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Candidates for this year's Czech Lion film awards have been revealed. The film Shadow Country from director Bohdan Sláma dominated the 28th year, having received the largest number of nominations. It collected 15 of them in total. Agnieszka Holland's biographical drama Charlatan will compete for 14 statuettes, as will the drama Havel by director Slávek Horák.

Members of the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) were choosing from a total of 87 feature and documentary films. The awards have newly been opened for creators of animated, short and television films, miniseries and series.

Shadow Country has the best chance to become the film of the year

The historical drama Shadow Country, directed by Bohdan Sláma, has the greatest chance to win the Czech Lion Award for 2021. The film is a chronicle of a small village in the borderland dragged through history of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The heroes of the film face both Nazism and Communism, each of them dealing with their promises and horrors in their of specific way.

Film Krajina ve stínu
Film Krajina ve stínu • Source: archiv Český lev

The films Charlatan and Havel can definitel be considered hot favorites as well. The gripping biographical drama The Charlatan is a story inspired by the real life of an exceptional man endowed with healing abilities, Jan Mikolášek, to whom thousands of people from all walks of life, including the most prominent personalities of political and cultural life, turned for help throughout several decades. The drama Havel tells the story of one of the most prominent figures in our history, Václav Havel, capturing his dissident times, when he wasn't a famous figure yet.

The Czech Lion Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2021. The awards ceremony will be held in Dvořák's Hall in Prague's Rudolfinum. For the third time in a row, Václav Kopta will be the host of the gala evening, which will be broadcast live on Czech Television.

So far, the film Masaryk has won the most statuettes

The Czech Film and Television Academy was founded in 1995. Its main goal is to support and promote Czech cinematographic art in the Czech Republic and abroad and to create conditions for the development of Czech film. The most prestigious Czech film prize, the Czech Lion, has been awarded since 1993.

The biggest number of the Czech Lion Awards to date, specifically twelve, has been won by the film Masaryk from director Julius Ševčík in 2016. Three years before that, the film Burning Bush by director Agnieszka Hollandová had won only one statuette less. The most successful actress in history is Anna Geislerová with a total of five Czech Lions, while among men, Ivan Trojan takes the lead with six statuettes.

Mezonetový byt na pronájem na Vinohradech 144m
Mezonetový byt na pronájem na Vinohradech 144m, Praha 2

So what about this year's nominations?

BEST FEATURE FILM

Havel - producer Slávek Horák

Shadow Country - producers Martin Růžička, Jindřich Motýl

Droneman - producers Petr Zelenka, Martin Sehnal

Charlatan - producers Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson

Cook F**k Kill - Producers by Viktor Schwarcz, Mira Fornay

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace - directed by Jan Daňhel, Adam Oľha - producers Pavla Kallistová, Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Jan Švankmajer, Jaromír Kallista

What goes around - Rudolf Slánský - directed by Martin Vadas - producer Alena Müllerová

My father Antonín Kratochvíl - directed by Andrea Sedláčková - producer Martin Hůlovec

Postiženi muzikou (Crippled by Music) - directed by Radovan Síbrt - producers Alžběta Karásková, Karel Poupě

Caught in the Net - directed by Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák - producers Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda

BEST DIRECTOR

Havel - Slávek Horák

Shadow Country - Bohdan Sláma

Droneman - Petr Zelenka

Charlatan - Agnieszka Holland

Cook F**k Kill - Mira Fornay

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sweethearts - Jana Plodková

Havel - Anna Geisler

Actor - Jenovéfa Boková

Shadow Country - Magdaléna Borová

Caught in the Net - Tereza Těžká

Viktor Dvořák a Anna Geislerová ve filmu Havel
Viktor Dvořák a Anna Geislerová ve filmu Havel • Source: archiv Český lev

Jana Plodková ve filmu Bábovky
Jana Plodková ve filmu Bábovky • Source: archiv Český lev

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Havel - Viktor Dvorak

Actor - Jan Cina

Shadow Country - Csongor Kassai

Droneman - Kryštof Hádek

Charlatan - Ivan Trojan

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Havel - Barbora Seidlová

Actor - Elizaveta Maximová

Shadow Country - Barbora Poláková

Shadow Country - Petra Špalková

Charlatan - Jaroslava Pokorna

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Havel - Martin Hofmann

Shadow Country - Stanislav Majer

Droneman - Jiří Mádl

Charlatan - Juraj Loj

Charlatan - Josef Trojan

BEST SCREENPLAY

Havel - Slávek Horák, Rudolf Suchánek

Actor - Petr Bok, Pavel Gotthard

Shadow Country - Ivan Arsenyev

Droneman - Petr Zelenka

Charlatan - Marek Epstein

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Havel - Jan Šťastný

Actor - Martin Žiaran

Shadow Country - Diviš Marek

Droneman - Alexander Šurkala

Charlatan - Martin Strba

BEST FILM EDITING

Havel - Vladimir Barak

Actor - Marek Kráľovský

Shadow Country - Jan Daňhel

Droneman - Vladimír Barák

Charlatan - Pavel Hrdlička

BEST SOUND

The Banger - Jiří Klenka

FREM - Dominik Dolejší

Havel - Viktor Prášil, Pavel Rejholec

Shadow Country - Marek Poledna

Charlatan - Radim Hladík jr.

BEST MUSIC

The Banger - Roman Holý

Havel - Petr Malásek

Shadow Country - Jakub Kudláč

Charlatan - Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz

Rats - Petr OstrouchoV

BEST STAGE DESIGN

The Impossible Voyage - Noro Držiak, Milan Ondruch, Martin Máj, Jan Kolegar

Havel - Vladimír Hruška

Shadow Country - Jan Pjena Novotný

Marie Theresa II - Martin Kurel

Charlatan - Milan Bycek

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Banger - Tereza Kučerová

Havel - Natálie Steklová

Shadow Country - Zuzana Bambušek Krejzková

Maria Theresa II - Ján Kocman

Charlatan - Katarína Štrbová Bieliková

BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR STYLING

The Banger - Jana Bílková

Havel - Adriana Bartošová, René Stejskal

Shadow Country - Lukáš Král

Maria Theresa II - Barbara Kichi

Charlatan - René Stejskal, Gabriela Polákov

MAGNESIA AWARD FOR THE BEST STUDENT FILM

Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon - directed by Adam Martinec

Frontier - directed by Damián Vondrášek

Love Is Just a Death Away - directed by Bára Anna Stejskalová

Must be painful - directed by David Semler

Pripyat Piano - directed by Eliška Cílková

BEST FILM POSTER (non-statutory prize)

Shadow Country - Jan Poukar - award-winning poster

FREM - Adéla Valha Vorbová

Havel - Jan Poukar

My father Antonín Kratochvíl - Radka Beránková

The Charlatan - Rudolf Havlík, Marcela Šedivá

AWARD OF FILM FANS (non-statutory award)

Caught in the net - Vít Klusák, Barbora Chalupová

BEST ANIMATED FILM

A Colourful Dream - director, producer, artist Jan Balej

Love Is Just a Death Away - directed by Bára Anna Stejskalová - producers Jakub Košťál, Vratislav Šlajer - artist Bára Anna Stejskalová

Hungry Bear Tales - directed by Kateřina Karhánková, Alexandra Májová - producer Barbora Příkaská - artist Filip Pošivač

BEST SHORT FILM

Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon - directed by Adam Martinec - producer Matěj Paclík

Frontier - directed by Damián Vondrášek - producer Martina Netíková

Pripyat Piano - directed by Eliška Cílková - producer Jindřich Andrš

BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES

Crime scene Ostrava - main producers Jan Lekeš, Martin Froyda - main creators Dan Wlodarczyk, Jiří Chlumský, Jan Hřebejk

Specialists - main producers Rastislav Šesták, Bernd Alexa - main creators Heike Richter-Karst, Michael

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Rats - main producers Viktor Tauš, Jan Lekeš - main creators Viktor Tauš, Matěj Chlupáček

BEST TELEVISION FILM OR MINISERIES

Actor - main producers Rastislav Šesták, Peter Bebjak, Kateřina Ondřejková - main creator Peter Bebjak

Stockholm Syndrome - main producer Kateřina Ondřejková - main creator Dan Svátek

Veteran - main producer Jiřina Budíková - main creator Jan Hřebejk

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