PRAGUE: Czech cinema had a good year in 2017, with international success of both feature films and documentaries, a film fund effectively supporting the development and production of numerous quality films, a growing number of coproductions, returning international film crews shooting on Czech locations and excellent box office results.
PRAGUE: The Czech satirical film President Blanik / Prezident Blaník directed by Marek Najbrt topped the weekend admissions chart with 63,630 admissions and 357,718 EUR / almost 9 m CZK gross. The film released by Falcon on 1 February 2018 was shot during the presidential campaign in the Czech Republic and many scenes are from real presidential debates.
PRAGUE: The FAMU in Prague plans to introduce a new department specialised in video games design, as the Czech Republic is today one of the major video games developers.
PRAGUE: Filthy / Špína directed by Tereza Nvotová was awarded Best Film and the Innogy Award for the Discovery of the Year at the Czech Critics´Awards 2017, while Little Crusader directed by Václav Kadrnka was awarded for Best Director. The ceremony took place on 27 January 2018.
PRAGUE: The new historical drama Britannia, currently available on Sky Atlantic and Amazon, was largely filmed in and around Prague, using the Czech Republic as a stand-in for Britain of the 1st Century A.D. The series received one the highest film incentives in the Czech Republic, 6.2 m EUR / 167.3 m CZK.
PRAGUE: Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda, authors of the critically acclaimed I, Olga Hepnarova, are developing the love story Nobody Likes Me / Nikdo mě nemá rád. This Czech/French coproduction was selected for the upcoming Berlinale Co-production Market 2018.
PRAGUE: Ice Mother, Barefoot and Milada received the most nominations for the 25th annual Czech Lion awards, organised by the Czech Film and Television Academy. The winners will be announced on 10 March 2018.
PRAGUE: The Slovak/Czech drama Filthy / Špína directed by Tereza Nvotová got six nominations for the Czech Film Critics´Awards. The awards will be announced on 27 January 2018.
PRAGUE: Respected Czech director, documentarist and screenwriter Drahomíra Vihanová died on 10 December 2017 at the age of 87. She was one of the members of the Czech New Wave.
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