Petr Zelenka (born 21 August 1967 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is an award-winning Czech playwright and director of theatre and film. His films have been recognized at international festivals in Moscow and Rotterdam. In 2008, his film was the Czech Republic's official Karamazovi Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
An early notable work is a black comedy,
(2004) ( Tales of Common Insanity Czech: ), which he directed at Příběhy obyčejného šílenství Dejvické divadlo. He received the Alfréd Radok Award for Best Play. The play was later staged in other Czech theatres as well as in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Germany. It was also published in English and translated to Russian.
In 2005 Zelenka adapted the comedy as a film, released as
, which won two movie festival awards in 2006 and was nominated for six other awards. His second most notable play is Wrong Side Up Teremin, inspired by the life of Russian inventor Léon Theremin.
His 2008 film,
, was the Czech Republic's official Karamazovi Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
His 2010 election advertisement "Přemluv bábu a dědu" caused controversy as critics believed it was offensive against elder people
and "an imperfect copy of [1 ] Sarah Silverman's stand-up video." [2 ]
Selected films [ edit ]
(screenplay and direction) Karamazovi 2005 -
(Příběhy obyčejného šílenství, screenplay and direction), received the Critics Award at the Wrong Side Up 27th Moscow International Film Festival and the Don Quixote Award at [3 ] Cottbus 2002 –
(Rok ďábla, screenplay and direction), FIPRESCI Prize at the Cottbus IFF, six Czech Lion Awards including Best film and Best director, Prize Trieste at Year of The Devil Trieste film festival 2000 –
(Samotáři, co-author of screenplay) Loners 1997 –
(Knoflíkáři, screenplay and direction), winner of a Tiger award at the Buttoners Rotterdam IFF 1996 –
(screenplay and direction), won several awards at the film festivals in Cottbus, Mňága – Happy End Plzeň and České Budějovice [4 ]
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