Walking Too Fast stands tall at Czech Lions
by Theodore Schwinke
Radim Špaček earned the Czech Lion for Best Director and Ondřej Štindl Best Screenplay for their respective work on the thriller set in 1980s Czechoslovakia. Ondřej Malý was named Best Actor for his performance as a secret police agent who descends into madness. DOP Jaromír Kačer took the award for Best Cinematography.
Špaček and Štindl are already developing another project, Místa (“Places”), which the director describes as a “young, sexy summer film.” “It's a drama about two boys and a girl, 18 years old, losing their illusions as they enter adulthood,” he said.
Bontonfilm has re-released the Czech film to theaters in an attempt to capitalize on the awards buzz. The film has drawn fewer than 50,000 admissions since its premiere last February. “We don't expect a huge turnout, but it could be fun for people who didn't get to see it before,” Špaček said.
The other big winner at the Czech Lions was Jan Svěrák's children's adventure Kooky [+see also:
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film profile] won one award, Best Actress for Zuzana Bydžovská.
The Czech Film and Television Academy honoured Zdeněk Svěrák for his Outstanding Contribution to Czech Film.
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