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Golden Prague gilded the film Červená

Author: Czech Television

The highest Grand Prix award of this year’s Golden Prague was given to a documentary about an opera singer Soňa Červená.

  • Soňa Červená | Copyright: © Czech Television

    Soňa Červená © Czech Television

"Červená is a film about an amazing lady who started as a cabaret singer in Czechoslovakia and became an international star. As Carmen, her role of a lifetime, she died in fifty-six productions on five continents. Červená is also a film which brilliantly connects film archives about the 20th century Europe with emotional and sometimes humorous contrast between her warmth and traumatic situations she ended up in“, that is how the international jury consisting of representatives from Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Finland and Slovenia explains the choice.

The artist took the Moser glass factory prize over in person together with the director Olga Sommerová at the final festival night on Saturday. “Olga did not actually create a film about Soňa Červená, she created a film about the 20th century and about all life stories which were as squeezed as me. The difference was that I had the will to leave”, explains Soňa Červená. Olga Sommerová adds: “She had been erased from the nation’s awareness for thirteen years, because she went abroad to find freedom as many other emigrants. I felt it was my duty to make a feature film about her."

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