor Robert Grant plays her husband. The screenplay is based on materials provided by Horáková’s daughter Jana Kánská.
The country’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes on Tuesday launched a new project to commemorate victims of former Czechoslovakia’s communist regime. Called “Last Address”, the idea was inspired by similar initiatives in Russia. Within the project, plaques will be installed at victims’ final addresses – recalling their lives and what they stood for, for which they died.
Czech US-based director David Mrnka has started filming a feature film about Milada Horáková, a Czechoslovak democratic MP executed by the communists in 1950, who has become a symbol of resistance to Czechoslovakia's Communist regime. The main role will be played by Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, who starred in Steven Spielberg's Munich. Czech actress Anna Geislerová will appear in the role of the infamous communist prosecutor Ludmila Brožová. The shooting of “Milada” will take place mainly in Prague and Terezín. The film will be shot in English and subsequently dubbed in Czech.
Lawyer Marek Kincl of TOP 09 has failed in his appeal against a verdict exonerating the Communist Party and its deputy Marta Semelová over comments she made regarding executed politician Milada Horáková and the 1968 Soviet invasion. Mr. Kincl had told the Prague Municipal Court he felt fear and anxiety over the possible restoration of a “criminal totalitarian Communist regime” following the comments from Ms. Semelová. Speaking on Czech Television, she cast doubt on the fact Milada Horáková had been forced to confess in a 1950 show trial. She also said the Soviet-led invasion of August 1968 had been a case of international assistance, not occupation.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and deputy prime minister Pavel Bělobradek have paid homage on behalf of the government to the victims of Communism. Bělobradek, the leader of the Christian Democrats, laid a wreath at a memorial in Prague 5 district. Monday is the 66th anniversary of the execution of Milada Horáková, the woman member of parliament found guilty in a show trial in 1950 staged by the Communist regime. The death penalty was carried out in spite of last minutes pleas for clemency from the likes of Albert Einstein and the Pope. A series of commemorative events were scheduled in the Czech capital and across the country.
An event commemorating Milada Horáková and other victims of the Communist regime is being held in Prague on Monday, which is the anniversary of her execution following a show trial in 1950. The public are being invited to light candles at the gathering at Kampa Museum at 20:30. Other memorial events are also being held on Monday, including at Pankrác prison, where politician Milada Horáková became the only women put to death by the Communists.
Communist Party MP Marta Semelová, who shocked many with her comments on the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia and the judicial murder of Milada Horáková in the 1950s, will not have to apologize for her words. A Prague district court dismissed the case against her on Wednesday, saying that the complaint was legally unsubstantiated.
The Prague 1 district court on Wednesday dealt with the case against Communist Party MP Marta Semelová for her controversial statements about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and the 1950 show trial of Milada Horáková. The defamation charges against Mrs Semelová were filed by TOP09 lawyer Michal Kincl. Police had previously said that the deputy’s comments on Czech Television in 2014 had not been a criminal offence. Mrs Semelová questioned whether Milada Horáková’s confession had been forced and said the Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia had in fact represented international help. The court later ruled that the MP had no case to answer and did not need to make an apology.
Communist Party MP Marta Semelová is set to face trial over comments she made about politician Milada Horáková, executed by the Communists in 1950, and the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. The Prague 1 District Court is to hear a defamation action taken by TOP 09 lawyer Michal Kincl at the start of next year, according to court information posted on the internet. The police had previously said that Ms. Semelová’s comments on Czech Television in 2014 had not been a criminal offence. The deputy cast doubt over whether Milada Horáková’s confession had been forced and said the Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia had in fact represented international help.