Oscar-winning Czech film director, Jiri Menzel passed away. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on 23 February 1938. His 1st feature film, ‘Closely Watched Trains’ won an Academy Award (Oscars) for Best Foreign Language film in 1968.
- Menzel won the Czech Lion for lifetime artistic contribution and was honoured by the Karlovy Vary festival.
- He is a recipient of the Medal of Merit, the French Order of Arts and Literature and a score of other international awards.
- He was awarded an IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2013.