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Cinema: Winter Flies wins big at Czech Lion Awards

Prague, Czech Republic – Winter Flies (Všechno bude, in Czech) came out as 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.

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 – a prize that ultimately went to Mexico’s Roma, despite high hopes for another Central European bid, Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white 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.

The 34-year-old Slovenian director emerged as the great winner of the 2019 Czech Lion Awards

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 most 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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