A Prominent Patient

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A Prominent Patient
A Prominent Patient.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Julius Ševčík
Produced by Rudolf Biermann
Julius Ševčík
Written by Julius Ševčík
Starring Karel Roden
Music by Kryštof Marek
Michał Lorenc
Cinematography Martin Štrba
Edited by Marek Opatrný
Production
company
Release date
  • 25 December 2016 (2016-12-25) (Lucerna Kino)
  • 9 March 2017 (2017-03-09) (Czech Republic)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Czech Republic
Slovakia
Language Czech
Slovak
English
Budget 54,000,000 CZK[2]
Box office 41,746,040 CZK[3]

A Prominent Patient (Czech: Masaryk) is a 2016 Czech-Slovak drama film directed by Julius Ševčík.[4] It was screened in the Berlinale Special section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.[5] It won twelve Czech Lions including the Czech Lion for Best Film.[6] The film was first screened in Lucerna Kino.[7]

Plot[edit]

The film is set in the years 1937-1939. It shows the life of Jan Masaryk when he was the Czechoslovak ambassador to the United Kingdom. The film starts with the death of the first Czechoslovak president and Jan's father Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Jan becomes ambassador to the United Kingdom. Czechoslovakia faces aggression from Nazi Germany, which supports the Sudeten Germans. Masaryk tries to persuade the United Kingdom to help his homeland but the Munich Agreement is eventually settled and Czechoslovakia gives up its borderlands to Germany. Jan Masaryk is devastated and escapes to the United States. He ends up in a sanatorium due to his psychological problems. He is treated by Doctor Klein. Their relationship is problematic because Klein is German. Masaryk is also helped by an American journalist Marcia Davenport.[8]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Shooting consisted of two parts. In fall 2015, filming started in Slovakia and then moved to the Czech Republic in January 2016.[9] Some scenes were also shot in the Netherlands. Shooting took 40 days overall.[10] Scenes set in London were shot in Prague. There is a shot of the British parliament that was modeled from Czech realms by work of compositioners.[11]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

A Prominent Patient has received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. It holds 68% at Kinobox aggregator.[12]

The film won twelve Czech Lion Awards and eight Sun in a Net Awards. Masaryk's participation in the Sun in a Net Awards received attention due to its success at Czech Lions.[13] [14]

The film received lukewarm reviews from critics at the Berlin International Film Festival. Critics criticised cheap sex scenes, aggravation of the film and confusing plot. They also criticised some supporting actors.[15]

Accolades[edit]

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
2017 Czech Lion Awards Best Film Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík Won [16][17]
Best Director Julius Ševčík Won
Best Actor in Leading Role Karel Roden Won
Best Supporting Actress Arly Jover Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Oldřich Kaiser Won
Best Screenplay Petr Kolečko, Alex Koenigsmark, Julius Ševčík Won
Best Cinematography Martin Štrba Won
Best Editing Marek Opatrný Won
Best Sound Viktor Ekrt, Pavel Rejholec Won
Best Music Michal Lorenc, Kryštof Marek Won
Best Scenography Milan Býček Won
Best Costumes Katarína Štrbová Bieliková Won
Best Masks Lukáš Král Won
Best Poster Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík Nominated
Sun in a Net Awards Best Film Julius Ševčík Nominated [18]
Best Director Julius Ševčík Nominated
Best Screenplay Petr Kolečko, Alex Koenigsmark, Julius Ševčík Nominated
Best Cinematography Martin Štrba Won
Best Editing Marek Opatrný Won
Best Sound Viktor Ekrt, Pavel Rejholec Won
Best Music Michal Lorenc, Kryštof Marek Nominated
Best Scenography Milan Býček Won
Best Director Julius Ševčík Won
Best Actor in Leading Role Karel Roden Won
Best Supporting Actor Oldřich Kaiser Won
Best Supporting Actress Arly Jover Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KVIFF Masaryk". www.kviff.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Film Masaryk režiséra Julia Ševčíka přijde do kin 9. března 2017 | ČeskéNoviny.cz". www.ceskenoviny.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Masaryk - Tržby a návštěvnost". KINOMANIAK (in Czech). Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "A Prominent Patient". Film Affinity. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Berlinale 2017: Competition and Berlinale Special Are Complete". Berlinale. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Berlinale A Prominent Patient Received 12 Czech Lions". Film New Europe. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Film Masaryk zatím promítá jediné kino, tvůrci se bojí, aby snímek neukradli piráti". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). 27 December 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  8. ^ 2003-2017, Filmová databáze s.r.o. (FDb.cz),. "Masaryk (2016)". FDb.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Nedaleko Kolína začalo natáčení česko-slovenského filmu Masaryk". iROZHLAS (in Czech). Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "FILM MASARYK V ČÍSLECH A ZAJÍMAVOSTECH Zajímavosti Kritiky.cz". Kritiky.cz (in Czech). 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Jak vznikaly triky pro Masaryka? (video)". www.totalfilm.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  12. ^ kinobox.cz, team at. "Masaryk". Kinobox.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Nejvíce slovenských filmových cen Slnko v sieti získalo drama Masaryk, nejlepším filmem je Učitelka". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). 8 April 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Český lev 2017: Masaryk? Levárna a kalkul, zlobí se Bartoška". Blesk.cz. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Masaryk? Utrpení, nevkusný sex, drogy a zmatenost, píší kritici z Berlinale. Nenadchnul je". Aktuálně.cz - Víte, co se právě děje (in Czech). 18 February 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "DRŽITELÉ CENY 24. ČESKÝ LEV | ČFTA". www.filmovaakademie.cz. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "NOMINACE - FILMY | ČFTA". www.filmovaakademie.cz. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Slovenská filmová a televízna akadémia: Static". www.sfta.sk. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 

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