Petr Zelenkawas the big winner at this year's Czech academy awards, taking home three Lions for his film The Karamazovs at the March 7 ceremony. In addition to winning Best Film and Best Director, the adaptation of Dostoevsky's play was also named Best Feature by Czech film critics.
The Karamazovs was the Czech Republic's submission for Best Foreign-Language Film in this year's Oscar race. The film saw its world premier at Karlovy Vary, where it received a Special Mention and the FIPRESCI award.
Venice competition title A Country Teacher won two Lions: one for its director, Bohdan Slama, for best Screenplay and a second for Zuzana Bydzovska for best Actress.
Best actor went to Karel Roden for his role in Guard No. 47, which also won best editing.
The prize for best documentary went to Citizen Havel. Juraj Herz received an award for his lifetime contribution to Czech film.
Of 26 titles eligible for the annual awards, nine were nominated and six collected all the trophies.
2008 Czech Lions, selected awards
Best film: The Karamazovs (dir. Petr Zelenka)
Best director: Petr Zelenka for The Karamazovs
Best screenplay: Bohdan Slama for A Country Teacher (dir. Bohdan Slama)
Best actor: Karel Roden for Guard No. 47 (dir. Filip Renc)
Best actress: Zuzana Bydzovska for A Country Teacher
Best documentary: Citizen Havel (dir. Pavel Koutecky, Miroslav Janek)
Best cinematography: Vladimir Smutny for Tobruk (dir. Vaclav Marhoul)
Best editing: Jan Mattlach for Guard No. 47
Best score: Richard Horowitz and Sussan Deyhim for Tobruk
Best sound: Pavel Rejholec and Jakub Cech for Tobruk
Film Critics' Award for best feature: The Karamazovs
Film Critics' Award for best documentary: Citizen Havel
Best foreign film: No Country For Old Men (dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)