10 September 2022
Czech cinema is not leaving Venice empty-handed. Czech feature Ordinary Failures and Czech minority co-production To the North each received one of the non-statutory awards, which are announced at the end of the prestigious festival.
Cristina Grosan, the director of Czech feature Ordinary Failures, was awarded with "Autrici Under 40" award. The prize for best director under 40 is awarded by the manifestation "Venezia a Napoli. Il cinema esteso".
Ordinary Failures is the first majority Czech film selected for Giornate degli Autori in 14 years (the last one was A Country Teacher by Bohdan Sláma). The introspective psychological drama was produced by Marek Novák of Xova Film. Co-producers include Judit Stalter of Laokoon Filmgroup (HU), Marica Stocchi of Rosamont (IT), Monika Lošťáková, Zuzana Jankovičová of Super film (SK). The film was also co-produced by Czech Television (creative producer Alena Müllerová).
The Czech Film Fund supported the project in early script, development and production stages – altogether with the amount of EUR 438 000. As a project in development, Orinary Failures took part in our Czech Film Springboard programme in 2019.
Film journalists praised Romanian-French-Greek-Bulgarian-Czech co-production To the North, awarding Mihai Mincan's feature debut the Premio Bisato d'Oro prize for the best film, awarded across the Venice's competitions.
To the North was produced by Radu Stancu & Ioana Lascăr of deFilm Production, who co-worked with Cyriac Auriol of Remora Films (FR), Konstantinos Vassilaros of StudioBauhaus (GR), Pavlina Angelova & Nikolay Todorov of Screening Emotions (BG) and Mikuláš Novotný of Prague’s based company Background Films. The Czech Film Fund backed the project in the minority co-production scheme with EUR 112 000.
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