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New Czech Film Awards Reveal Nominees

The Czech Film Critics Awards will for the first time be presented January 13, 2011. Out of a total of 13 documentaries that qualified for consideration, there is now a shortlist of 3 nominees: Czech Peace, Katka, and Matchmaking Mayor.



Czech Film Critics Awards
Award Ceremony: January 13, 2011 / Archa Theatre / Prague, CZE


Nominees: Best Documentary Film

 

Czech Peace

Production company: Hypermarket Film, Czech TV, Taskovski Films

Český mír , Czech Republic, 2010, 52 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Politics, Society

The story of the Star Wars, the Cold War and the War On Terror of one small Czech village. As part of its National Missile Defense Program, the US plan to build a military base in the Czech Republic, a former hiding place for Soviet nuclear rockets during the Cold War. Despite the fact that 73% of Czechs are against the project, the government has continued with negotiations. Supporters of the base claim that it will strengthen the country's defense against the global threats of the 21st century. Opponents point out that the plan essentially shifts the Iron Curtain toward the east; they also insist that it represents an attempt of the US to rule the world.

 


East European Forum 2008 / Docu Talents From the East 2008 / Catalogue: New Czech Documentary Films / East Silver 2009 / East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan

In addition, Czech Peace received a nomination in the Best Original Music Score category (MIDI LIDI).

 

 

 

 

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?

 


East European Forum 2007 / Docu Talents From the East 2009 / Catalogue: New Czech Documentary Films / East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan

 

 

 

 

Matchmaking Mayor

Director: Hníková Erika
Production company: endorfilm, UNFILM, Czech TV, Slovenská televízia - Slovak Television

Nesvatbov , Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2010, 72 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Society

A situational documentary film about a village mayor trying to match local people in their thirties who are still single. Slowly but surely, the Slovak village Zemplínské Hámre is dying out. Its mayor, a retired general, doesn't want to give up though. Fighting the thirty-year-olds' loneliness, he has used various means such as offering a financial reward for each newborn child or encouraging people to make children in the local public address system. None of it has worked. However, the mayor has a new plan. He decides to organize a dating party for singles from all the neighbouring villages...

 


Docu Talents from the East 2010 / Catalogue: New Czech Documentary Films / East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan

 

 



The second round of voting will come to a close at the beginning of January. The Awards will launch their new website www.filmovakritika.cz sometime before Christmas.

You can find a complete list of nominees in all categories here (in Czech).



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