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Czech critics name the trio of 2015's best films for their annual awards

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- The Snake Brothers, Home Care and Lost in Munich are nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay

Czech critics name the trio of 2015's best films for their annual awards
The Snake Brothers by Jan Prušinovský

Before the Czech Film and Television Academy announces its verdict at the annual Czech Lion awards gala, this year handing out prizes to television projects in three categories for the first time ever, domestic film critics will have their say at an event of their own on 23 January, at the sixth edition of the Czech Film Critics' Awards. The year 2015 can be judged as a successful one for Czech cinema in terms of both co-productions and domestic productions, the latter being reflected to a certain extent by the Czech Film Critics' Awards shortlist.

The critics have shone the spotlight on three films: the topical social dramedy The Snake Brothers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jan Prušinovský
film profile
]
, directed by Jan Prušinovský, leads the pack with six nominations – three in the main categories and three for its performances; one nomination behind it is the Czech nominee for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, Home Care [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Slávek Horák
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Slávek Horák; and the trio is rounded off by the latest film by Petr Zelenka, Lost in Munich [+see also:
trailer
interview: Petr Zelenka
film profile
]
. In the latter, Zelenka took a story about French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier's pet parrot, which, after several decades, reveals its secrets and comes out with unflattering comments about the Czechs, which it overheard during the Munich crisis. Zelenka then incorporated this tale into a complex and delicately structured cinematic work that criss-crosses between a lesson on the nation's complex history, an absurd comedy and a satire on the making of a film. Lost in Munich is nominated in three main categories.

A new category has also been opened up in the Critics' Awards, honouring Best Audiovisual Work. The three films present in the inaugural edition of this category are Little from the Fish Shop [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and The Little Man, both animated, stop-motion films nominated for their art design, and Štěpán Altrichter's feature debut, Schmitke [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
, which is being recognised for its sound. As usual, the critics will be handing out an Award for Discovery of the Year, which will see Štěpán Altrichter competing as director and co-writer of Schmitke, alongside young filmmaker Andy Fehu, who cut his teeth on amateur and semi-professional projects, nominated for his feature debut, the lo-fi horror The Greedy Tiffany [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, and Slávek Horák, nominated for his skyrocketing debut, Home Care.

The awards will be handed out on 23 January.

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Film
Home Care [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Slávek Horák
film profile
]
- Slávek Horák
The Snake Brothers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jan Prušinovský
film profile
]
- Jan Prušinovský
Lost in Munich [+see also:
trailer
interview: Petr Zelenka
film profile
]
- Petr Zelenka

Best Documentary
Daniel's World [+see also:
trailer
interview: Veronika Lišková
film profile
]
- Veronika Lišková
Mallory - Helena Třeštíková
Lean a Ladder Against Heaven - Jana Ševčíková

Best Director
Slávek Horák - Home Care
Jan Prušinovský - The Snake Brothers
Petr Zelenka - Lost in Munich

Best Screenplay
Slávek Horák - Home Care
Jaroslav Žváček - The Snake Brothers
Petr Zelenka - Lost in Munich

Best Actress (Main and Supporting Role)
Martha Issová - Seven Ravens [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Alena Mihulová - Home Care
Lucie Žáčková - The Snake Brothers

Best Actor (Main and Supporting Role)
Kryštof Hádek - The Snake Brothers
Matěj Hádek - The Snake Brothers
Peter Kurth - Schmitke [+see also:
film review
film profile
]

Best Audiovisual Work
Little from the Fish Shop [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– art design
The Little Man – art design
Schmitke – sound

RWE Award for Discovery of the Year
Štěpán Altrichter (Schmitke: director, co-writer)
Andy Fehu (The Greedy Tiffany: director, writer)
Slávek Horák (Home Care: director, writer, producer)

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