16 January 2023
Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) announced on Monday morning the nominations for Czech Lions Awards 2022, which was labeled a record year in terms of number of films considered at the press conference. Arved, a debut feature by Vojtěch Mašek, received the highest number of 12 nominations and followed by Il Boemo, the latest film of Petr Vaclav and Czech entry for Oscars, nominated in 11 categories. Both films will compete for awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay among others. The winners will be announced on March 4, 2023 in Prague.
Arved and Il Boemo, two portraits of Czech histrocial figures that couldn’t be more different, are complemented in the main categories by Adam Sedlák’s second feature BANGER., which altogether received 8 nominations, and Locarno-awarded Nightsiren by Tereza Nvotová, with 7 nominations. Four nominations each received Jan Prušinovský’s road-movie comedy Grand Prix, Michal Blaško’s feature length debut Victim, which was world-premiered in Venice, and historical epic Medieval about legendary Czech army leader Jan Žižka, directed by Petr Jákl.
In the Best Documentary category are nominated Art Talent Show by the last year’s winner of the same category Adéla Komrzý and Tomáš Bojar, Brotherhood by Francesco Montagner, who received a nomination also in the Best Student Film category for his experimental short Asterión, Good Old Czechs by Tomáš Bojar, Kapr Code by Lucie Králová and Toyen, The Baroness of Surrealism by Andrea Sedláčková.
The award for Best Animated Film may go to VR short film Darkening by Ondřej Moravec, presented at Venice Film Festival last year, black Christmas comedy Carp Xmass by Anna Heribanová or Suzie in the Garden by Lucie Sunková, selected in 2022 for Berlinale's Generation Kplus. In the Best Short Film category scored three live-action films Barcarole by Igor Chmela, Rites by Damián Vondrášek, nominated also in the Best TV Series category for the short-form series Five Years, and Vinland by Martin Kuba.
The five nominees in the Magnesia Award for Best Student Film include the aforementioned Francesco Montagner’s Asterión, Credentialing by Jan Hecht, Island of Freedom by Petr Januschka, Rites by Damián Vondrášek and Vinland by Martin Kuba.
The full list of nominees including the TV categories can be found HERE.
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