Oscars: Czech Republic Selects 'Winter Flies' for Foreign-Language Category

Winter Flies Still 1 - Publicity - H 2018
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Olmo Omerzu's road trip movie picked up the best director honor at this year's Karlovy Vary film festival.

The Czech Republic has selected Všechno bude (Winter Flies), directed by Olmo Omerzu, for best foreign-language film for the Oscars.

The road movie is focused on two youngsters, mischievously self-assured Mara and somewhat eccentric Hedus who set out on a car trip into the frozen wastes in search of adventure.

Co-produced by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland, the film premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where Omerzu collected the best director's award. It was subsequently screened at Transatlantyk Festival in Lodz, Poland and opened theatrically in the Czech Republic on September 6.

Winter Flies is the third feature by Omerzu, a native of Slovenia. Both of his previous features were also co-produced by the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

The Czech Republic has submitted a film to the Oscars every year since its separation from Slovakia in January 1993.

In 1996, Jan Sverak's Kolya won an Academy Award in the best foreign-language category.

Jan Hrebejk's Musíme si pomahat (Divided We Fall) and Ondrej Trojan's Zelary were nominated in 2000 and 2003, respectively.