Oscar-winning Czech director Jiri Menzel dies at 82

Jiri Menzel

On Saturday, Jiri Menzel(director) dies at the age of 82, and according to the sources, he was going through a lot of health problems. The legendary Oscar-winning director died in Prague. After his brain surgery in 2017, he hardly has seen outside.


His wife Olga Menzelova posted on Facebook that she very grateful for every single day she has spent with him, and each day was extraordinary. She also told that Jori Died at home.


Jiri was an influential director and won many awards for his film. His work is still appreciated. He also brings the new wave of film making.

Jiri Menzel’s work

If we start talking about his best work, then there is no end to it. He worked for almost four decades and completed nearly 40 projects. Most of his films depicting harsh social realities with dark and often absurd humor. He studied film direction in Prague and graduated to become one.

In 1967, Jiri Menzel won the best foreign-language film Academy Award. The film was based on a novel by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal and following the Oscar win. The film was very famous Closely Watched Trains.

After a few years of his first release, he released another movie, Larks on a String, but the communist government banned this movie. Larks on a String won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.


Menzel’s films include Seclusion Near a Forest, Those Wonderful Movie Cranks, and Cutting It Short. The hugely popular comedy My sweet little village chronicled life in a town through the prism of the mentally challenged Otik (Janos Ban) and was nominated for the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

He also played around 80 roles in films and television. He was a very prolific theatre director, writer, and actor. She was also honored by the French title of Knight of Arts and Letters.

Jiri Menzel also received the lifetime achievement awards at the International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2013 and the International Film Festival of Kerala in 2016.

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