A Genius Divided won the ITF GOLDEN PRAGUE 2018
The highest prize Grand Prix Golden Prague goes to "Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided" and the EBU-IMZ Life Achievement Award went to Bruno Monsaingeon.
Leonard Bernstein - A Genius Divided won the ITF Golden Prague 2018 © Czech Television
ITF GP 2018 Jury - Elmar Kruse, Aleš Březina, Heidi Pruuli, Elen Rhys and Samantha Farber © Czech Television
ITF GP 2018 prize winners © Czech Television
“"A Genius Divided" tells the unknown story of Leonard Bernstein, who is universally thought of as an outstanding conductor, charismatic TV presenter, and the creator of "West Side Story". This intimate documentary is marked by Bernstein's ups and downs as a human, his search for recognition – often in vain – as a composer, and his partially tragic life. Bernstein's children Jamie, Nina and Alexander, in addition to many other witnesses, give us a deep insight into the disunity of this seminal genius,” explains the expert jury its decision.
The registered pieces nearly from 40 producers and television companies have also competed in two other important categories: Czech Crystal – Documentary Programmes Dedicated to Music, Dance and Theatre , which was awarded to an original Canadian musical documentary "Dreaming of Jewish Christmas", which tells the story of a Jewish singing group. In the category Czech Crystal – Performing Arts, that covers musical and dance programmes including concert records, the award-winning dance theatre "Betroffenheit", which is based on life experiences of actor Jonathon Young, succeeded.
Several other special awards were given out during the ceremony. Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Award was won by the German picture Music and Power, which analyses distinct views on the political aspects of music. The Czech Television Prize was awarded to a German film about a well–known choreographer, "Nijinsky - A Ballet by John Neumeier". Special Mention for extraordinary Artistic Achievement went to the chamber opera composed by Bohuslav Martinů "What men live by".
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