Award ceremony of the Czech Film and Television Academy Český lev, March 4, 2023, Rudolfinum, Prague. Director Petr Václav won the award for best director for the film Il Boemo.
Prague – The Czech Lion for the best feature film of 2022 was awarded to the film directed by Petr Václav Il Boemo about the fate of the composer Josef Mysliveček. Producer Jan Macola accepted the award. The character Mysliveček was portrayed by Vojtěch Dyk. At today's presentation of the 30th annual Czech Lions in Prague's Rudolfinum, the film won six of the 11 nominations. He also succeeded in the categories of direction, masks, sound, costumes and scenography.
Photo gallery: 30th year of the Czech Lion Film Awards 2023
Il Boemo competed at last year's 70th edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain. Although he did not win the main prize of the Golden Seashell festival, according to director Václav, the fact that he was selected for the main competition is a great success for Czech cinematography. The academics nominated the film Il Boemo to fight for an Oscar in the category of foreign language films. He did not make the shortlist.
The mystery drama Arvéd had the most nominations, 12. Vojtěch Mašek's film, which tells the story of a real character – a Nazi collaborator and a servant of the communist regime, won three awards in the categories of actor in the main role, screenplay and music. The film also received a non-statutory award for the best movie poster.
Klára Melíšková took home the statuette for the best female performance in a leading role for her role as a nurse accused of murdering a patient in the film Suspicion. “I am happy and moved. For me, this was the strongest story that I let pass through me,” she said about her role.
The award for the best male performance in a leading role went to Michal Kern for the role of Jiří Arvéd Smíchovský in the film Arvéd directed by Vojtěch Mašek.
The Czech Lion for the supporting role went to Martha Issová for her portrayal of Tereza in the film Alice Nellis Buko and Marsell Bendig for his role in director Adam Sedlák's film Banger, shot on an iPhone.
The Czech Lion for her extraordinary contribution to Czech cinematography was awarded to film dramaturg Marcela Pittermannová, who was at the origin of many films and fairy tales for children. A number of these films have been awarded at domestic and international festivals, for example The Little Mermaid or The Boys. The second award for outstanding Czech cinematography went to Jan Jíra, who was at the birth of domestic film clubs. The Czech Lion was awarded to Milada and Eduard Kučer, Alice and Petr Šikoš and Petra and Pavel Slám for film digital restoration for an extraordinary achievement in the audiovisual field.
The Czech Lion award for the best TV series was won by the creators of the popularly successful crime series Nineties directed by Peter Bebjak, which last year became the most watched series on Czech Television in the last 18 years with an average viewership of 2.23 million viewers. The Czech Lion for the best animated film was awarded to the film Zuza v zahradách by director and artist Lucie Sunková, based on the book of the same name by Jana Šrámková.
The evening, which began with a short cross-section of thirty years of Czech cinematography, was accompanied by director, actor and moderator Jiří Havelka. Musical accompaniment was provided by Jana P. Muchow's The Antagonists and singer, songwriter and Oscar winner Markéta Irglová, who sang the award-winning song Falling Slowly from the movie Once. The crystal statuettes were handed over to the laureates by the presenters of the past years of the Czech Lions.
Overview of the winners of the 30th year of the Czech Lion Film Awards
Best feature film :
Il Boemo – producer Jan Macola
Best documentary film:
Art exam – directed by Adéla Komrzý and Tomáš Bojar; producer Jakub Wagner
Petr Václav – Il Boemo
Best actress in a leading role:
Klára Melíšková – Suspicion
Best actor in a leading role:
Michal Kern – Arvéd
Best actress in a supporting role:
Martha Issová – Buko
Best supporting actor:
Marsell Bendig – Banger
Jan Poláček and Vojtěch Mašek – Arvéd
Jan Baset Strítežský – Last race
Šimon Hájek and Jakub Jelínek – Banger
Daniel Němec and Francesco Liotard – Il Boemo
Ondřej Mikula (Aid Kid) and Jonatán Pjoni Pastirčák – Arvéd
Irena Hradecká and Luca Servino – Il Boemo
Andrea Cavalletto – Il Boemo
Andrea McDonald – Il Boemo
Best TV movie or miniseries:
Suspicion – main producers Jakub Viktorín, Tomáš Hrubý, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková and Michal Reitler; main creator Michal Blaško
Best TV series:
Nineties – main producer Michal Reitler; main creator Peter Bebjak
Best animated film:
Zuza in the Gardens – director and artist Lucie Sunková; producers Martin Vandas and Alena Vandasová
Best short film:
Rituals – directed by Damián Vondrášek; producer Martina Netíková
Award for outstanding contribution to Czech cinematography:
Marcela Pittermannová – screenwriter and dramaturg
Jan Jíra – film distributor
Award for an extraordinary achievement in the audiovisual field:
Milada and Eduard Kučer, Alice and Petr Šikoš, Petrana and Pavel Slám – for their contribution to the digital restoration of classic Czech films
Magnesia Award for the best student film (non-statutory award):
Vinland – directed by Martin Kuba
Best movie poster (non-statutory award):
Arvéd – Vojtěch Mašek and Soňa Juríková
Film fans award (non-statutory award):
The Nineties – Peter Bebjak (director)