Archive of films Dukla 61 / Dukla 61

Czech Republic
2018, 150 min

Section: Czech Films 2017–2018
Year: 2018

David Ondříček’s TV film looks back at one of the country's greatest mining tragedies. In 1961 a fire broke out in the Dukla mine near Ostrava and killed 108 miners. This rousing family drama heads slowly towards a needless and incomprehensible disaster that resonates in the harsh region to this very day.


One of the most remarkable Czech television productions of recent times focuses on the largest mine disaster of the latter 20th century. Unmet standards, the pressure to produce results, and an avalanche of critical errors caused a fire on July 7, 1961, during which 108 men suffocated in a Dukla mineshaft. Director David Ondříček turns the half-forgotten tragedy into a family drama that ultimately morphs into a catastrophic thriller. The work, which was shot in a former mine in Rakovník, Czechia, is thus transformed into an emotive take on the period that pays tribute to the mining profession. Those brave men regarded their work as a mission, even though they risked their lives each and every day.

Jan Škoda

About the director

David Ondříček (b. 1969, Prague). Selected filmography: Whisper (1996), Loners (2000), One Hand Can’t Clap (2003), Grandhotel (2006), In the Shadow (2012), Dukla 61 (2018)


Česká televize
Kavčí hory, 140 70, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 261 131 111
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP

Section: Czech Films 2017–2018
Director: David Ondříček
Screenplay: Jakub Režný, Matěj Podzimek
Dir. of Photography: Marek Dvořák
Music: Beata Hlavenková
Editor: Jakub Hejna
Art Director: David Vondrášek, Kateřina Štefková
Producer: Michal Reitler
Production: Česká televize
Cast: Martha Issová, Marek Taclík, Oskar Hes, Antonie Formanová, Peter Nádasdi, Robert Mikluš
Sales: Česká televize


David Ondříček

Film Director, Producer

Jitka Procházková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative

Petra Štovíková

Festival Organizer, TV Representative, Producer

Oskar Hes


Antonie Formanová


Matěj Podzimek


Jakub Režný


Martha Issová


Jakub Hejna

Film Editor, Film Director

Kateřina Štefková

Film Crew

Michal Reitler


Matěj Stehlík


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