Ice Mother (Bába z ledu), written and directed by Bohdan Sláma, won big at the Czech film awards this weekend, taking home 6 awards. The movie won the best film, best director, best screenplay, best actress, best actor and best supporting actress categories.
The Cesky Lev, or Czech Lion, was this weekend held for the 25th year in Prague and was the subject of some political controversy as some nominees and winners used their airtime to comment on politics. Much like Trump taking flak from Hollywood in the US, Czech President Milos Zeman was the subject of some sharp criticism from the Czech movie industry at this years show. Zeman has been involved in a longstanding dispute with Czech Television, or Ceske Televizie, and some took the opportunity to defend the network:
“This gala evening is broadcast by Czech Television, which does not belong to any oligarch, but to our citizens. If anyone wanted to destroy the sovereignty of public service television, I urge citizens and friends of democracy to stand up together.” Olga Sommer said.
Famed director, Jan Sverák, also took aim at the president’s actions on the television network and called on him to stop interfering in the freedom of the media.
“I would like people who create space for Czech artists to continue their work in spite of those who would like to stop them.”
The entire Rudolfinum theater was on its feet cheering as Alois Fišárek won a prize for a lifetime contribution to Czech cinematography. He is also known for his long-term cooperation with Jan Svěrák. “I really appreciate it, thank you,” he said.
Zuzana Kronerová and Pavel Nova took the awards for best actress and actor in Ice Mother, a movie which tells the story of a widow’s second chance at romance. It opened in the Czech Republic in February 2017, sustained a long theatrical run and was the country’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars.
Jan Svěrák’s Barefoot, about a young boy coming of age during WWII, received four awards, including best cinematography and best supporting actor.
Filthy by Tereza Nvotová won best editing; best documentary went to Olga Sommerová’s Cervena about opera singer Soňa Červená, while David Mrnka’s political thriller Milada picked up best costumer design and best makeup and hair.