EFA Mourns Milos Forman and Vittorio Taviani

Milos Forman (left) and Vittorio Taviani

European cinema has lost two great filmmakers and the European Film Academy has lost two dear friends: Milos Forman and Vittorio Taviani.

In 1997, Miloš Forman received the EFA's honorary European Achievement in World Cinema award for THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT. He created films that will never be forgotten and received virtually every award there is, among them an Oscar for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975), a BAFTA for AMADEUS (1986), a Berlin Silver Bear for MAN ON THE MOON (1999), the Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury for TAKING OFF (1971) and an Italian David di Donatello award for HAIR (1979).

Miloš Forman passed away on Friday. He was 86.

Vittorio Taviani was one of the founding members of the European Film Academy. During a career that spans over six decades, he and his brother Paolo have created Italian cinema masterpieces. They have won the New Cinema Award in Venive for A MAN FOR BURNING (1962), the Palme d'Or in Cannes for PADRE PADRONE (1977), a Career Golden Lion (1986) and a Golden Bear in Berlin for CESAR MUST DIE (2012), which was also nominated for the EFAs.

Vittorio Taviani died on Sunday at the age of 88.