07 February 2021
The historical drama Shadow Country, directed by Bohdan Sláma and produced by Martin Růžička and Jindřich Motýl (LUMINAR Film), has received the Best Picture Award at a ceremony held last night at Prague’s Archa Theatre. The Best Director Award went to Agnieszka Holland for the portrait of herbalist Jan Mikolášek Charlatan. A total of eight films received awards.
Inspired by real events, and shot in black and white, Shadow Country depicts the impact of Nazism and Communism on the inhabitants of a village at the Czech-Austrian border. Magdaléna Borová was awarded the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Maria Veber, a Czech woman living through the difficult times, in Shadow Country. The Best Actor Award went to Ivan Trojan for his portrayal of the controversial healer Jan Mikolášek in Charlatan. The prize for Best Screenplay was awarded to Petr Zelenka for Droneman, a tale of post-traumatic struggle and vengeful fantasies against the US political establishment.
The Award for Best Documentary went to Barbora Chalupová and Vít Klusák for Caught in the Net, an exposal of online sexual predators, which became also the most-watched film in Czech theatres in 2020. Director Jindřich Andrš is crowned by the critics the Newcomer of the Year for his feature-length documentary debut A New Shift about a former miner seeking work in a world where his skills are no longer needed.
The experimental documentary FREM, shot in the Antarctic, won the Audiovisual Achievement Award, with critics honoring Viera Čákanyová and Tomáš Klein for the cinematography. The Offscreen Award was given to the crime mini-series Rats directed by Viktor Tauš and Matěj Chlupáček and written by Miro Šifra. And the Best Short Film statuette, awarded for the first time ever, went to Adam Martinec for Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon, an allegory of Czech society set at a swimming lake during one sunny lazy summer afternoon.
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