“Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided tells the unknown story of Leonard Bernstein. He is universally thought of as an outstanding conductor, charismatic TV presenter, and the creator of West Side Story. This intimate documentary is marked by Bernstein's ups and downs as a human, his search for recognition – often in vain – as a composer, and his partially tragic life. Bernstein's children Jamie, Nina and Alexander, in addition to many other witnesses, give us a deep insight into the disunity of this seminal genius,” explains the expert jury composed of representatives from Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Wales and Austria its decision.
The registered pieces nearly from 40 producers and television companies have also competed in two other important categories: Czech Crystal – Documentary Programmes Dedicated to Music, Dance and Theatre , which was awarded to an original Canadian musical document Dreaming of Jewish Christmas, which tells the story of a Jewish singing group. In the category Czech Crystal – Performing Arts, that covers musical and dance programmes including concert records, succeeded an award-winning dance theatre Betroffenheit, which is based on life experiences of actor Jonathon Young.
Several other special awards were given out during the ceremony. Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Award won the German picture Music and Power, which analysis distinct views on the political aspects of music. The Czech Television Prize was awarded to a German film about a well – known choreographer Nijinsky - A Ballet by John Neumeier. Special Mention for extraordinary Artistic Achievement went to the television adaptation of the chamber opera composed by Bohuslav Martinů What Men Live By.