The oscar winning Czech director died at the age of 82 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. His wife , Olga took to social media and shared the sad news, It was our utmost honor and privilege that we could be with you on your last pilgrimage to eternity,Your love for me, and for our girls was the kind of love that never lays down conditions.” She added, “I am also grateful to you for the last three years, as hard as they were. You kept always helping me with your courage, with your appetite and your will to live, and with your humor. I wish for you “a pretty little cloud” as you often used to say… Death cannot end anything. I believe we will meet again, in whatever way. It simply must be so because I feel it cannot be otherwise. I caress you. We love you, from the bottom of our hearts, and forever.”
He was a member of the Czech New Wave movement and became popu;lar with his first feature film Closely Watched Trains in 1967 . The film gained critical acclaim and accolades and also made him win Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film . Though his 1969 film, Larks on a string was banned by the Czechoslovakian government but later debuted in 1990 and premiered at the 40th Berlin International Film festival and ended up winning Golden Bear.
His 1987 , dark comedy film My sweet Village was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He also became a member of the jury of the 37th Berlin International Film Festival as well as Jury Member of the 16th and 19th Moscow International Film Festival. He also received IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.