Ice Mother

Bohdan Sláma's tragicomedy about how it is never too late to find love and one's own self-confidence, awarded six Czech Lions and two Czech Film Critics Awards.

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Czechia 2017
105 min.
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Is it possible to break out of one’s routine and head in a new direction later on in life? Sixty-year-old Hana is unexpectedly given the impulse to do just that when she meets contemporary Broňa, who encourages her to take up physical conditioning. This puts the wind up Hana’s grown-up sons, who have been brazenly abusing her generosity. The prospect of a new romance with a hardy nonconformist, who arrives at a family lunch with a hen friend called Adele, finally goads Hana into changing the established order… In his new tragicomedy director Bohdan Sláma abandons the socially marginalised protagonists from previous films such as Something Like Happiness and Four Suns, he nevertheless continues to examine familiar themes – broken family relationships, the quest for love and happiness, and the characters’ ability to transform their lives. The director likewise seeks to create parallel emotional bonds as the family structures change during the course of the film. Broňa, for example, becomes a father figure to Hana’s introverted grandson Ivánek, here accurately portrayed by young newcomer Daniel Vízek. On the occasion of its premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York the film was awarded Best Screenplay.

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Credits
Director: Bohdan Sláma
Screenplay: Bohdan Sláma
Cinematography: Diviš Marek
Editing: Jan Daňhel
Production Design: Jan Vlasák
Producer: Pavel Strnad, Petr Oukropec
Cast: Zuzana Kronerová, Pavel Nový, Daniel Vízek, Václav Neužil ml., Marek Daniel, Tatiana Dyková, Petra Špalková, Alena Mihulová, Luboš Veselý
Awards

Tribeca Film Festival

2017 – Bohdan Sláma (Best Screenplay for an International Narrative Feature)

Czech Film Critic Awards

2017 – Bohdan Sláma (Best Screenplay)

Czech Film Critic Awards

2017 – Zuzana Kronerová (Best Actress)

Czech Lions

2017 – Pavel Strnad, Petr Oukropec (Best Film)

Czech Lions

2017 – Bohdan Sláma (Best Director)

Czech Lions

2017 – Zuzana Kronerová (Best Actress)

Czech Lions

2017 – Pavel Nový (Best Actor)

Czech Lions

2017 – Petra Špalková (Best Supporting Actress)

Czech Lions

2017 – Bohdan Sláma (Best Screenplay)

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