The Prix Bohemia Radio competition show knows its winners. During the closing ceremony of the 38th edition of the festival, organized by Czech Radio in Olomouc, the expert jury announced the three best entries in each category. The ceremony took place on Thursday 13 October at Fort Science, the interactive science center of Palacký University in Olomouc. The traditional categories of Documentary, News Report and Drama were joined this year by the new Podcast category.
The winning works in the Documentary section present important societal issues – the spread of misinformation, the use of marijuana by minors and the system of care for children at risk. The first and second prize in the international News Report category both provide testimony about the protests in Belarus, and the jury also praised the third place powerful and complex medical story about a complicated birth. In the Drama category, the jury rewarded works offering deep insight into the psychological state of the main characters. In the new Podcast category, entries presenting topical issues and with a strong social impact became winners.
The winners in the Drama category are:
1, Burning, author: Sudabeh Mohafez, radio adaptation: Matěj Samec, director: Natálie Deáková, dramaturg: Lenka Veverková, music/sound design: Jakub Kudláč/Martin Kuhn, sound and technical design: Dominik Budil
Sudabeh Mohafez is a German author born in Tehran, Iran. She is the author of narratives, novels, poems, portraits, and theatre plays. Burningis a story of a successful music producer Mané. Her apartment burns down and she only survives by a miracle. As a result, her mental state starts to deteriorate steadily. A deeply buried past slowly emerges to the surface. The psychological thriller tells a suggestive story about a woman for whom music was once everything.
2, Uneasy, author: Klára Vlasáková, director: Natálie Deáková, dramaturg: Kateřina Rathouská, music/sound design: Ondřej Gášek aka Aleff, sound and technical design: Ondřej Gášek and Dominik Budil
Klára Vlasáková is a Czech writer, screenwriter, dramaturg and columnist. Uneasytells a disturbing story of Petra, student who makes an extra money as a taxi driver which is how she gets to know slightly older Šimon. They fall in love forming an ideal couple. Soon after they move together a spiral of strange, unexplicable situations begins. Uneasyis a podcast series about a relationship gone too far. About strange sounds that you can't get out of your head. And about the night that changes everything.
3, Silent Night, author: Paul Plamper, translation: Jana Slouková, director: Aleš Vrzák, dramaturg: Klára Novotná, music/sound design: Jan Trojan, sound and technical realization: Tomáš Pernický
Paul Plamper is a German playwright, author of radio plays and director. Playwright Paul Plamper offers in his play Silent Nighta unique probe into the Christmas Eve celebrations of one family. Neither a celebratory dinner nor a feast under a lighted tree represent a fulfilled, joyful sharing - on the contrary, it is as if the exceptionality of the festive moment intensifies mutual dissonance and the inability to get closer to one another.
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