Updates: 09/25/2021 22:27
Released: 25.09.2021, 22:20
Prague – The main prize of the Golden Prague festival went to the British film Romeo and Juliet. Simon Godwin made a bold new film of William Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy. The film won competition from more than 90 works from 17 countries. The ceremony took place on Saturday on the New Stage of the National Theater.
According to the jury, the director processed the work extremely thoroughly, efficiently and dramatically. The jurors also have excellent performances by the protagonists and fresh modern costumes. “The director’s hand-shot shots were exceptionally successful, conveying to the audience strong, dramatic details that capture the penetrating beauty. Brilliantly performed and brilliant directing,” said the commission, chaired by British director Brian Large.
Of the Czech films, the film Spring Stars of the Czech Philharmonic III with Jakub Hrůša and Lisa Batiashvili succeeded at the festival. He received the Czech Crystal Award – category Records of Music Concerts. “The recording of the Czech Philharmonic’s concert, which took place in the Rudolfinum during the covid pandemic, is remarkable for creating a magical atmosphere filled with music in an empty hall with the help of beautiful lighting effects,” explained the jurors.
In the category Czech Crystal – Documentaries on Music, Dance and Theater, the Polish film Agony won. The jury chose this documentary because it presented folk music as a means of locally connecting generations – past and present. Czech crystal in the category Records of staging art, mostly Austrian adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel.
The Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation Vision 97 awarded the German Project Dying Swans from the time of the coronavirus pandemic, which also received one of two special awards for extraordinary artistic achievement. The second recognition went to the German work The White Rose. The Dutch film Janine Jansenová: Love for Stradivari won the Czech Television Award. The jury awarded the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the International Music and Media Center (IMZ) the Lifetime Achievement Award to American theater director Peter Sellars.
Television viewers will see the winning program on Monday, September 27 from 9:20 p.m. Last year, the main prize of Golden Prague was awarded to the German film The Brothers Kühn – Jazz Across Borders, which describes the fates of the famous musicians Joachim and Rolf Kühn. The Golden Prague International Festival has been held since 1964, making it one of the oldest television festivals in the world.