Prague's Archa Theatre saw the third award ceremony of the Czech Film Critics' Awards last Saturday and David OndÅ™íÄek's period drama (and official Czech Oscar submission) In the Shadow (Ve stinu) left victorious.
The film won five awards (best film, director, actor – Ivan Trojan, music – Jan P. Muchow and Michal Novinski, cinematography – Adam Sikora), while previous Rotterdam and San Sebastian winner Bohdan Sláma personally accepted the award for best screenplay (a second award for the Sundance competitor Four Suns went to supporting actress Klára Melíšková). The successful comedy Okresní pÅ™ebor set in a small Czech village and revolving around a local team of football amateurs scored only once – the best supporting actor award went to OndÅ™ej Vetchý.
The ceremony took place only hours after a new Czech president was elected and since a significant number of artists was supportive of the beaten side of Czech Foreign Secretary Karel Schwarzenberg, this was strongly reflected in the mood of the evening.
Despite an ambition to reveal new talent and make less obvious choices than the traditional film awards called Czech Lion, the critics' awards failed to significantly recognize less mainstream and more exceptional films such as the football documentary Two nil (Dva nula) or A Night Two Young (Prilis mlada noc), the director of which Olmo Omerzu at least won the award for best newcomer. Renowned theatre actress Gabriela MíÄová thus became the least striking choice scoring as best actress for her role in Odpad mÄ›sto smrt (Der Müll, die Stadt und der Tod) based on an original screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and a subsequent theatre play by Prague's recently closed Komedie Theatre.
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