Occupation tops Czech film critics awards

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PRAGUE: the first feature film by Michal Nohejl Occupation topped the 12th Czech Film Critics Awards, winning four categories including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The quirky drama about the events that unfold when a drunken Soviet commander stumbles upon a party at a provincial theater in occupied 1970s Czechoslovakia had been nominated in six categories. It was produced by unit and sofa in co-production with Czech television and PFXand supported by the Czech Film Fund.

Winners of the Czech Film Critics Awards 2021:

Best film :
Profession / Okupace (Czech republic)
Directed by Michal Nohejl
Produced by unit and sofa, Czech television and PFXproducers Jan Hlavsa, Julie Žáčková
Supported by the Czech Film Fund

Best Documentary:
Intensive Living Unit / Jednotka intenzivního života (Czech republic)
Directed by Adela Komrzy
Produced by nutprodukcePavla Janouskova Kubeckova
Supported by the Czech Film Fund

Best Director:
Michal Nohejl for Profession / Okupace

Best Screenplay:
Vojtech Mašek & Marek Šindelka for Profession / Okupace

Audiovisual production:
Even mice belong in heaven / Myši patří do nebe (Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovakia) – concept art
Directed by Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubenicek
Produced by fresh moviesThe Swan Movies
Supported by Czech Film Fund, Creative Europe – MEDIAEurimages, Grand Est Region, Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur Region, Polish Film Institute, Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Best actor:
Vaclav Neuzil for Zatopek (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Directed by David Ondricek
Produced by Lucky Man Movies in co-production with Czech television, Barrandov Studios, Olife Energy, Accolade Holding, ALEF NULA, Innogy Ceska Republika, T-Mobile, Sebre, Azyl production and Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska producers Kryštof Mucha, David Ondříček

Best Actress:
Pavla Gajdošíkova for Emma in love / Chyby (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Directed by Jan Prušinovský
Produced by Offside men, Czech television, PubResproducers Jan Prušinovský, Ondřej Zima
Supported by the Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Innogy Award for Newcomer of the Year:
Michal Nohejl for Profession / Okupace

Off-Screen Reward:
The Defender / Ochrance
Directed by Tereza Kopáčová, Tomáš Mašín
Produced by Czech television

Best short film:
Love, daddy / Milý tati (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Directed by Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Produced by 13ka
Supported by Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund

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