– A drama at the intersection of capitalism and environmentalism and a biopic about a controversial Czech actress are among the 2022 winners for Best Undirected Screenplay
The 2022 winners of the national screenwriting competition (from left to right): David Semmler, Pavel Gotthard, Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb, and Viktor Polesný
The Czech Film Foundation organizes a national screenwriting competition every year highlighting the most interesting and best-written screenplays produced locally. The contest has a good track record of awarding promising scripts that quickly came to fruition. The period drama Krystof [+see also:
film profile]female-led psychological history Ordinary chess (see news), the period biopic drama Il Boemo (see the news) and the coming-of-age road movie brutal heat (see news) belong to the latest coterie of finished films based on Czech Film Foundation award-winning screenplays. This year the jury read 95 submitted scripts involving a range of stories from dramas, comedies and fairy tales to crime stories. “The potential for early adaptation of the winning scripts into film form is significant. This is also demonstrated by the fact that all three winning scripts are supported by the Czech Film Fund, two have a contract option with a producer and two screenwriters are working already with future directors,” said Martin Chalupskymember of the Czech Film Foundation, regarding the 2022 winners.
The main category:
Literary preparation of feature films – unrealized script
The forest – Petr Kazda, Tomas Weinreb
The Czech Film Foundation has awarded the latest project from the creative team behind the critically acclaimed biopic I, Olga Hepnarova [+see also:
interview: Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
film profile]. The production, writing and directing team of Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb work on The forest as they wrap up their second feature film Nobody loves Me (read the news). The new work marks a break from dramas revolving around strangers such as I, Olga Hepnarova and Nobody loves Me. The story follows the family of sawmill owner Libor, who takes a gamble after a hurricane wreaks havoc in the forest. He sees a financial opportunity in the natural disaster as a way to protect his family. The whole situation is beyond Libor’s control and leads to tragic results. The forest combines motifs from late capitalism, environmentalism and current social reality. The project was recently exploited for the Cannes industrial initiative L’Atelier. The French co-producer of their two feature films, Arizona Films Productions, is at the origin of the project since the film is produced by the Czech company nutprodukce. The Czech Film Fund supported development and production, and principal photography is slated for summer/fall 2023.
Vlasta- Pavel Gotthard
The scenario vlasta by the author of the Czech television series Actor (read the news), Pavel Gotthard, was awarded in the main category. Gotthard based the screenplay on the real life of the Czech actress Vlasta Chramostova, who was known as a dissident and yet her name appeared on lists of Secret Service collaborators in the early 90s. The story follows the protagonist through crucial moments in her life affecting her motivation, decisions and results that pushed her to the extreme. The main themes of the story deal with guilt, confessions and catharsis. The Czech Film Fund has already supported the development of the film, and the film is produced by Victor Schwarcz by Cineart TV Prague. czech director Jaroslav Brabecwho recently worked on TV projects after directing feature films The melancholic chicken Where Horror story in the 1990s, is attached to the film bar.
Dance of Death – Viktor Polesny
Next vlasta, Dance of Death is also a storyline with a period biopic dimension, which focuses on the last days of the communist president of Czechoslovakia, Clement Gottwald. Polesný revealed that he was inspired to write Dance of Death by “the current times we live in” adding that the story is mostly about manipulation. In his last days, people around the president found themselves in a situation full of chaos and lies, without competence but with an ability to cheat. The screenwriter based the story on testimonies of long-classified Gottwald doctors.
Star of Tomorrow Category:
naughty kids – David Semler
The Czech Film Foundation devotes a special category to young writers under the age of 35. The jury chose the screenplay naughty kids by the writer David Semler. Semler won the National Literary Award for Young Writers in 2010 with the short story The kingdom of smiles then turned to screenwriting. He has written more than 3 feature film scripts and more than 10 short film scripts, one of which, titled Must be painfulhe also realized. naughty kids is a drama with elements of ironic comedy about “(poor) communication between parents and children, hearing and deaf, lovers and those who won’t or can’t love”. Lucia, a sign language interpreter, has a new imprisoned client. He is hearing but he has a son who is deaf and cannot communicate with him. Lucie helps them communicate and create a bond. naughty kids is described as the story of an “unusual love triangle”. The Czech Film Fund supported the creation of the first draft of the screenplay.