Prague, Februrary 22, 2011 – The jury for the Berlin-based national daily Der Tagesspiegel has awarded Erika Hníková's documentary Matchmaking Mayor its Readers' Prize. The prize, reserved for the best film in the Forum section, is worth 3,000 Euros.The ten-member jury, consisting of the Berlin newspaper's readers, chose the Czech-Slovak documentary from 31 films and explained its decision like this:“The prize goes this year to Erika Hníková for her film Matchmaking Mayor, which made us laugh and think and provoked lively discussion. A film capable of polarizing without ever having set out to do so. Its affectionate blend of discretion and intimacy in observing the eccentricities of the post-socialist era creates a complex portrait of single people uninterested in reproduction. A type of passive resistance; whether you laugh at it or with it is left up to you.” In addition to being available for the Berlinale's main prizes, all the movies in the official program are eligible to win one or more of the 19 independent prizes bestowed by juries that were not selected by the festival. This is the second time a Czech entry has received an award at the Berlinale. In 2010, Jan Hřebejek's Kawasaki's Rose was awarded by not one but two juries: the Ecumenical Jury and the Jury of the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas (C.I.C.A.E.).
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