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AWARDS Czech Republic

Ice Mother triumphs at the annual Czech Lions ceremony

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- Bohdan Sláma’s film about finding love in older age scooped the most awards during the evening

Ice Mother triumphs at the annual Czech Lions ceremony
Zuzana Kronerová, Bohdan Sláma and Pavel Nový clutching some of their awards for Ice Mother

After the Czech film critics voiced their opinion on domestic cinema produced in 2017 (read the news), domestic academy members got their turn to do so for the 25th time at the annual Czech Lions ceremony. These accolades paint a slightly different portrait of domestic production compared to the critics’ opinion. The Czech Film and Television Academy voted Bohdan Sláma’s dramedy Ice Mother [+see also:
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 as the country’s submission for the Best Foreign-language Film category at the 90th edition of the Academy Awards, and in fact, the movie ended up being nominated in every category of the Czech Lions. At the end of the night, the production team behind Ice Mother left with six awards – for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Script. 

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Three statuettes (from 13 nominations) were handed to Barefoot [+see also:
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 by writer-director Jan Svěrák, adapting a book by his father, Zdeněk Svěrák, and serving as a prequel to their 1991 film The Elementary School. The period biopic Milada [+see also:
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 by David Mrnka took home the Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Make-up and Hair Styling. Václav Kadrnka’s medieval road movie inspired by a poem about the Children’s Crusade, Little Crusader [+see also:
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, which was nominated in nine categories, won out in the Best Music category, whereas the Slovak-Czech co-produced rape drama Filthy [+see also:
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interview: Tereza Nvotová
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 by emerging director Tereza Nvotová, which won Best Film at the Czech Film Critics’ Awards, left the ceremony with one Lion for Best Editing. Domestic public broadcaster Czech Television won both TV awards, for Best Television Film or Miniseries, and Best Television Drama Series, thanks to Justice (Spravedlnost) by Slovak director Peter Bebjak and Svět pod hlavou (inspired by the BBC’s Life on Mars) by Marek Najbrt and Radim Špaček, respectively.

The atmosphere during the ceremony was politically charged, as Czech personalities from the film industry defended the independence of public broadcasters following the newly re-elected president’s jab at Czech Television during his inauguration speech. While receiving yet another award for a leading role, Slovakian actress Zuzana Krónerová warned against “the arrogance of power” in the wake of the murder of a Slovakian investigative journalist and his fiancée, which shocked the world and triggered a governmental crisis in Slovakia.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film
Ice Mother [+see also:
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 – Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic/Slovakia/France)

Best Documentary
Cervená [+see also:
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 – Olga Sommerová (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

Best Director
Bohdan Sláma – Ice Mother

Best Actress
Zuzana Kronerová – Ice Mother

Best Actor
Pavel Nový – Ice Mother

Best Supporting Actress
Petra Špalková – Ice Mother

Best Supporting Actor
Oldřich Kaiser – Barefoot [+see also:
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 (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Denmark)

Best Script
Bohdan Sláma – Ice Mother

Best Cinematography
Vladimír Smutný – Barefoot 

Best Editing
Jiří Brožek, Michal Lánský, Jana Vlčková – Filthy [+see also:
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interview: Tereza Nvotová
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]
(Czech Republic/Slovakia)

Best Sound
Jakub Čech, Claus Lynge – Barefoot

Best Music
Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi – Little Crusader [+see also:
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interview: Václav Kadrnka
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]
(Czech Republic/Slovakia/Italy)

Best Stage Design
Aurel Klimt, Martin Velíšek, František Lipták – Lajka [+see also:
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Best Costume Design
Simona Rybáková – Milada [+see also:
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(Czech Republic/USA) 

Best Make-up and Hair Styling
Andrea McDonald – Milada

Best Television Film or Miniseries
Justice (Spravedlnost) – Peter Bebjak
Producers: Kateřina Ondřejková, Rastislav Šesták (Czech Television

Best Television Drama Series
Svět pod hlavou – Marek Najbrt, Radim Špaček
Producers: Vratislav Šlajer, Michal Reitler (Czech Television)

Magnesia Award for Best Student Film 
Atlantida, 2003 – Michal Blaško

Best Film Poster
Jiří Karásek, Lukáš Fišárek – Barefoot

Film Fans Award
Barefoot – Jan Svěrák

Honorary Award for Unique Contribution to Czech Cinema
Alois Fišárek

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