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Czech film critics reveal nominations for their annual awards

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- The Way Out spearheads the Czech Film Critics' Awards nominations

Czech film critics reveal nominations for their annual awards
The Way Out by Petr Václav

A good number of the Czech films of 2014 have been shortlisted for the fifth edition of the Czech Film Critics' Awards. These prizes were introduced in order to draw attention to the most interesting films from the point of view of a professional film critic and to provide another outlook on domestic production. In their relatively short lifespan, the Czech Film Critics' Awards have earned a great deal of respect and have started to serve as an alternative to the more firmly established Czech Lions. Having two annual film awards also enables critics to identify higher-quality films, such as Burning Bush [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, which dominated both ceremonies last year.

A clearer idea of which were the best Czech films of 2014 is now starting to take shape. Petr Václav's The Way Out [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Petr Václav
film profile
]
, a drama about the downward social spiral and the struggle to break free from prejudice, scored six and thus the most nominations, for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actress and Discovery of the Year. The daring debut To See the Sea [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
, written and directed by actor/filmmaker Jiří Mádl, is nominated in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor. Klaudia Dudová has already been awarded for her role in The Way Out and is now in the running for Discovery of the Year, along with Mádl for his directorial debut and Tomáš Pavlíček for his first feature film, the comedy Totally Talking [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. The sports drama Fair Play [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Andrea Sedláčková, which has been chosen as a contender for the Best Foreign-language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, landed four nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress.

The omnibus film Gottland, based on the book by Polish journalist and writer Mariusz Szczygieł and consisting of short films by young documentary makers (Viera Čákanyová, Petr Hátle, Rozálie Kohoutová, Lukáš Kokeš and Klára Tasovská), is nominated for Best Documentary. The winner of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Into the Clouds We Gaze, and the biographical documentary The Magic Voice of a Rebel, about singer and Charter 77 spokesperson Marta Kubišová, are also competing for the award.

The winners will be announced on 24 January.

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Film
The Way Out
Fair Play
To See the Sea

Best Documentary
Gottland
Into
the Clouds We Gaze
The Magic Voice of a Rebel

Best Director
Petr Václav (The Way Out)
Andrea Sedláčková (Fair Play)
Jiří Mádl (To See the Sea)

Best Screenplay
Petr Václav (The Way Out)
Andrea Sedláčková (Fair Play)
Jiří Mádl (To See the Sea)

Best Cinematography
Štěpán Kučera (The Way Out)
Jaromír Kačer (Places)

Best Actor
Bolek Polívka (Angels)
Martin Finger (Krásno [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
)
Ondřej Nosálek (Us 2)
Petr Šimčák (To See the Sea)

Best Actress
Klaudia Dudová (The Way Out)
Tatiana Vilhelmová (Nowhere in Moravia [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
)
Judit Bárdos (Fair Play)

RWE Award for Discovery of the Year
Klaudia Dudová (actress, The Way Out)
Jiří Mádl (director and writer, To See the Sea)
Tomáš Pavlíček (director and writer, Totally Talking)

Toronto Report
Jihlava
Focal Production Value
 

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