Czech Film Critics' Awards: Charlatan & Shadow Country lead the nominations

06 January 2021

Film Industry

Czech Film Critics' Awards: Charlatan & Shadow Country lead the nominations

Film Industry

Czech Film Critics' Awards: Charlatan & Shadow Country lead the nominations

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Charlatan and Shadow Country have been equally nominated in five categories of the Czech Film Critics' Awards 2021 - including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Caught in the Net was nominated in the Best Film as well as in the Best Documentary category.

Charlatan, a drama inspired by the lifestory of Czechoslovak healer Jan Mikolášek (Ivan Trojan), is nominated in five categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. The film which premiered last February at the Berlinale, is directed by world-famous Agnieszka Holland, produced by Šárka Cimbalová & Kevan Van Thompson of Marlene Film Production and in co-production with Barrandov Studio, Czech Television, CertiCon and MagicLab.

Shadow Country, a black-and-white drama set in a small Austrian Town and dealing with the co-existence of local Czech-German population, is also nominated in five categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Audiovisual Achievement. The film which internationally premiered at the BFI London last October, is directed by celebrated auteur Bohdan Sláma, produced by Jindřich Motýl & Martin Růžička of Luminar Film and in co-production with Czech Television and i/o post.

The third film nominated in the Best Film category is Caught in the Net. A documentary opening the hitherto taboo topic of online child abuse is also nominated in the Best Documentary category and in the Best Director category. Caught in the Net, which world-premiered at the CPH:DOX 2020, is directed by Barbora Chalupová & Vít Klusák, produced by the director Klusák himself and Filip Remunda of Hypermarket Film and in co-production with Czech Television and Helium Film.

Among the nominees are also Slávek Horák's Havel (Best Actor and Best Actress), Petr Zelenka's Droneman (Best Screenplay, Best Actor) or Viera Čákanyová's FREM (Best Documentary, Best Audiovisual Achievement and Innogy Award - Newcomer of the Year). Alchemical Furnace (Best Documentary), Video Kings (Best Documentary), The Impossible Voyage (Best Audiovisual Achievement), Jindřich Andrš for A New Shift and Cyril Dobrý for Rats (Innogy Award - Newcomer of the Year), Actor, sKORO NA mizině and Rats (Offscreen category).

For the first time, Czech Film Critics' Awrads will honor Best Short Film. The nominees are: Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon, S P A C E S and Pripyat Piano.

The awards ceremony will be held on February 6, 2021.

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