Film about the Mašín brothers will compete for the Oscar News

The Czech Film and Television Academy (ČFTA) will send the film directed by Tomáš Mašín to the Oscar competition in the Best Foreign Film category Brothers. This play is the story of the Mašín brothers, who fled communist Czechoslovakia with weapons in hand. The film will premiere in Czech cinemas on October 26.

ČFTA, which is responsible for awarding the Czech Lion award, selected the academics from 12 Czech feature films and documentaries submitted by their producers. After the movie Brothers placed on the ballot in alphabetical order of the pictures Restore point, He has no secrets, Piargy And Dawn.

The Oscar nomination list of 15 foreign films will be published on December 21 this year, and the nominees on January 23, 2024. The 96th Academy Awards ceremony is planned for March 10, 2024.

Few topics in modern Czech history evoke as much emotion as the fate of the band of brothers Josef and Ctirad Mašín, who resisted the communist regime with weapons in hand in the early 1950s. The group tried to follow up the resistance activities of Lieutenant Colonel Josef Mašín, who was executed by the Nazis in 1942. They were responsible for the deaths of six people – in Czechoslovakia it was two SNB members and a cashier, in the GDR it was three policemen.

The film depicts the years of their lives and family after the Second World War until their escape in Germany. Five young men armed with guns, chased by thousands of soldiers, touch the limits of their fear and courage in fighting for their lives. The 30-day standoff will not last without losses on both sides. Only the two Mašín and their friend Milan Paumer finally managed to reach West Berlin. However, the Communists will take revenge on their families. Czech society is divided in its views on Mašíny. Some people have repeatedly demanded that they be given state awards, others have called them murderers.

The script was written by Marek Epstein, the main roles in the film were played by Oskar Hes, Jan Nedbal, Adam Ernest, Matyáš Řezníček, Antonín Mašek, Matěj Hádek and Tatiana Dyková Vilhelmová. In its premiere, the film will be shown 70 years after the escape of the Mašín brothers behind the Iron Curtain.

Director Tomáš Mašín is a distant relative of the Mašín brothers. In an interview with ČTK at this year’s Summer Film School, he said that the film is not a defense of them, but about the universal struggle of small people against a very large enemy. He also believes that this story can be understood by today’s young people. “At the time we weren’t making these people into Fast Arrows or Marble Heroes, but we saw that they were normal people who lived 70 years earlier, so that might appeal to the younger generation,” said the director.

The director has been preparing the film for approximately ten years. In the beginning there was a book by Ota Rambouska entitled Just don’t be afraid. In the first stage of preparation, he also collaborated with Jan Novák, author of a comprehensive novel about the Mašín brothers. So far so good. But in the end, he finished the film with producer Petr Bílek based on Mark Epstein’s script. The director also consulted with Josef Mašín on the story, whom he met several times. He also spoke to historians Petr Blažek and Jiří Padevět.

Tomáš Mašín is a film director, screenwriter and artist. It was his first feature film 3 seasons of hell, the film won three Czech Lions. A picture follows Wilson or six episodes of a TV series Professor T. Together with Terezá Kopáčová, he directed the TV series Protector, who was awarded the Czech Lion. He is also one of the famous directors in the field of advertising and, among other things, is one of the screenwriters of the film. Whisper. In early September, the film was released He has no secrets.

Last year, as an Oscar candidate for the Czech Republic, academics chose a film by director and screenwriter Petr Václav Il Boemo. So far, only two Czechoslovak films and one Czech film have won the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gold statue, in the 1960s. Shop at corse Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, two years later Trains are closely monitored Jiří Menzel and in 1996 Kolya Jan Sverak. Six other films made it into the nomination selection: The love of a blonde girl (1966) a My doll is on fire Milos Forman (1968), This village has a center Jiří Menzel (1986), Public school Jan Sverak (1991), We must help each other Jan Hřebejk (2000) and Gel Ondřej Trojana (2003).

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