Oscars: Czech Republic Nominates 'Home Care' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy Karlovy Vary IFF
Still from 'Home Care'

Slavek Horak's award-winning film set in a Southern Moravian village blends drama and gentle humor.

Slavek Horak's award-winning film Home Care has beaten a field of 39 contenders to be chosen as the Czech Republic's nomination for best foreign Oscar.

The Czech Film and Television Academy, said it was chosen from a wide field of eligible features, animated films and documentaries.

Set in a Southern Moravian village, the film tells the story of a home care nurse who puts eveyone's needs above her own, learning that this attitude is not just selfless but also self-destructive.

Nurse, Vlasta (Alena Mihulova) is helped in on her path by the daughter of one of her patients (Tatiana Vihelmova) and her esoteric mentor (Zuzanna Kronerova).

The film, Horak's feature debut, screened in Karlovy Vary's main competition in July, where won best actress for Mihulova.

The film is produced by Tvorba Films in co-production with Czech Television.