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Czech Lion Award Goes to Solar Eclipse

Martin Mareček's Solar Eclipse is arguably the most successful Czech documentary film of the past season, and the undisputed winner with the highest number of Czech awards. On Saturday night, it received the Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary Film, presented annually by the Czech Film and Television Academy.

 

Czech Lion Awards
Awards ceremony: March 3, 2012, Lucerna, Prague

At the nomination ceremony that took place February 4, the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary Film was presented to Vít Klusák's All for the Good of the World and Nosovice.

Martin Mareček's documentary film Solar Eclipse was voted Best Czech Documentary Film at the 2011 Jihlava IDFF and it won the Silver Eye Award for East Silver's best documentary feature. The awards kept rolling in also in January as Mareček received the Czech Film Critics Award and also the Trilobite Award from the Czech Film and Television Association (FITES).

Mareček's film received more votes from members of the Czech Film and TV Academy than the other two nominees, Theatre Svoboda by Jakub Hejna and Nicky's Family by Matěj Mináč.

 

Solar Eclipse

Director: Mareček Martin
Producer: Horská Tereza
Production company: Hypermarket Film

Pod sluncem tma , Czech Republic, 2011, 81 min, DV, Creative, Current Affairs, Portrait, Social Issues

In 2006, Milan and Tomas electrified a school campus and a hospital in a detached Zambian village. After four years, they return for the last time to find out about their system's failures, repair it and hand it over at last. The film follows them through chaotic days as well as pitch black nights and provides a fresh insight into the pitfalls of humanitarian development projects. Short circuits of all sorts, blending and dissolving of different worlds, rituals of gratitude and concepts of solutions. With no attempts to declare or evaluate anything, Solar Eclipse becomes a situation probe examining various forms of light and darkness. Will the two Czech linkboys succeed in lighting up the Zambian bushland?

Catalogue of Upcoming Czech Documentary Films 2011 / East Silver 2011 / Silver Eye Award 2011