PRAGUE: Bohdan Sláma's The Ice Mother / Bába z Ledu was selected as Czech Republic’s official entry for an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. This Czech/Slovak/French coproduction was recommended by the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA).
“The film premiered internationally in the competition of the prestigious festival Tribeca in New York, where it was awarded for best script. The positive reviews and encouraging reactions from the audience make us hopeful that our film could be successful in its further journey on the American continent,” said Pavel Strnad, who produced through Negativ .
The Ice Mother is a story of the warmhearted yet modest Hana, who lives alone in her old family house without changing a thing ever since her husband died a few years ago. She sometimes needs a helping hand but both her sons are too busy and too selfish to notice. Unexpectedly, Hana finds a helpful hand in Bronia and they become lovers. Hana valiantly decides that it is time she stood up for her own good and she starts to change her life. But when she discovers that the straightforward Bronia has a dark secret, she is once again forced to decide what she really wants in life.
The acclaimed Slovak actress Zuzana Kronerova and Czech actor Pavel Nový play the main roles.
The film received support from the State Cinematography Fund Czech Republic, CNC, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic, Creative Europe-MEDIA Programme and Eurimages. Slama´s last film Four Suns (2011), which was also produced by Negativ, was the only Czech feature film selected for competition at Sundance FF.