The Nightsiren (2022)

See the best Czech films of 2022 with English subtitles at Prague’s Edison Filmhub

Cinephiles in Prague can catch the best Czech movies of 2022 through the first weekend in March during the Czech Lion (Český lev) film festival at Edison Filmhub. Almost all films will be shown with English subtitles.

Movies screening at Edison Filmhub represent those nominated for 2023 Czech Lion awards, the Czech Republic’s version of the Academy Awards. The 2023 Czech Lion awards will be handed out during a ceremony in Prague on Saturday, March 4, and film fans in the Czech capital can catch each of them nightly now through that date.

Czech Lion-nominated films screening include Arvéd, a psychological thriller that was recently named the best Czech film of 2022 at the Czech Film Critics’ Awards. Director Vojtěch Mašek’s debut tells the true story of occultist Jiří “Arvéd” Smíchovský, who collaborated with the Nazis and was later imprisoned by the communist regime.

Also screening will be Il Boemo, which was the Czech Republic’s official submission to the 2023 Academy Awards; ultimately, it did not earn an Oscar nomination. Directed by Petr Václav (The Way Out), the film tells the true story of Czech composer Josef Mysliveček, who was a mentor and personal friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Arvéd led this year’s Czech Lion nominations with a total of 12, with Il Boemo right behind at 11.

BANGER., a drug-laced thriller shot on director Adam Sedlák’s iPhone that received eight Czech Lion nominations, and Tereza Nvotová’s horror-mystery Světlonoc (The Nightsiren, pictured at top), which scored seven Czech Lion nominations and won the top prize at the Locarno Film Festival last summer, will also screen at Edison Filmhub over the coming weeks.

Other films screening during the Czech Lion fest at Edison Filmhub include Medieval, an English-language historical epic about one of Bohemia’s most famous military leaders from director Petr Jákl, and Michal Blaško’s Oběť (Victim), which both received four nominations.

Almost all films will play in English-friendly versions; only Grand Prix (screening in Czech) and Brotherhood (screening in Bosnian with Czech subtitles) will be shown without English subtitles during the festival. Medieval will play in its original English-language version with Czech subtitles.

Edison Filmhub has become a favorite for local film fans thanks to its diverse programming and high number of English-friendly screenings. The New Town cinema topped our recent list of the top ten cinemas in Prague.

Here’s the full schedule for Edison Filmhub’s Czech Lion festival:

DateFilm Time
Feb. 13Art Talent Show + Carp XMaxx9:30 p.m.
Feb. 14Kapr Code7:00 p.m.
Feb. 16The Nightsiren4:30 p.m.
Feb. 17Victim + Rited9:00 p.m.
Feb. 18And Then There Was Love…4:30 p.m.
Feb. 19Borders of Love4:30 p.m.
Feb. 21Buko12:00 p.m.
Feb. 23The Word4:30 p.m.
Feb. 24The Last Race12:00 p.m.
Feb. 24Good Old Czechs + Barcarole4:30 p.m.
Feb. 25Somewhere over the Chemtrails + Suzie in the Garden4:30 p.m.
Feb. 26Medieval4:30 p.m.
Feb. 27Grand Prix4:30 p.m.
Feb. 28BANGER.9:00 p.m.
Mar. 1Ordinary Failures + Vinland4:30 p.m.
Mar. 2Brotherhood4:30 p.m.
Mar. 3Arvéd9:30 p.m.
Mar. 4Il Boemo4:00 p.m.

For more details, consult the official Edison Filmhub website.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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