Czech Lion Awards 2020: Charlatan wins Best Feature Film

    Charlatan is the main winner of the Czech Lion Awards 2020. A drama, directed by Agnieszka Holland and produced by Šárka Cimbalová & Kevan Van Thompson, won Best Feature Film, Best Director and three more categories. Six Czech Lions belong to Shadow Country, Best Documentary Feature award went to Caught in the Net and the very first ever Best Animated Film is A Colourful Dream.

    Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA), in cooperation with Czech Television, organized a special gala broadcasting from Prague's Rudolfinum on Saturday. The most successful film of the evening became Charlatan which won five Czech Lions. The award for Best Feature Film was handed over to producers Šárka Cimbalová and Kevan Van Thompson of Marlene Film Production. World-famous auteur Agnieszka Holland could not travel to Prague and thanked the CFTA remotly for the Best Director award. Her drama inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolášek was also awarded prizes for Actor in a Leading Role, potrayed by Ivan Trojan, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

    The evening had slightly bittersweet undertone for cast and crew behind black-and-white drama Shadow Country  because it was honored with the most Czech Lions, six, but did not get the most important one. Ivan Arsenjev received the award for Best Screenplay, Magdaléna Borová was awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the film also scored in categories Best Film Editing, Best Music, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Costumes.

    The prize for Best Documentary Feature went to Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, producers of Caught in the Net, a social experiment opening the hitherto taboo topic of online child abuse. And for the first time, CFTA also announced winners of newly-formed categories Best Animated Film and Best Short Film. The awards went to Jan Balej's A Colourful Dream and Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon by Adam Martinec, respectively.

    Martinec's short social drama Anatomy of a Czech Afternoon also won the non-statutary Magnesia Award for the Best Student Film, which is presented by CFTA in cooperation with Mattoni 1873 and the Czech Film Fund. Czech Film Center, the divison of the Fund, traditionally took care of the pre-selection of films for this category.

    You can check the full list of winners HERE.


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