Dolls charm Finále jury
by Sakis Kontos
Karin Babinská’s debut feature Dolls [+see also:
film profile] won the Golden Kingfisher for Best Film at the 20th edition of the historic Finále – Festival of Czech Films (April 23-28) in Pilsen.
Dolls is a road movie about three girls, schoolmates coming of age en route to a European destination, which has had a rather mixed box office, having garnered just under 30,000 admissions since opening domestically three weeks ago.
Babinská’s win was somewhat of a surprise as the official competition included such films as Jirí Menzel’s I Served the King of England [+see also:
film profile], nominated for the Golden Bear in Berlin this year, and the 2006 box office mega-hit Holiday Makers by Jirí Vejdelek.
The international jury, chaired by veteran Czech Actress Iva Janzurová, said they chose the film because it “found an original form through which it explored the experience of its three main protagonists, in a way that was both intelligent and appealing to a wide audience.”
They also handed out an Outstanding Film Achievement award to Petr Nikolaev for his film It Gonna Get Worse. No real surprises with the Audience Award for Best Film, which was won by Robert Sedlacek’s Rules of Lies, a critically and publicly acclaimed title that was, however, overlooked at the recent Czech Lions awards.
The Golden Kingfisher for Best Documentary was given to veteran director and former Minister of Culture Helena Trestiková for Marcela.
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