Country: Czech Republic
Zkáza Krásou / Doomed Beauty
Lída Baarová, a beautiful talented Czech actress, became the biggest movie star of Czechoslovakia and Germany before and during the Second World War. She conquered many hearts, even the most feared man of his time – Joseph Goebbels. However, the relationship with the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany made her immediately the enemy of Czech people and national symbol of collaborationism.
The documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková met with Baarová at the end of her life in her foreign exile Salzburg, Austria she took an open dramatic confession of once loved, and then condemned star.
The Jury found this unknown story moving and outstanding, and was impressed by the fine editing of unique archival footage from various European archives: news reels, propaganda & cinema, which intriguingly completes the emotional testimony of this aging film star. Illustrating the contemporary atmosphere of this thrilling story and reflecting the troubled history of the 20th century.