Nellis' comedy wins high honor at Czech fest
PRAGUE — Alice Nellis’ comedy “Little Girl Blue,” about a romantically frustrated housewife, played by Czech alt-pop star Iva Bittova, won the Golden Kingfisher in the Pilsen Finale, the Czech Republic’s biggest fest for local films, which closed Saturday.“Citizen Havel” scored the Kingfisher in the docu section, a bittersweet victory for co-helmer Miroslav Janek, who completed the film begun by the late Pavel Koutecky. Helmer died in an accident after over a decade of shooting behind-the-scenes events of ex-Czech president Vaclav Havel’s two terms in office. The jury seemingly commended Havel himself, a dissident playwright imprisoned by the pre-1989 regime for five years before becoming the first elected president of his country in nearly 40 years. The often light-hearted pic reveals the “Don Quixote efforts of the filmmakers and the main protagonist to change the world for the better,” jurors said in a statement. Aud award went to Tomas Berina’s “Grapes,” a summer road comedy set in the wine country of Moravia, an eastern Czech province. Thesp Ivan Trojan won the perf award for his portrayal of a mildly mentally disabled mischief maker in Jiri Vejdelek’s “Vaclav,” while Peter Dubecky was honored for promoting Czech film abroad for his work leading the Slovak Film Institute.