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Fair Play tops the Czech Lions nominations


- The nominations for the 22nd edition of the Czech Lions have been unveiled

Fair Play tops the Czech Lions nominations
Fair Play by Andrea Sedláčková

A short time after the Czech Film Critics’ Awards nominations were made public, the Czech Film and Television Academy has disclosed its point of view on domestic cinema during 2014, by nominating titles from a batch of 32 feature films and 23 feature documentaries distributed throughout the year. The academy members have demonstrated that their opinions differ slightly from those of the critics, which goes to show that the introduction of critics’ awards has truly served its purpose as an alternative to the more firmly established Czech Lions. In stark contrast to the critics’ nominations, the Czech Lion hopefuls are dominated by Andrea Sedláčková’s sports drama Fair Play [+see also:
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, which has been nominated in all categories (the acclaimed Burning Bush [+see also:
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was nominated in 14 categories last year), including the parallel Best Film Poster category, which the movie has already won. This is hardly surprising, given that the Czech academy members picked Fair Play as the country’s official Oscar submission. In addition, Sedláčková has also been active in the Documentary category, in which her Life According to Václav Havel is also nominated.

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The debut by seasoned theatre director and actor Miroslav Krobot, the bleak comedy-drama Nowhere in Moravia [+see also:
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, is nominated in 13 categories, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Director. The number-one movie in the critics’ nominations, The Way Out [+see also:
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interview: Petr Václav
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, appears in ten categories, as does Jan Svěrák’s musical fairy tale, Three Brothers. The Slovakian nostalgic coming-of-age film set in communist Czechoslovakia, Hostage [+see also:
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, directed by Juraj Nvota and co-produced by the Czech Republic, is in the running for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best Scenography.

Karel Roden is a hopeful for Best Supporting Actor as the unforgettable gay undertaker in the underrated dark comedy Krásno [+see also:
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, which could also land Best Music and Best Make-up. The genre-blending Storyteller, about a con artist living a double life, did not make it onto the film critics’ list, whereas the academy members gave it a chance in the Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound categories. Lastly, the outstanding performance by Ondřej Nosálek as a gay hairdresser who saves a damsel in distress (Jana Plodková) in Slobodanka Radun’s feature debut, US 2, may earn him the Best Actor Award.

The awards ceremony will take place on 21 February in Prague’s Rudolfinum.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Film
The Way OutMiloš Lochman, Jan Macola, Karel Chvojka
Nowhere in MoraviaOndřej Zima
Fair PlayKateřina Černá, Pavel Strnad
To See the Sea [+see also:
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Miloslav Šmídmajer
Three BrothersJan Svěrák

Best Documentary
Into the Clouds We GazeMartin Dušek
The Magic Voice of a RebelOlga Sommerová
OlgaMiroslav Janek
The Century of Miroslav ZikmundPetr Horký
Life According to Václav Havel – Andrea Sedláčková

Best Director
The Way OutPetr Václav
Nowhere in Moravia – Miroslav Krobot
Fair Play – Andrea Sedláčková
To See the SeaJiří Mádl
Three Brothers – Jan Svěrák

Best Actress
AngelsKlára Melíšková
The Way OutKlaudia Dudová
Nowhere in MoraviaTatiana Vilhelmová
Fair PlayJudit Bárdos
Tender Waves [+see also:
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Tatiana Pauhofová

Best Actor
AngelsBoleslav Polívka
Nowhere in MoraviaIvan Trojan
Fair PlayRoman Luknár
HostageMilan Lasica
US 2 – Ondřej Nosálek

Best Supporting Actress
AngelsZuzana Bydžovská
The Way OutMária Ferencová-Zajacová
Nowhere in MoraviaLenka Krobotová
Fair PlayAnna Geislerová
Fair PlayEva Josefíková

Best Supporting Actor
Nowhere in MoraviaJaroslav Plesl
Fair PlayIgor Bareš
Hostage [+see also:
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Ondřej Vetchý
Krásno – Karel Roden
StorytellerMatěj Hádek

Best Screenplay
The Way Out – Petr Václav
Nowhere in MoraviaLubomír Smékal, Miroslav Krobot
Fair Play – Andrea Sedláčková
To See the Sea – Jiří Mádl
Three BrothersZdeněk Svěrák

Best Cinematography
The Way OutŠtěpán Kučera
Nowhere in MoraviaJan Baset Střítežský
Fair Play – Jan Baset Střítežský
StorytellerMartin Štrba
Three BrothersVladimír Smutný

Best Editing
The Way OutFlorent Mangeot
Nowhere in MoraviaJan Daňhel
Fair PlayJakub Hejna
Hostage [+see also:
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Alois Fišárek
Three BrothersAlois Fišárek

Best Sound
The Way OutDaniel Němec, Ivan Horák
Nowhere in MoraviaViktor Ekrt, Marek Hart
Fair PlayDaniel Němec
StorytellerRadim Hladík
Three BrothersJakub Čech, Claus Lynge

Best Music
AngelsMichal Novinski
Fair PlayDavid Solař, Miro Žbirka
KrásnoJan P Muchow
StorytellerRoman Holý
Three BrothersJaroslav Uhlíř, Michal Novinski

Best Scenography
The Way OutJan Pfeiffer
Nowhere in MoraviaJan Vlček
Fair PlayPetr Fořt, Viera Dandová
Hostage [+see also:
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Pavol Andraško
Three BrothersJan Vlasák

Best Costumes
The Way OutTereza Kučerová
Nowhere in MoraviaKatarína Hollá
Fair PlaySimona Rybáková
Hany [+see also:
interview: Michal Samir
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Zuzana Krejzková
Three BrothersSimona Rybáková

Best Make-up
Nowhere in MoraviaLukáš Král
Fair PlayAnett Weber, Katarína Horská
KrásnoLucie Lišková
Tender WavesJiřina Pahlerová
Three BrothersZdeněk Klika

Best Film Poster – parallel award
ByewayEx Lovers
Fair PlayTomáš Machek, Marius Corradini (the winner)
IntimityRoman Werner
OlgaOndřej Matyáš
In SilenceHelena Jiskrová

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