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Marlene Film Production

Marlene’s first film was The Storyteller (Pohádkář, 2014) by director Vladimír Michálek, which received 4 nominations for the Czech Lion and 1 nomination for the Czech Film Critics Award. Our next was Jiří Strach’s fairy tale Angel of the Lord 2 (Anděl Páně 2, 2016), had an astonishing 8.2 million viewers (of which 1.3 million in cinemas) and received 6 nominations for the Czech Lion. Our third, Charlatan was directed by the world-famous Polish director Agnieszka Holland, written by Marek Epstein (writer of Prague Spring) and had its world premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival in the prestigious Special Gala section in February 2020. It was selected as the Czech Academy film entry. In a brief release in August 2020, it got over 250 000 admissions and broke box office records. Since then, it has been released in France, Germany, the UK, Slovakia, Spain, Netherlands, and in the USA. It made it to the shortlist of the world’s fifteen best non-English language films nominated for the Oscar Academy Award 2021. As its producer, Sarka received the Czech Lion award for the best film of 2020 (the film won among others 3 Czech Lions out of 14 nominations and 2 Czech Film Critics Awards out of 5 nominations). 

Co-produced by Marlene Film Production, GREEN BORDER won the Special Jury Prize (2023) in Venice and has been screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide. The company is currently developing several other film projects, including The Magician with director Andrew Levitas and Prague Spring with director Peter Bebjak. At the end of 2023, producer Šárka Cimbalová and director Agnieszka Holland will start work on a new feature film Franz, inspired by the important figure of Czech and world literature, the writer Franz Kafka.

Šárka Cimbalová


Šárka is a film producer. She has been working in the film industry since 1990. She has worked for production companies focusing on foreign production in the Czech Republic Etamp Film and Etic Film - e.g. Hart's War, The Brothers Grimm, Oliver Twist, Harrison's Flowers, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, The Affair of the Necklace and Hannibal. In 2013, she co-founded the production company Marlene Film Production, which produced the film The Storyteller by Vladimír Michálek and Angel of the Lord 2 by Jiří Strach. In 2020, she launched the film Charlatan, directed by Agnieszka Holland. The film was shortlisted for the world's 15 best foreign language films nominated for an Oscar in 2021. As its producer, she and Kevan van Thompson took over Czech Lion Award for Best Film in 2020 (the film won 3 Czech Lion Awards out of 14 nominations and 2 Czech Film Critics’ Awards out of 5 nominations).