New movie about Czech philosopher and pedagogue Jan Amos Komenský being filmed in Zlin region


Filming is in progress for an upcoming movie called Jako letni sníh (Like summer snow), which is set to focus on one of the most famous Czechs Jan Amos Komenský, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday citing a press announcement from the Executive Director of the Zlín Film Office Magdaléna Hladká. The film is to premiere in cinemas and on Czech Television later this year.

The director of the film Lubomír Hlavsa said that he wants to present Komenský from a new angle. He has chosen the meeting between the Czech philosopher and Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn as a connecting line in his narrative. Actors Alois a David Švehlík will feature in the main roles.

Komenský’s place of birth is estimated to have been in one of the villages or towns in the Zlin region. A member of the protestant Unity of the Brethren, Komenský chose to move into exile after losing his property and writings during the Thirty Years War. Working as an educator and theologian, he led schools and advised governments across Protestant Europe. Eventually settled in Amsterdam, where he died in 1670.