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Czech wins Magnolia award for biography of Olympian

The Magnolia International Documentary Awards announced the winners of both the competition and 2013 MIDA Filmmaker Plan yesterday.

The award for Best Documentary 60 minutes and up went to "Vera 68," directed by Olga Sommerova from the Czech Republic.

The biographic documentary is about Vera Caslavska, a gymnast in 1960s who won seven gold and four silver Olympic Medals in Tokyo (1964) and Mexico City (1968).

"I'm honored with my film about the most famous Czechoslovak gymnast Vera Caslavska, a gymnast who has 'superpower,'" Sommerova said yesterday.

The Best Documentary below 60 minutes went to the Israeli film "Good Garbage," directed by Shosh Shlam and Ada Ushpiz.

The five MIDA Filmmaker Plan winners were "Daughters of the River," by Feng Yan; "The Story of Alxa People and their Camels," by Xiang Wang; "The Road that Leads to the Sky," by Zhang Zanbo; "Stories about Jiuqian," by Sun Yueling, and "Three Generations of Women Living in the Valley," by Ji Dan.


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