Prague’s Old Town Square to turn into summer cinema for screening of Komenský biopic

Prague’s Old Town Square will be transformed into a summer cinema for a one-night-only special event next Monday, June 21, for a screening of the new Jan Amos Komenský biopic Like Summer Snow.

The film will be presented in Czech with English subtitles; admission is free.

The event takes place on the 400th anniversary of the execution of 27 Bohemian lords in Old Town Square on June 21, 1621, a Hapsburg reprisal for the 1618 Defenestration of Prague and subsequent Battle of White Mountain that started the Thirty Years’ War.

Komenský, considered the father of modern education and one of the most important figures in Czech history, lost all of his work during this period as he became a religious refugee.

Like Summer Snow – The Life of Jan Amos Komenský (Jako letní sníh – Život J. A. Komenského) was produced by Czech Television, and premiered on TV this April; the Old Town Square screening marks its ‘cinematic’ debut.

The film tells not only the story of Komenský, but imagines a possible meeting with painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt’s Portrait of an Old Man in an Armchair is thought to depict Komenský.

The screening of Like Summer Snow – The Life of Jan Amos Komenský at Prague’s Old Town Square on Monday, June 21 will begin from 21:00.

While admission is free, a limited number of seats will be provided; organizers recommend booking in advance through the email address

More information about the screening can be found at the website of the organizer, Vistafilm.



Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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