Czechs put ‘World’ forward for Oscar nom

Helmer Sverak previous winner with 'Kolya'

PRAGUE — The Czech Film and Television Academy has tapped Jan Sverak’s “Dark Blue World” as this year’s Oscar candidate.

Petr Vachler, director of CFTA, said the choice came as no surprise. Sverak won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1996 with “Kolya” and received an Oscar nomination for his first film, “Elementary School.”

“World” (Tmavomodry Svet), the story of Czech pilots serving in the RAF during WWII and scripted by the helmer’s father and frequent collaborator Zdenek Sverak, was shot in Czech and English. Pic was produced by “Kolya” producer Eric Abraham.

Last year’s candidate, “Divided We Fall” by Jan Hrebejk, received a best foreign language film nomination.

Vachler noted this was a particularly strong year for Czech films, with fourteen under consideration. “World” beat out films by Jan Svankmajer, Vladimir Michalek and F.A. Brabec.

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