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Slovak wins Golden Lily

SLOVAK film director Martin Šulík received the main Golden Lily award for a Czech documentary at the International Film Festival for Central and Eastern Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany, at the beginning of April.

The film Key to the Definition of Dwarfs or the Last Journey of Lemuel Gulliver is about Czech new wave film director Pavel Juráček. Through Juráček's life Šulík portrayed the fate of Czechoslovakia's new wave generation. Juráček was one of a few people whom the communist regime did not break after the Prague Spring events of 1968 and the subsequent period of "normalisation".

Although Juráček has worked with renowned Czech moviemakers like Miloš Forman and Věra Chytilová, he is not well known today. When he was fired from the Czechoslovak film studios Barrandov, he went to Germany but did not achieve much success there. At the end of the 1980s he returned to Slovakia, where he died in May 1989, a few months before the Velvet Revolution ousted the communist regime.

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