Zelenka’s The Karamazovs wins Best Film at Czech Lion Awards
This weekend saw the staging of the 16th annual Czech Lions – the country’s main film awards – at Prague’s Lucerna ballroom. On Saturday evening movie stars and movie directors gathered for the prestigious ceremony. Radio Prague has more on who won.
“There was a group of basically four mainstream films which gathered most of the nominations and I don’t think there were any clear favourites among them. Each of them garnered at least one Czech Lion and no one really got left behind. There was a point when I thought that Tobruk – the war drama – would get the best picture prize but in the end it went to The Karamazovs. In the end, I don’t think there were any big surprises.”
But in the end, it was perhaps not a single film but public broadcaster Czech TV – involved as co-producer on many projects – that came away the biggest winner. Without the public broadcaster, many films recognised at the Czech Lions simply wouldn’t get made, Vojtěch Rynda says:
“Czech TV has been a big supporter of Czech film for many years and with Guard No. 47 it started a trend when it has begun completely financing its own films again. I think it was involved in many of the movies which were presented at the awards. The role of Czech TV in financing many of this year’s projects was essential.”
The Czech Lions have come and gone and critics say that this year’s awards were largely a success, with one notable exception: the Czech academy ignored the critically-acclaimed Czech film Who’s Afraid of the Wolf, which got exactly zero nominations.