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Solar Eclipse Voted Best Czech Doc by Critics

January 14, 2012, Martin Mareček's Solar Eclipse received the Czech Film Critics Award for Best Documentary Film. Mareček's film won the award over Jakub Hejna's Theatre Svoboda and Vít Klusák's All for the Good of the World and Nosovice.

 

Czech Film Critics Awards
Award ceremony: January 14, 2012

In 2010, Czech film journalists and critics initiated the Czech Film Critics Awards that aim to recognize the best achievements in Czech cinema, offer another perspective on the local film landscape, draw attention to creatively daring film projects, and to generate discussion over the state of Czech film.


Winner - Czech Film Critics Award for Best Documentary Film

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?
  
 
 
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Theatre Svoboda

 
 
Director: Hejna Jakub
Production company: endorfilm, Czech TV, Young Film

Divadlo Svoboda , Czech Republic, 2011, 98 min, DCP, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, Portrait

Theatre Svoboda portraits the life and work of the director’s grandfather, world-famous stage designer Josef Svoboda (1920–2002), who tried to juggle creative freedom, family life and political allegiances during the times of a communist regime. Svoboda was able to work for the top of world theatres, such as The Old Vic in London, The Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milano. The film takes the viewer literally behind the scenes and reveals some of the secrets of Svoboda’s fascinating lifework through archive materials that have not been published yet.
 
 

All for the Good of the World and Nosovice

 
 
Director: Klusák Vít
Production company: Hypermarket Film, Czech TV

Vše pro dobro světa a Nošovic , Czech Republic, 2010, 82 min, 35 mm, Creative, Personal View, Social Issues

An original portrait of a Czech village that houses a giant car plant built by South Korea's Hyundai. Before the village turned into an industrial zone, many of the landowners had no intention of selling their plots of land... Not until many of them faced pressure from their neighbours who had accepted approx. EUR 4000 in compensation and not until they received death threats. Using nine protagonists, the film paints a portrait of a village changed beyond recognition. A humorous yet compelling film about a field that yields cars.