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In the Shadow is best film according to Czech film critics


- The awards were handed out on Saturday and the dark period drama In the Shadow left with five awards, beating Sundance competitor Four Suns and football comedy Okresni prebor

In the Shadow is best film according to Czech film critics

Prague's Archa Theatre saw the third award ceremony of the Czech Film Critics' Awards last Saturday and David Ondříček's period drama (and official Czech Oscar submission) In the Shadow [+see also:
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(Ve stinu) left victorious.

The film won five awards (best film, director, actor – Ivan Trojan, music – Jan P. Muchow and Michal Novinski, cinematography – Adam Sikora), while previous Rotterdam and San Sebastian winner Bohdan Sláma personally accepted the award for best screenplay (a second award for the Sundance competitor Four Suns went to supporting actress Klára Melíšková). The successful comedy Okresní přebor set in a small Czech village and revolving around a local team of football amateurs scored only once – the best supporting actor award went to Ondřej Vetchý.

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The ceremony took place only hours after a new Czech president was elected and since a significant number of artists was supportive of the beaten side of Czech Foreign Secretary Karel Schwarzenberg, this was strongly reflected in the mood of the evening.

Despite an ambition to reveal new talent and make less obvious choices than the traditional film awards called Czech Lion, the critics' awards failed to significantly recognize less mainstream and more exceptional films such as the football documentary Two nil (Dva nula) or A Night Two Young (Prilis mlada noc), the director of which Olmo Omerzu at least won the award for best newcomer. Renowned theatre actress Gabriela Míčová thus became the least striking choice scoring as best actress for her role in Odpad město smrt (Der Müll, die Stadt und der Tod) based on an original screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and a subsequent theatre play by Prague's recently closed Komedie Theatre.

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