Ice Mother (Bába z ledu) wins at Czech Lions

The romantic comedy took six prizes including Best Picture

Ice Mother (Bába z ledu) took six prizes in the 25th Czech Lion (Český lev) Awards, making it the big winner at the March 10 ceremony at the Rudolfinum. Barefoot was second with three wins and the biopic Milada had two. Four other films had one win each.

Some 25 live-action and animated films and 26 documentaries that had been distributed in 2017 were eligible to win a Czech Lion (Český lev). There were also television categories.

As with other film award ceremonies this year, the evening’s speeches turned to politics.

Best Film went to Ice Mother (Bába z ledu), a romantic comedy about a lonely older woman who becomes interested in winter swimming after she meets an elderly man. Bohdan Sláma earned statues for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film also took three of the four acting awards: Zuzana Kronerová and her co-star Pavel Nový earned Best Actress and Best Actor, and Petra Špalková was Best Supporting Actress.

Aside from the most wins, Ice Mother had the most nominations at 15. Bohdan Sláma said it was important for Czech films to tell stories about the society people live in.

It was not Slama’s first win. In the awards for 2005 Sláma won for directing and writing Something Like Happiness (Štěstí), which was also Best Picture for that year.

Zuzana Kronerová in her speech mentioned the current political situation in Slovakia. She said she was worried for freedom and democracy. “I am holding my thumbs for all decent people,” she added.

Barefoot (Po strništi bos), directed by Jan Svěrák, takes place during World War II with a young city boy relocating to a rural area. Oldřich Kaiser earned a Czech Lion for Best Supporting Actor. The film also won for Best Sound and Best Cinematography. The latter was the seventh Czech Lion won by cinematographer Vladimír Smutný.

Barefoot also won the Award of Film Fans and Best Poster, which are non-statutory awards.

The two Czech Lions picked up by Milada, a biopic about communist show trial victim Milada Horáková, were Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Best Documentary Feature went to Červená from director Olga Sommerová. She used her speech to address recent political attacks on public television. “This gala evening is broadcast by Czech Television, which does not belong to any oligarch, but to our citizens. If anyone tries to destroy the sovereignty of public service television, I urge citizens and friends of democracy to rise up together,” Sommerová said.

Best Television Film or Miniseries went to Justice (Spravedlnost). Producer Kateřina Ondřejková asked people not to support President Miloš Zeman. “I would like people who create space for Czech artists to continue their efforts, despite those who want to stop them," she said.

Best Television Drama Series went to Shadow of the Ferns (Svět pod hlavou).

Film editor and educator Alois Fišárek received an Honorary Award for Unique Contribution to Czech Film. His credits include Akumulátor 1 (1994), Kolya (1996) and Dark Blue World (2001).

The awards are given out by the Czech Film and Television Academy (ČFTA) and are considered the local equivalent of the Oscars. The evening was hosted by Adela Vinczeová for the second time.

25th Czech Lion Award Winners

Best Film: Ice Mother (Bába Z Ledu) – producers Pavel Strnad, Petr Oukropec
Best Director: Ice Mother – Bohdan Sláma
Best Actress In A Leading Role: Ice Mother – Zuzana Kronerová
Best Actor In A Leading Role: Ice Mother – Pavel Nový
Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Ice Mother – Petra Špalková
Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Barefoot (Po Strništi Bos) – Oldřich Kaiser
Best Screenplay: Ice Mother – Bohdan Sláma
Best Cinematography: Barefoot – Vladimír Smutný
Best Film Editing: Filthy (Špína) – Jiří Brožek, Michal Lánský, Jana Vlčková
Best Sound: Barefoot – Jakub Čech, Claus Lynge
Best Music: Little Crusader (Křižáček) – Irena A Vojtěch Havlovi
Best Stage Design: Lajka (Laika) – Aurel Klimt, Martin Velíšek, František Lipták
Best Costume Design Milada (Milada) – Simona Rybáková
Best Makeup And Hairstyling: Milada (Milada) – Andrea Mcdonald
Best Documentary Feature: Červená (Cervena) – director Olga Sommerová, producer Pavel Berčík
Honorary Award for Unique Contribution to Czech Film: Alois Fišárek

Best Television Film Or Miniseries: Justice (Spravedlnost) - Czech Television, director: Peter Bebjak – producers: Kateřina Ondřejková, Rastislav Šesták – Screenplay: Tomáš Bombík
Best Television Drama Series: Shadow Of The Ferns (Svět Pod Hlavou) - Czech Television, director: Marek Najbrt, Radim Špaček –producers: Vratislav Šlajer, Michal Reitler – Screenplay: Ondřej Štindl

Non-Statutory Awards
Magnesia Award For The Best Student Film: Atlantida, 2003 (Atlantis, 2003) – Michal Blaško
Best Film Poster: Barefoot – Jiří Karásek, Lukáš Fišárek
Award of Film Fans: Barefoot – director Jan Svěrák

Overview of the number of Czech Lion Awards
Ice Mother – 6 Czech Lions
Barefoot – 3 Czech Lions
Milada– 2 Czech Lions
Červená – 1 Czech Lion
Little Crusader – 1 Czech Lion
Laika – 1 Czech Lion
Filthy – 1 Czech Lion
Czech Television – 2 Czech Lions

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