Czech student film triumphant at Cannes
The 62nd annual Cannes film festival has come to a close and things couldn’t have gone better for Czech filmmakers. First, young filmmaker Zuzana Špidlová’s 21-minute short feature Bába was voted best film in the Cinefondation section, recognising young new talent; and the seasoned Czech documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková clinched the Media European Talent award.
“Having seen the competition I value this award even more. Some of those films were really good. The best part is that I now know that my next film will also be screened at Cannes.”
Along with the recognition and the promised screening, the filmmaker received 15 thousand euros (around 20,000 US dollars) in prize money. She is aiming for her next film to be a French co-production.
Ms Špidlová’s triumph was not the only Czech success at Cannes this year: the highly-respected documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková, known for long-running documentaries in the style of Michael Apted’s Seven-Up series, was also recognised. She won an award called Media European Talent for her film Miracle, a project she first began in the 1970s.