The Snake Brothers dominates the Czech Lion Awards
by Martin Kudláč
- Jan Prušinovský’s social dramedy has topped the Czech Film and Television Academy’s list of the best films
A month after the Czech film critics’ awards ceremony (read the news), the Czech Film and Television Academy got a chance to cast its votes in order to honour domestic production from the last year at the 23rd edition of the annual Czech Lion Awards. Similarly to the critics’ opinions, the likeliest contenders were the unconventional political comedy Lost in Munich [+see also:
interview: Petr Zelenka
film profile] (with 15 nominations) by Petr Zelenka, Jan Prušinovský’s social dramedy The Snake Brothers [+see also:
interview: Jan Prušinovský
film profile] (12 nominations) and the bittersweet comedy Home Care [+see also:
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film profile] (nine nominations) by first-timer Slávek Horák. Seven Ravens [+see also:
film profile], the fairy tale by Alice Nellis, was nominated in nine categories, while emerging director Štěpán Altrichter got eight nods for his mysterious comedy Schmitke [+see also:
film profile], and a fictionalised biography of Jan Saudek, The Photograph [+see also:
film profile] (starring Karel Roden as the artist), boasted seven nominations.
The ceremony followed a different course compared to how the film critics voted (they awarded Petr Zelenka’s oeuvre in the main categories), and thus it was Jan Prušinovský’s realistic social tale The Snake Brothers, penned by budding scriptwriter Jaroslav Žváček, that shone through at the gala. The Best Film and Best Director Awards were handed to Prušinovský on stage, while his team did not leave empty-handed, either. Siblings Matěj
and Kryštof Hádek, who played the protagonists, took home the Best Actor Awards in the main and supporting categories, respectively, whereas Lucie Žáčková won for Best Supporting Actress and DoP Petr Koblovský received the Best Cinematography Award. In a public poll, film aficionados voted The Snake Brothers as the winner of the Film Fan Award.
The critics’ favourite, Lost in Munich, netted only two prizes, for Best Script and Best Editing, the same number that Altrichter’s atmospheric feature debut Schmitke ended up winning (Best Sound Design and Best Music). Seven Ravens was successful in reaping accolades in the technical categories, snagging Best Stage Design, Best Costumes, and Best Make-up and Hairstyling. The Czech pick for the Oscars race (read the news), Home Care, earned itself only one statue, and that was for Alena Mihulová’s performance in the leading role. In fact, she was presented with the same award after the movie’s world premiere at Karlovy Vary last year (read the news).
For the first time, the academy decided to award not only films, but also television production, considering the rising quality of TV shows. “We therefore decided to increase the number of Czech Lions awarded with three television categories. Individual features and series will first be nominated by television companies, and then in the second round, they will be evaluated by the votes of the academy members,” said Tereza Rychnovská, managing director of the Czech Film and Television Academy. The Best Drama Series Award went to HBO’s crime show Mamon, starring Matěj Hádek, whilst Czech Television’s film American Letters, about a secret episode in the life of composer Antonín Dvořák, won the Best Television Film Award.
Here is the full list of winners:
Lean a Ladder Against Heaven – Jana Ševčíková
Jan Prušinovský – The Snake Brothers
Matěj Hádek – The Snake Brothers
Best Supporting Actress
Lucie Žáčková – The Snake Brothers
Best Supporting Actor
Kryštof Hádek – The Snake Brothers
Petr Koblovský – The Snake Brothers
Vladimír Barák – Lost in Munich
Kateřina Štefková – Seven Ravens
Juraj Steiner – Seven Ravens
Exceptional Feat in Audiovisual Arts
Blaník Office (season 3)
Best Television Film or Miniseries
Best Television Drama Series
Best Television Documentary or Series
Magnesia Award for Best Student Film (non-statutory award)
Peacock – Ondřej Hudeček
Film Fan Award (non-statutory award)
The Snake Brothers – Jan Prušinovský
Best Film Poster (non-statutory award)
Michal Tilsch – The Snake Brothers
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