Affæren i Prag

Christoffer Emil Bruun, Denmark, 2009

42 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

In October 1986, the journalist Niels Barfoed travelled to Prague to hand over the peace prize of the newspapers Politiken and Dagens Nyheter to Charta 77 and Vaclav Havel, who at the time was one of the leading critics of the Czech political system. What he does not know is that he and his fellow traveller, the Czech-born Martina Schepelern, are being watched by exactly this system and captured in a report that is now in the national archive. Barfoed and Schepelern returns to Prague 22 years later with this report in their hands. For this report turns out to reveal a totalitarian Eastern Europe - much worse than they, and everyone else, knew about at the time. The journey offers a joyful reunion with Vaclav Havel, who since receiving the award became free Czechoslovakia's first president; but it also becomes a gloomy and far from nostalgic look at the past.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Affæren i Prag
Danish title Affæren i Prag
Other titles De andres frihed
Keywords Political systems, Political circumstances, Journalists, Czechoslovakia, Havel, Václav
Director Christoffer Emil Bruun
Producer Mette Heide
Director of Photography Kim Hattesen
Editor Ida Breininge
Composer Peter Peter
Appearances Niels Barfoed, Martina Schepelern
Production country Denmark
Production companies Plus Pictures
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
Danish festival release 09.11.2009, Cinemateket, CPH:DOX
TV release 11.11.2009, DR 2
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production companies Plus Pictures
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Christoffer Emil Bruun


Translation Helena Brezinova


Producer Mette Heide
Production manager Susanne Fosgaard Nielsen
Production manager Anna Vesterholt
Production: Prague Helge Schjørring
Production: Prague Pavel Vesely


Cinematography Kim Hattesen


Editing Ida Breininge
Online editor Anders Skovbjerg Jepsen


Music Peter Peter


Sound: post production Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen


Voice Christoffer Emil Bruun
Tjekkisk speaker Marek Bican

Visual effects

Graphic design Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Colourist Andreas Birch Eriksen


Appearance Niels Barfoed
Appearance Martina Schepelern

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