31 October 2022
The 26th edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival honored 7 Czech films within the awards ceremony held on Saturday evening. Lucie Králová's Kapr Code conquered the Czech Joy competition, while Special mention among the national competitors went to The Visitors by Veronika Lišková. The Audience Award received Happily Ever After by Jana Počtová.
Kapr Code by Lucie Králová conquered the Czech Joy national competition, defeating 20 conteders on the way to the win. A documentary opera featuring the contradictory life of progressive composer and prominent communist Jan Kapr, was honored for the ability of being a perfect symphony of all the components of its cinematic language. The film, produced by Martin Řezníček (DOCUfilm Praha) & Andrea Shaffer (Mindset Pictures) in coproduction with VIRUSfilm (SK) and Czech Television, world-premiered in Visions du Réel's prestigious Burning Lights competition earlier this year. The Czech Film Fund backed Kapr Code for production with EUR 40,000.
Special mention of the Czech Joy competition received Veronika Lišková for her second documentary feature The Visitors. The film follows the story of a young anthropologist who moves with her family to Svalbard, Norway to study how life is changing in the Arctic. The Visitors was produced by Kristýna Michálek Květová of Cinémotif Films in co-production with Ten Thousand Images (NO), Peter Kerekes Film (SK) and Czech Television, which benefited from the support of the Czech Film Fund – combined EUR 72,000.
Editor Šimon Špidla was honored for his work on Jan Bušta's experimental doc a-B-C-D-e-F-G-H-i-JONESTOWN, which recreates the largest mass suicide of recent time ´in a live broadcast´. Producer Radim Procházka worked on the film with EUR 104,000 from the CFF. Morover, the Best cinematography award went to a portrait of Czech translator Anna Kareninová, Found by the One She Seeks by Petr Michal, which was lensed by Jakub Vrbík.
Both Student Jury Award in the Czech Joy competition and festivals' Audience Award 2022 went to Happily Ever After by Jana Počtová. The closing film of the director's trilogy about partnerships of today, introducing a mosaic of six different stories, which in some way deviate from the classic, traditional model of a relationship. The film, produced by Martin Hůlovec & Jakub Pinkava of Punk Film, was granted the CFF support for both development and production combined EUR 72,000.
Award for best Czech experimental documentary film of the Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz competition, was given to Glasswork by Zdeněk Picpauer, a student of the Faculty of Art and Design at UJEP in Ústí nad Labem. Special mention in this competition received Eliška Plechatová, who studied at Prague's UMPRUM, for The Landscape of Ashes.
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