EFA Mourns Jiří Menzel

European cinema has lost a great filmmaker and the European Film Academy has lost a dear friend: Jiří Menzel.

Born in Prague, the actor and director studied at the famous FAMU film school and became one of the main figures in the Czech Nouvelle Vague.

He shot to international recognition in 1968 when first feature film, CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, won the foreign-language Oscar.

In 1981, his competition title CUTTING IT SHORT received a special mention in Venice for its "humor, taste and optimistic vitality".

Jiří Menzel was was one of the EFA founding members. His LARKS ON A STRING won a Golden Bear in Berlin in 1990.

He received a Czech Lion Award in 1997 for Artistic Achievement and again in 2007 for Best Director with I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND.

In 2003, the Karlovy Vary IFF honoured Jiří Menzel with a Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema

Jiří Menzel passed away on 5 September. He was 82. We will miss him.