The Czech Film and Television Academy (ČFTA) has announced that “Home Care” (Domácí péce) by Slávek Horák as the country’s official Oscar submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film was selected from 39 features including documentaries and animated works.
“Home Care” is Horák’s debut feature. The filmmaker’s only other major credit is as 2nd AD in Jan Sverák‘s “Kolya,” which coincidentally is the country’s only film to ever win the Academy Award after the split of Czechoslovakia. “Home Care” screened at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where it won the Best Actress award for Alena Mihulová.
Centered on a devoted home care nurse whose existence revolves around those that rely on her, the film points out that even the strongest of people need to be cared for. This drama, which is said to have comedic undertones, beat other strong contenders such as Jan Prusinovský‘s “The Snake Brothers,” the film that took home the Best Actor award at Karlovy Vary.
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