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Katka Completes Awards Sweep

Saturday, March 5 - After receiving the Czech Film Critics Award earlier this year, Helena Třeštíková's harrowing documentary Katka also took the Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary Film. The Czech Film and Television Academy picked Katka over Erika Hníková's Matchmaking Mayor and Martin Šulík's 25 from the 1960s.


18th Czech Lion Awards
Nomination ceremony: February 5, 2011
Awards ceremony: March 5, 2011
Lucerna, Prague

At the nomination ceremony, the Czech Lions Film Critics and Theorists Award for Best Documentary Film was presented to Czech Peace by Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák.

Members of the Czech Film and Television Academy selected the winner from a shortlist of three documentaries: Katka / Matchmaking Mayor / 25 from the 1960s or The Czechoslovak New Wave.

 

Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary Film

Katka

Production company: Negativ s.r.o., Czech TV

Katka , Czech Republic, 2010, 90 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Longitudinal, Portrait

Helena Třeštíková's film is a remarkable documentary tracing fourteen years in the life of a young junkie and her futile battle with drug addiction. Why did she start taking drugs? She claims she wanted to be different. The year is 1996 and 19-year-old Katka lives in the Sananim therapy community in the town of Němčice with hope for a normal life – she dreams of having a boyfriend and even a family, some day. But there's no happy ending. The director records Katka's descent over the years into a spiral of theft, prostitution, physical and psychological deterioration – a spiral that is broken only by brief flashes of hope and resolutions to stop taking drugs. Katka's desire is sincere, but in the end drugs always win. Will Katka finally find the strength when she becomes pregnant and motherhood offers her life-sustaining motivation?

 


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