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A polished coming of age drama Fair Play by Andrea Sedlackova, summed up by The Hollywood Reporter’s review after its Karlovy Vary premiere last July as “Czech and drugs and rotten rogues” is the Czech Republic’s nomination for best foreign language Oscar.
The film, chosen by the Czech Film and Television Academy, is set in the early 1980s communist Czechoslovakia when an 18-year-old sprinter, Anna, is placed in a “specialized care” program by her trainers. Only later does she accidently find out the she is being doped.
Anna, played by Judit Bardos, refuses to take the anabolic steroids, but her mother — keen to ensure to competes in the Olympics and has the chance to emigrate — continues to give her drugs without her knowledge.
A Czech-Slovak-German coproduction, the film is produced by Prague’s Negativ Film with Intramovies SRL repping international sales.
In other Oscar news, Ukraine’s Oscar committee says its decision to nominate Oles Sanin’s The Guide will stand as all Academy Awards rules were observed in voting last week. The announcement follows a review prompted after complaints by the producers of a losing film, Miroslav Slabopishpitsky’s The Tribe.
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