The ashes of the first Czech winner of an Oscar, Ivan Jandl, are to be
interred at a tomb at Prague’s Vyšehrad cemetery on Thursday. Jandl
received the Academy Juvenile Award for his role in the 1948 film The
Search, in which he played a nine-year-old Auschwitz survivor looking for
his mother in post-war Germany. He was not allowed to travel to the US to
collect the award in person.
The late child actor’s remains are being placed at Vyšehrad on the initiative of the Czech Association of Actors. Ivan Jandl did not continue as an actor but found work as an announcer on Czechoslovak Radio. He died in 1987.
Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková received a Student Academy Award for her
short film ‘Who is Who in Mycology’ at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn
Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday night. Dvořáková is the second Czech
winner of a Student Oscar, after Jan Svěrák, who got it in 1989 for his
short film Oil Gobblers.
‘Who is Who in Mycology, which has been chosen as the bronze winner in the narrative film category, is Marie Dvořáková’s graduate film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The film was shot in Czech-US coproduction with Negativ Film Production and Czech Televison and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.
The Czech Film and television Academy has selected Bába z ledu or Ice
Mother, a new feature film by acclaimed director Bohdan Sláma, as the
Czech candidate for the 2018 Academy Awards.
The romantic comedy, shot in a Czech-Slovak-French coproduction, has won the Best Script award in the category of foreign films at the Tribeca film festival in New York.
The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced in January and the ceremony itself will take place on March 3, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Exactly 20 years have passed since the independent Czech Republic celebrated its first ever Oscar win for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie was Kolya, a surprise global critical hit directed by Jan Svěrák, which tells the story of a Czech cellist, played by Jan's father Zdeněk, who is left to raise a young Russian boy after his mother abandons him.
Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming Czech animator Jan Saska. In his late 20s, Saska worked on Happy End throughout studies in Zlín and at Prague’s FAMU film school. The B&W short, about the misadventures of a bunch of Czech hunters, a tractor driver, a party-goer and a not so good-looking corpse, is darkly funny and told in an unconventional
The Czech animated film Happy End, a black comedy about death with a happy ending by film director Jan Saska is on the shortlist for the Oscars in the Animated Shorts category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday. Other animated shorts included in the shortlist are Inner Workings (Disney), Piper (Pixar) and Robert Valley’s Pear Cider and Cigarettes. Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, and the trophy ceremony is set for February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has nominated Ztraceni v Mnichově or Lost in Munich by Petr Zelenka to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The comedy about the 1938 Munich Agreement took this year’s Czech Film Critics' Awards for Best Film Best Screenplay and Best Director. The Czech Republic has last won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1996’s with Jan Svěrák’s Kolya.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has chosen Home Care, a new feature film debut by director Slávek Horák, as its choice for the 2016 Academy Awards. The film snagged two awards at the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the summer and also received a positive review from Variety magazine. The producers are keeping their fingers crossed it will be well-received across the pond and could get an Oscar nomination to boot.
The Shop on Main Street, which won Best Foreign Language Oscar in 1965, has become the first classic Czechoslovak film made available on the iTunes platform. Other gems from the National Film Archive, such as The Cremator, Witchhammer, Cutting it Short and My Sweet Little Village are to be made available soon. The movies come with the option of English subtitles and will be available in English-language markets as well as in the Czech Republic.