Oscar-winning Czech director Jiri Menzel has died aged 82 after battling severe well being points, his spouse says.
Menzel gained an Academy Award in 1968 for greatest international language movie for World Battle Two drama Intently Watched Trains.
He was one of many main figures within the Czech New Wave cinema in the course of the 1960s alongside One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest director Milos Forman.
Menzel was hardly ever seen in public after mind surgical procedure in 2017. He died on Saturday, his spouse Olga Menzelova stated.
“Dearest Jirka, I thanks for every and single day I may spend with you. Every was extraordinary. I’m additionally grateful to you for the final three years, as laborious as they have been,” she wrote on Fb.
Menzel studied movie manufacturing in Prague, graduating in 1962.
His first characteristic movie Intently Watched Trains was based mostly on a novel by Bohumil Hrabal. Following the movie’s Oscar win, Menzel collaborated with the novelist quite a few instances.
Reflecting on the Academy Award win, Menzel stated in 2006 that he “had extra luck than cause”.
“Greater than all of the prizes and medals I obtained for this film, I valued the lifelong friendship with Hrabal.”
In 1969, he fell foul of the Communist authorities which banned his movie Larks on a String, one other adaptation of a Hrabal novel. The movie instructed the story of characters pressured to work in a re-education camp.
It was finally launched in 1990 after the autumn of the federal government and went on to win an award on the Berlin Worldwide Movie Competition that yr.
In 1987, Menzel obtained a second Oscar nomination for his movie My Candy Little Village.
Apart from his directing work, Menzel additionally acted in some 80 movies and labored as a theatre director.
His final movie efficiency was in 2018’s The Interpreter which instructed the story of a person who seeks revenge on the previous SS soldier who killed his dad and mom.
- Czech Republic