Two Czech Films in the Running for European Film of the Year

Two Czech Films in the Running for European Film of the Year

Since 1988, the European Film Academy has been celebrating achievements in European filmmaking via the European Film Awards, which awards the top films and filmmakers across a number of categories every December.

This year, for the 29th edition of the European Film Awards, two Czech movies have been deemed eligible for the top prize and have made it to the shortlist for nominations.

Bohdan Slama’s Ice Mother and Jan Hřebejk’s The Teacher have both secured a place on the shortlist, making them eligible for nomination.

But the shortlist isn’t exactly short: 51 titles feature on the list, which will be whittled down to 5-6 come nomination time.

And both The Teacher and Ice Mother face some stiff competition that includes highlights from this year’s Cannes film festival like Michael Haneke’s Happy End, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, and Ruben Östlund’s The Square.

Agnieszka Holland's Spoor, a Czech co-production that was primarily filmed in Poland, is also in the running for European Film of the Year.

Unfortunately, the jury didn’t even nominate the best Hřebejk film from the past calendar year; that would be The Garden Store: Family Friend, the first in an epic trilogy of WWII features set for release this year. The Karel Roden-starring biopic Masaryk would have also been a worthy addition.

Jan Svěrák’s Barefoot, likely the best Czech film of 2017, just missed the July 1 cutoff date for this year’s awards but will be eligible in 2018.

No Czech film has ever won the top prize at the European Film Awards, and only one has ever been nominated: Kolya, which lost out to Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves way back in 1996.

In fact, the only Czech film to be awarded in any category at the EFAs was Alois Nebel, which won Best Animated European Film in 2012.

The European Film Awards will be announced this year on December 9.

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