PRAGUE: The filming of the Czech/Slovak coproduction Czech Devil / Arvéd concluded in Prague on 14 March 2021. The debut feature by Czech artist Vojtěch Mašek is based on true events and follows "a modern Faust" Dr. Jiří Arvéd Smichovsky, who signed his soul to the Nazi regime. The Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund are supporting.

PRAGUE: The Ukrainian project Lagoons. A Battle for Paradise by Serhiy Lysenko won the main East Doc Platform Award of 2021. Four other projects won cash and other awards at the 17 March 2021 closing.

PRAGUE: Netflix’s The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Regé-Jean Page is set to film in Prague in the summer of 2021. Stillking will handle production services for the film, which has a budget of 200 m USD and is Netflix’s most expensive production.

PRAGUE: East Doc Platform, running online 6 – 17 March 2021, presented five Czech produced and coproduced documentaries in different stages of completion during the annual event Czech Docs … Coming Soon. All productions are ready for international distribution and sales.

PRAGUE: The Czech Film Fund gave a total of 2.5 m EUR / 64 m CZK to eight fiction feature films and 170,000 EUR / 4.5 m CZK for the development of 11 documentary productions.

PRAGUE: Charlatan / Šarlatán by Agnieszka Holland was honoured with the statue for the best film, director and three others at the Czech Lion Awards. Six other categories, including screenplay and lead actress, were dominated by Shadow Country / Krajina ve stínu by Bohdan Sláma. Both films are historical dramas about ordinary people facing harsh circumstances.

PRAGUE: The Affair / Skleněný pokoj, the Czech/Slovak adaptation of Simon Mawer's book The Glass Room, will be released on VOD in the United States on 5 March 2021 by Vertical Entertainment.

PRAGUE: Three feature debut films and an additional eight films from established directors received 1.7 m CZK / 2.8 m EUR from the Czech Film Fund in the second half of 2020.

PRAGUE: The 11th Czech Film Critics' Awards gave its top prize for Best Film to black and white historical drama Shadow Country by Bohdan Sláma, as its actress Magdaléna Borová won the Best Actress trophy. The film follows an ordinary village facing the harsh times of the first half of the 20th century.