‘Ice Mother’ (Bába z ledu) Named Best Film of 2017 at Czech Lion Awards
Bohdan Sláma’s Ice Mother (Bába z ledu), which set a record earlier this year with 15 nominations at the Czech Lion Awards (the local version of the Oscars), was the expected big winner on Saturday night at the awards ceremony broadcast live from Prague’s Rudolfinum.
A drama about a grandmother who takes up swimming in the ice-cold waters of the Vltava river in Prague during the winter, Ice Mother was a decent-enough film (read my review from last March here) but a poor choice for the best Czech film of the year in a banner year for Czech cinema.
Jan Svěrák’s Barefoot (Po strništi bos), a prequel to the Oscar-winning Kolya and easily the best Czech film I saw last year (here’s my review of Barefoot), won awards for Supporting Actor Oldřich Kaiser, Cinematography (Vladimír Smutný), and Sound Editing (Jakub Čech and Claus Lynge).
Jan Hřebejk and writer Petr Jarchovský outstanding Garden Store trilogy, a trio of theatrical films depicting life in Czechoslovakia from the early 1940s through the late 1950s, were all unrecognized at this year’s Czech Lion Awards.
Ice Mother, meanwhile, won six Czech Lions for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay (Sláma), Actress (Zuzana Kronerová), Actor (Pavel Nový), and Supporting Actress (Petra Špalková).
Olga Sommerová’s Červená, a portrait of the iconic Czech opera singer, deservedly won the top prize for Best Documentary.
The well-intentioned biopic Milada, about Czech politician and victim of communism Milada Horáková, took home Czech Lion awards for Best Costume Design and Makeup and Hairstyling.
Václav Kadrnka’s Little Crusader, which became the first Czech film in 15 years to win the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last summer, took home a single Czech Lion for Best Music (Irena and Vojtěch Havel).
Here’s the complete list of 2018 Czech Lion Award winners and nominees, with winners highlighted in bold:
Czech Journal: The Limits of Work (Český žurnál: Hranice práce)
The Taste of Power (Mečiar)
Let Mišík Sing (Nechte zpívat Mišíka)
The White World According to Daliborek (Svět pole Daliborka)
Ice Mother (Bohdan Sláma)
Ice Mother (Zuzana Kronerová)
Ice Mother (Pavel Nový)
Best Supporting Actress:
Ice Mother (Petra Špalková)
Best Supporting Actor:
Barefoot (Oldřich Kaiser)
Ice Mother (Bohdan Sláma)
Barefoot (Vladimír Smutný)
Filthy (Jiří Brožek, Michal Lánský, Jana Vlčková)
Barefoot (Jakub Čech, Claus Lynge)
Little Crusader (Irena and Vojtěch Havel)
Best Art Direction:
Lajka (Aurel Klimt, Martin Velíšek, František Lipták)
Best Costume Design:
Milada (Simona Rybáková)
Milada (Andrea McDonald)