While all eyes were on the awarding of the Oscars in Los Angeles on Sunday, the main event in cinema in the Czech Republic came a day earlier with the awarding of the Czech Lions. This year ten Czech films competed in 13 categories. The film Protektor by director Marek Najbrt dominated, winning six awards on the night, including Best Picture. More
The film Protector directed by Marek Najbrt triumphed at the 17th annual Czech Lion Awards picking up six trophies: the coveted award for best Czech film as well as the awards for best screenplay, best direction, best music, best editing and best leading actress. The Czech Film and Television Academy has nominated the film to represent the Czech Republic at the Oscars. Three Seasons in Hell directed by Tomas Mašín collected three awards, for best leading actor (Kryštof Hádek) best camera and best sound. The awards for supporting actor and actress went to Ladislav Chudík and Daniela Kolářová who both appeared in Kawasaki’s Rose directed by Jan Hřebejk. The special award for outstanding contribution to Czech film went to actress Jana Brejchová.
Six films are in the running for the 17th annual Czech Lion Awards due to be announced on Saturday evening. Among the nominees selected by the Czech film and Television Academy are Three seasons in Hell directed by Tomas Mašín, Protector directed by Marek Najbrt and Jan Hřebejk’s Kawasaki’s Rose. The film academy has already selected actress Jana Brejchová for the prize given for lifelong-contribution to Czech cinematography. The Czech equivalent of the Oscars will take place at Prague’s Lucerna ballroom.
Cameraman Juraj Šajmovič, born in Czechoslovakia in 1932, will receive a lifetime achievement award on Saturday recognising his contribution to Czech cinema and television production. The cameraman worked on such projects as Return to Paradise Lost by director Vojtěch Jasný, the film Golet v Údolí (for which he received a Czech Lion), and the TV series l13 komnata (13th chamber). The Association of Czech Cinematographers is made up of around 190 members; members of the jury deciding this year’s lifetime achievement honour included film critic Věra Míšková and director David Ondříček.
The Czech film about the moral dilemmas facing a family under the communist regime, Kawasaki’s Rose, has been awarded two prizes by independent juries at the Berlin film festival. The film directed by Jan Hřebejk was awarded prizes by the ecumenical jury, which represents members of the Catholic and Protestant churches, and by the jury representing the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas. The main awards from the 60th Berlin film festival were due to be announced on Saturday night.
It’s that time of the year again for the Czech film industry; the red carpet is about to come out for the Czech Lions – that is, the top Czech film prize awarded by the Czech Film and Television Academy – but there have also been a series of higher-than-ordinary-profile films of late and some new directions taken in the industry. In the studio to talk over some of that, and to give us an idea of what’s to come, I spoke to film critic and reporter Ilona Francková, who has had a careful eye on the goings-on of the Czech film world for much of the last decade. She was one of the main writers for the popular cinema monthly Premiere and reports on film and culture for a wide range of publications in the country. I began by asking her what Czech films might soon be making a splash outside of the Czech Republic. More
Kawasakiho Růže or Kawasaki’s Rose is the newest film by the successful Czech director-screenwriter duo Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovský. In Kawasaki’s Rose, Hřebejk, considered one of the leading directors of his generation, explores a story about family tensions, but as the conflict between the characters escalates, the film becomes deeply political. More
Interviewing Anna Geislerová leaves you with little doubt as to how she came to be the most well-known actress in the Czech Republic. She hardly needs a role to be a fascinating character in her own right: individualistic, forthright, thoughtful and indeed very charming. She puts her personality into a lot of different activities - literary, charitable, social, artistic - and the country loves her for it. But the Czech Republic has become too small for Anna Geislerová. In the illustrious Vinohrady Theatre, where she was doing a photo shoot, we talked about where she’s going now and how she got to where she is. More
"Zoufalci" started out as a thesis film. It was then picked up for production by Czech Television and is currently showing in movie theaters across the Czech Republic. I talked to the film's director, Jitka Rudolfová, who just finished her studies at Prague's Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), about the unexpected success of her film. More
PanoramaNew exhibition gives lovers of Czech fairy tale films a chance to see original costumes up close
Film versions of fairytales are hugely popular in the Czech Republic, with the likes of Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella, The Golden-Star Princess and Once There was a King staples of the television schedules around Christmas time. Many of the best loved film fairytales were made during the communist era at Prague’s famous Barrandov studios. A year ago, an exhibition organized in collaboration with Barrandov for the first time gave Czech fairytale fanatics a chance to take a peek at the original costumes used in their favorite films. This year, another exhibition is being put on with additional, never before exhibited costumes that the organizers managed to hunt down since the last exhibition closed. Vladimir Žán is one of the organizers of “Jak se oblékají pohádky”, which translates as “How fairy tales dress” in English. We spoke on the eve of the show’s opening at Prague’s Municipal House. More