The Lions, the Czech Republic’s top film prize, was dominated Saturday by pics that searched the nation’s soul by exploring traumatic points in its past.
Helmer and co-writer Marek Najbrt’s “Protector” won six awards including best pic, director, screenplay (for Najbrt, Robert Geisler and Benjamin Tucek), actress for Jana Plodkova, music kudo for Midi Lidi and editing for Pavel Hrdlicka.
“Protector,” which was the Czech entry for the foreign film Oscar, is the tale of the people of Prague coping with the conflict between ethics and survival under Nazi occupation during WWII.
Krystof Hadek won actor Lion for his turn as a writer in a growing police state in communist-era morality tale “Three Seasons in Hell,” which also took the cinematography kudo for Carl Oskarsson while Pavel Rejholec and Jakub Cech’s audio work won it best sound.
“Kawasaki’s Rose,” which was lauded in Berlin in February, won supporting actor and actress Lions for Ladislav Chudik and Daniela Kolarova in perfs guided by Czech helmer Jan Hrebejk.
“Forgotten Transports: To Poland,” a Holocaust account by Lukas Pribyl, won best Czech documentary.
Gala ceremony also lauded veteran actress Jana Brejchova for outstanding contribution to Czech film.