20th Titanic International Filmfestival

CZECH DIRECTOR JIRÍ MENZEL TO PRESIDE OVER THE MONTREAL JURY

This year's Head of Jury at Titanic will be the President at Montreal Film Festival between 22 August and 2 September.


Czech director Jirí Menzel was 28 when he made his debut feature, Closely Watched Trains, one of the key films of the Czech New Wave. It went on to win the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1968, the first of many awards he has collected in his remarkable career. Menzel's vision combined a devotion to the poetry of the commonplace with his own special brand of slapstick and satire, a vision that he has maintained in his current film The Don Juans, showing at this year’s Montreal World Film Festival.

Menzel followed that early success with other wry comedies, including Capricious Summer(1967) and Larks on a String, which was filmed in 1969 but banned by the Czech government. Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation. It was finally released in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime, and the film went on to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Menzel was nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Foreign Language Film again in 1986 with his dark comedy My Sweet Little Village (Special Jury Prize winner at the MWFF). Among his many other works: Altered Landscapes (1974), The Wonderful Men With a Crank (1978),Short Cut (1981), The Snowdrop Festival (1984), The End of Old Times (1989, Best Direction award at the MWFF), The Beggar’s Opera (1991) and I Served the King of England (2006).

Source: filmfestivals.com


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