The favorite with five nominations is the seemingly modest comedy Prišla v noci, which was visited by only fourteen thousand viewers in cinemas last year – but they know very well why they had so much fun.
Perhaps the film paid for the misleading characterization of “horror-tinged comedy”, because horror films are not particularly popular here, but in the story She Came at Night there are definitely no supernatural monsters lurking around the corner.
On the contrary, the film presents a completely realistic, all the more terrifying situation: how to get rid of an eccentric lady who unexpectedly invades the cohabitation of her own son with his girlfriend, without resorting to matricide or, which sounds even worse, letting her be right about many things.
An equally unconventional opponent in the fight for the trophy for the film of the year was found in the black comedy Prišla v nocchi in the poetic animated film Tonda, Slávka and the Magical Light, whose small heroes struggle with the darkness of relationships inside an old apartment building.
The trio of main candidates is complemented by the historical detective Úsvit, which bet on the fashionable topic of intersexuality. As for the actors, for example, Karel Roden and David Prachar or Regina Rázlová and Eliška Křenková face each other against the unreal Simona Peková as a “temporary” asylum seeker from the film Přišla v noci.
But even better than watching how she fares against better-known colleagues at the ceremony in Prague’s Archa Theater is to go to the cinema for Pekova’s life solo. Smaller theaters throughout the country are still playing the film, which should last until a similar battle for the March Czech Lion.