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Cinema: Winter Flies wins big at Czech Lion Awards

Winter Flies won six prizes at the 2019 Czech Lion Awards ceremony

Prague, Czech Republic – Winter Flies (Všechno bude, in Czech) was the main winner of this year’s Czech Lion Awards, scooping six awards including Best Movie, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best supporting actor and actress.

Winter Flies wins Best Movie and Best Director awards at Czech Lion Awards

A gripping youth road-movie directed by Prague-based, FAMU-educated Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu, Winter Flies was also the Czech Republic’s official submission for last year’s Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category

Sadly for Central European filmmakers, the coveted Oscars ultimately went to Mexico’s Roma, despite high hopes for another bid from the region, Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white Polish drama Cold War.

Winter Flies also won the Best Director Award at the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It’s the third feature film of Olmo Omerzu, after Prilis mlada noc (2012) and Rodinny film (2015), that was already nominated for two Czech Lions. Before that, the Ljubljana-born filmmaker wrote and directed several short films.

Other winners of the prestigious Czech Lion Awards 2019

Winter Flies was not the only movie celebrated at this year’s awards ceremony. Hastrman, a drama set in 19th century Bohemia and directed by Ondrej Havelka, also won four Czech Lions, including Best Actor in a Lead Role for Karel Dobrý and Best Musical Score. Historical drama Toman, nominated in a record thirteen different categories, left the ceremony empty-handed.

The Best Documentary Award went to King Skate, which explores the skateboarding culture in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980’s.

The Czech Lions (Český lev) is the most prestigious movie award ceremony in the Czech Republic, honoring every year since 1994 the most remarkable home-grown movies and promising talents of contemporary Czech cinema.

The ceremony of the 26th edition was held at the Rudolfinum, seat of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, in Prague, on Saturday. Nominees and winners of the competition are selected by members of the Czech Film and Television Academy.

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