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Czech Director Jiri Menzel a main star of International Film Festival of India

Czech Director Jiri Menzel received the „Lifetime Achievement Award“ in the 44th International Film Festival of India.

Czech Director Jiri Menzel attended the opening ceremony of the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) where he has received the prestigious „Lifetime Achievement Award“ from the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari. .

The Czech filmmaker has received accolades for his dark comedies since his debut in 1966 with the seminal Czech New Wave film “Closely Watched Trains,” which won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Menzel’s 2013 film “The Don Juans,” on the romps of a regional troupe rehearsing Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni“, was the opening film of the festival. The film, which was inaugurated by Ambassador of the Czech Republic Miloslav Stašek, received a warm standing applause from Indian audience.

The work of director Jiri Menzel was introduced by Indian director Shivendra Singh Durganpur, who is currently shooting the documentary about Jiri Menzel which could be first screened in 2014 in Mumbai. Director Jiri Menzel was accompanied by his spouse Olga Menzelova, cameraman Jaromir Sofr and singer and actress Lucie Jurankova, one of the main stars of „Don Juans“ film.

Present at the inauguration ceremony were also Bollywood superstars Rekha, Kamal Haasan, Asha Bhonsle and world cinema starts like Susan Sarandon or Iranian director Majid Majidi,

Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman was conferred with the first Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year 2013.

IFFI is the most prestigious film festival in South Asia. 44th International Film Festival of India is held in Goa from November 20-30. This year, record number of 70 countries is participating at the festival, displaying more than 320 films from all around the world.

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Director Jiri Menzel at International Film Festival in India, 2013