Something like Happiness clinches seven prizes at Czech Lion Awards
Featuring the lives of a group of young friends who live in a shabby housing development in a poor industrial region in Bohemia, Bohdan Slama's film "Stesti" or "Something Like Happiness" has received broad critical acclaim both at home and abroad. On Saturday, it clinched seven prizes at the Czech Lion Awards (Cesky Lev) - the country's own national version of the Oscars.
"In the beginning, we didn't expect to make a hit at all. We loved the story but it was quite a difficult one, so we were happy that it turned out to be a real success. It has been great motivation, especially the unexpected 'best film' and 'best actress' awards at the San Sebastian film festival. And then everything that has come after that...we really enjoy that."
Spain's San Sebastian "A" category film festival is certainly the film's best success yet but Something like Happiness, also won a number of prizes at other international festivals. Even audiences across the Atlantic loved the movie. Linda Mastalir actually saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, and she's here in the studio now. Linda, if you could start of with a brief description of the film?
But it does sound to me like it's a very "Czech" film - a group of friends in the grey pre-fabricated block of flats, the kind of film that reflects the Communist legacy, which I would expect is difficult for people in the western countries to relate to. Why do you suppose it has done so well?
He's actually working on something now but all that he would reveal to me was this:
"It is set in a small village and it is called 'Country Teacher'. He is also the main character in the story. But I won't tell you any more about it now [laughs]."