Jan SvÄ›rák´s Empties, which had its international premiere in the Official Selection Competition at the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2007 where it won the Audience Award and the Special Jury Mention for the screenplay, continues on its successful path. The film, nominated for nine Czech Lion national movie awards (selected annually by the Czech Film and Television Academy), received two prestigious awards – Czech Lion for Best Screenplay for ZdenÄ›k SvÄ›rák and Czech Lion for Best Director Jan SvÄ›rák (Oscar for Kolja 1997). As the film’s producer, Jan SvÄ›rák can also be pleased that Empties was the most popular Czech film of the year 2007, seen by 1,255,000 moviegoers to date.
Czech Lion for The Art of Negative Thinking
The Art of Negative Thinking, a film by Noweigan director Bård Breien, has won a Czech Lion for Best Foreign Film of 2007. The black comedy about reckoning with positive thinking was selected for the official competition at the 42nd Karlovy Vary IFF, where it had its international premiere and was acclaimed by both the jury (Best Director Award) and festival audiences (2nd place in the vote for the Audience Award). The film was well received by Czech audience in the theatres (distributed by Cinemart).