Cinema: ‘Charlatan’ Dominates Czech Lion Awards 2021

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Charlatan (Šarlatán) emerged as the biggest winner of the 2021 Czech Lion ceremony, the most prestigious movie award in the Czech Republic.

Charlatan is a biographical drama directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolášek, portrayed here by Ivan Trojan, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick, despite the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life.

Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolášek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth whether during the Nazi occupation or under Communist rule.

A three-time Oscar nominee, Holland – who was recently elected President of the European Film Academy (EFA) – has directed many successful films, including To Kill a Priest (1988), Europa Europa (1990), and Washington Square (1997).

The annual awards took place in Dvořák’s Hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum. The Czech Television traditionally broadcasted the ceremonial gala evening live.

Main awards 2021

  • BEST FILM: Charlatan
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY: Caught in the Net
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Charlatan – Agnieszka Holland
  • BEST ACTRESS IN THE MAIN ROLE: Magdaléna Borová in Shadow Country
  • BEST ACTOR IN THE MAIN ROLE: Ivan Trojan in Charlatan
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Petra Špalková in Shadow Country
  • BEST SCENARIO: Ivan Arsenyev in Shadow Country 
  • BEST CAMERA: Martin Strba in Charlatan
  • BEST SHORT FILM: Anatomy of the Czech Afternoon
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