Oscars: Czech Republic Sends ‘Home Care’ for Foreign-Language Race

Oscars: Czech Republic Sends 'Home Care'
Courtesy of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

The Czech Film and TV Academy has selected “Home Care” as its entry in the Oscar foreign-language race.

The film premiered at the Karlovy Vary film festival where Alena Mihulova won the lead actress award for the film, which is the directorial debut of Slavek Horak.

Next month, “Home Care” will have its international premiere at the Busan Intl. Film Festival where it unspools in the New Currents section.

“The story is very Moravian and I hope that the setting (the Czech wine region of Moravia) will be mysterious and exotic for the international audience, especially since they have already seen Tahiti and Southern Africa numerous times,” Horak joked. On a more serious note he added: “In the past I preferred films with intellectual themes, but these days I’ve come to appreciate emotionally compelling movies. Making an emotional film was my goal with ‘Home Care.’ ”

Tvorba Films produced “Home Care.”

The deadline to submit foreign-language films for the Academy Awards is Oct. 1. The entries will be shortlisted to nine from which the nominations will be determined, and announced Jan. 14. The Oscars take place Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.