Presentation of the Czech Film Critics Awards, awarded by the Czech Film Critics Association, February 4, 2023, Prague. The award for the best film was taken by producer Tomáš Michálek for the film Arvéd.
Prague – Czech critics chose Vojtěch Mašek's film Arvéd as the best film of 2022. The psychological mystery drama about whistleblower and occultist Jiří Arvéd Smíchovské also won two other awards. Among the directors, Adam Sedlák won with the story of a drug dealer Banger, filmed on a mobile phone. The discovery of the year is director Michal Blaško. Today's ceremonial announcement of the Czech Film Critics Awards took place in Prague's Archa Theater and was broadcast by Czech Television.
The expert jury divided the prizes between seven titles. At the beginning of the year, she announced that the films Arvéd, Banger and Il Boemo received four nominations. 17 works were nominated, the critics selected them from 75 last year's films.
Last year, the director Mašek changed the nomination for the screenplay for the film Occupation. His Faustian directorial debut Arvéd, which tells the story of a real-life character of a Nazi collaborator and servant of the communist regime, has now been praised by critics not only as the best film. They also highlighted the script, which Mašek wrote together with Jan Poláček, and the acting performance of Michal Kern in the lead role. Ukrainian Vita Smacheljuková impressed the jury as the best actress thanks to her performance in Blašek's feature debut, Victim.
Documentary of the year was KaprKód, Lucie Králové's documentary opera about the composer Jan Kaprov. He tracks down his protagonist using a combination of archive footage, original music and information about the history of the 20th century. KaprKód was already successful at the Ji.hlava documentary film festival. Its competitor among documentaries, Good Old Czechs, which depicts the wartime experiences of two Czech RAF pilots, scored today in the Audiovisual Achievement category – the award went to the film's editor Šimon Špidla.
Director Blaško, together with screenwriter and producer Štěpán Hulík, also won with the television miniseries Suspicion in the category Outside the cinema, which includes television and online works.
The student film Ostrov svobody became the best short film. It was filmed by Petr Januschka at the Tomáš Bata University in Zlín. In it, Judit Pecháček (formerly Bárdos) and Jiří Mádl represent a couple who meet on a plane bound for Cuba during the time of communist totality.
Today, the narrative biographical and musical film Il Boemo about the composer Josef Mysliveček did not win any of the four nominations for best film, director, male actor or musical component. Velkofilm was a Czech contender for the Oscar in the category of foreign films, but did not make it to the shortlist.
Critics' awards are organized by the Association of Czech Film Critics. It states on its website that the goal of the event is to draw attention to the best film achievements of the year, new discoveries and hopes of Czech cinematography through the impartial view of professional film journalists.
In exactly one month, the public will also learn the results of the Czech Lion competition, in which the holders of the statuettes will be chosen from among 32 titles by the Czech Film and Television Academy. Arvéd also has the most nominations – 12 – followed by Il Boemo with 11.
Overview of the winners of the Czech Film Critics Awards for 2022:
Arvéd – Tomáš Michálek, Kristýna Michálek Květová, Ivan Ostrochovský
Best documentary film:
KaprKód – Lucie Králová
Best directed by:
BANGER. – Adam Sedlák
Arvéd – Jan Poláček, Vojtěch Mašek
Arvéd – Michal Kern
Victim – Vita Smačeljuková
Good Old Czechs – Šimon Špidla
Innoga prize for discovery of the year:
Michal Blaško – Victim, Suspicion
Category Outside cinema:
Suspicion – Michal Blaško, Štěpán Hulík
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Island of Freedom – Petr Januschka