Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Charlatan’ named best Czech film

Charlatan (Czech title: Šarlatán), a biographical drama by the Polish director Agnieszka Holland was pronounced best Czech Film at the Czech Lion Awards gala, the country’s most prestigious film honours.

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Ms Holland herself won the award for directing. The movie received three more Lions in the following categories: actor, cinematography and sound.

However, it was not the most award-winning title. Seven Czech Lions went to the hands of the creators of the “Shadow Land.”

“Charlatan”, which is also a Czech candidate for an Oscar, tells the story of the Czechoslovak healer Jan Mikolášek who cured hundreds of people using alternative medicine, mostly plant-based remedies. His activity peaked in the inter-war period, when he treated a variety of the Czechoslovak elite.

The Czech Lions were awarded in 21 categories. The award ceremony took place online on March 6 in Prague.

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