Havel’s Leaving nominated for 12 Czech Lions

Václav Havel’s film Leaving has been nominated for 12 Czech Lion awards. The semi-autobiographical adaptation of a play of the same name by the late president was his first and only foray into filmmaking, something he had long wanted to do. Despite nominations in every possible category, Leaving received lacklustre reviews upon release. Another directorial debut by Zdeňek Jirásek, Poupata, was nominated for ten awards. Nevinnost by Jan Hřebejk and Alois Nebel by Tomáš Luňák were each nominated in eight categories.