Landing on Netflix in October 2022, Edward Berger’s All Quiet on the Western Front went on to become one of the most talked about (and most-awarded) films of the year…
Set during World War I, it follows the life of young German soldier Paul Bäumer, who, after enlisting in the German Army with his friends, finds himself exposed to the realities of war. Amongst the film’s numerous accolades, it received a leading 14 nominations at the 76th BAFTA Awards (winning seven, including Best Sound), and nine at the 95th Academy Awards (including a nomination for Best Sound) – taking home four golden statues on the night.
Production sound mixer Viktor Prášil collected his BAFTA for his efforts alongside Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel and Stefan Korte for All Quiet on the Western Front and for him, the film’s success is still sinking in.
“No one expected such success,” he admits, smiling. “It's a joy! It is unusual for a German film on Netflix to be so internationally acclaimed. I have a theory that you can tell during filming whether a film will be good or bad, but you never know how much,” he discloses.
“With All Quiet on the Western Front, I knew from the beginning that it would be a good film, but we never thought about such success while we were slogging through the mud!”