Winter Flies crowned Best Czech Film by the national film academy
by Martin Kudláč
- Olmo Omerzu’s movie and Ondřej Havelka’s The Hastrman were among the most-celebrated domestic titles at the Czech Lion Awards
After Czech film critics got a chance to cast their votes in order to single out the best oeuvres of 2018 just one month ago (see the news), the Czech Film Academy voiced its opinions over the weekend, celebrating domestic cinema at the annual Czech Lion ceremony. The big surprise at the 26th edition was that the historical biopic drama Toman [+see also:
film profile] by Ondřej Trojan (see the news) had racked up 13 nominations but did not take home a single trophy. However, the most-celebrated film of the evening turned out to be the coming-of-age road movie Winter Flies [+see also:
interview: Olmo Omerzu
film profile] by Olmo Omerzu, which cashed in on the majority of its ten nominations (two for Best Supporting Actress), including Best Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Script. Omerzu thus became doubly crowned as Best Director, adding the Czech Lion to the prize he received from the domestic film critics.
Omerzu’s was not the only case on which both academy members and film critics saw eye to eye, as Jenovéfa Boková netted the Best Actress Award for her performance in Beata Parkanová’s feature debut, Moments [+see also:
interview: Beata Parkanová
interview: Beata Parkanová
film profile]. Czech surrealist maestro Jan Švankmajer won the Best Stage Design Award for the art direction on what was previously announced to be his last feature project, Insect [+see also:
interview: Jan Švankmajer
film profile], along with his son Václav Švankmajer – and both also received the Best Audiovisual Achievement Award during the Czech film critics’ ceremony for the very same reason. One of the most interesting debuts of the last year, besides Parkanová’s Moments, was Domestique [+see also:
interview: Adam Sedlák
film profile] by Adam Sedlák, a drama with body-horror elements, which won the Best Sound Award (it also had a second nomination for Best Music).
The second most-nominated film, the period romantic thriller The Hastrman by Ondřej Havelka, picked up four awards (Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Music and Best Costume Design), while the sports drama The Golden Sting by Radim Procházka, which had notched up nine nominations, shared Toman’s fate, winning none. The same thing happened to the historical biopic Jan Palach [+see also:
film profile], which had accumulated eight nominations and was even considered the Best Film of 2018 by the national film critics. Also on the list of nominees was the road dramedy The Interpreter [+see also:
interview: Martin Šulík
film profile] by Slovakian director Martin Šulík (four nominations), which did not garner any trophies.
Besides domestic cinema, the Czech Lions acknowledge the most interesting television projects as well. The comedy series Dubbing Street by Petr Zelenka, who turned his play (which he also directed) into a television series, won the Best Television Drama Series Award, while the two-part TV movie Dukla 61, about a horrendous mining tragedy that took place in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, directed by David Ondříček, won the Best Television Film Award.
Here is the complete list of Czech Lion winners:
Olmo Omerzu – Winter Flies
Karel Dobrý – The Hastrman (Czech Republic)
Best Supporting Actress
Eliška Křenková – Winter Flies
Best Supporting Actor
Jan František Uher - Winter Flies
Petr Pýcha - Winter Flies
Diviš Marek - The Hastrman
Best Film Editing
Jana Vlčková - Winter Flies
Petr Wajsar - The Hastrman
Best Costume Design
Eva Kotková - The Hastrman
Best Make-up and Hairstyling
Zdeněk Klika – The Magic Quill (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Best Television Film or Miniseries
Dukla 61 - David Ondříček (Czech Republic)
Best Television Drama Series
Dubbing Street - Petr Zelenka
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