An original radio drama, adaptation or dramatisation made in the Czech Republic, with a maximum duration of 60 minutes, broadcast by a Czech broadcasting entity between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.
The following prizes will be presented:
1st prize of Prix Bohemia Radio
2nd prize of Prix Bohemia Radio
3rd prize of Prix Bohemia Radio
Eighteen pieces were submitted in the Drama category and an expert jury selected the following finalists.
1. A Wizard of Earthsea
Krahujec, the son of a simple blacksmith from the island of Gont, is born with the gift of an extraordinary talent for magic. However, his path to true wisdom is filled with obstacles and onerous tests. Out of hubris and anger, as a young student at wizardry school, Krahujec releases into the world the dark Shadow, who hounds him and threatens the whole of Earthsea. Who is his mysterious adversary in reality, and how can he stop him?
2. FAHRENHEIT 451
A vision of the future in which owning books is banned. One of the most famous sci-fi stories as a radio play. When the novel Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953 it was regarded as a critical reaction to the political situation in the US at the time, McCarthyism and the Cold War. Meanwhile, passages describing the workings of a totalitarian regime resonated most with readers behind the Iron Curtain. However, every publication shows that the parable of a society in which books – and with them cultural history and free thinking – have been banished is timeless. It also applies today, when the majority of Bradbury’s technologies of the future have become the commonplaces of the present.
3. The Half-Time of the Vertical (The Temptation of Saint Nobody)
Half of the Vertical is a radio composition of music, word and sound performed live in the southern tower of Olomouc’s Cathedral of St. Wenceslas, the second highest church tower in the Czech Republic. Subtitled The Temptation of St. Nobody, it follows the rise, missteps and fall of the mankind, city and culture in the midst of which we are now stumbling about. What of this mess can we designate “Christian values”? What meaning and depth does spiritual life have today? And what height?
4. Fatherland – part one
How would Europe have looked in 1964 if Nazi Germany had won World War Two? The British writer and journalist Robert Harris imagined such a scenario in his most famous novel Fatherland. Harris’s fictional Great German Reich stretches from the Atlantic to the Urals and is still ruled by Adolf Hitler, whose 75th birthday is fast approaching. Nothing can disturb the grand celebrations. Not least the corpse of a man floating in a Berlin lake just days before the start of Führertag.
5. PepiK Knedlik (Torture Dreams)
What happens when money loses all value? How do the inhabitants of a small South Bohemian village react to such a development? And what direction do their lives take when a helicopter with Charlemagne’s troops lands? This comedic story, in large part narrated by the main character, takes places in a dream. The playwright uses it to comment on contemporary events, delivering a reflection on the world we live in. As usual, the author is provocative and acerbic and introduces the listener to a number of bizarre characters.