John Cleese to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo
by Vladan Petkovic
- The legendary member of Monty Python's Flying Circus will enjoy a special screening of A Fish Called Wanda
Living legend of comedy John Cleese will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his extraordinary contribution to the art of film at the 23rd edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
After the awards ceremony, the Sarajevo Film Festival audience will have the opportunity to see one of his most famous performances as part of the Open Air programme, A Fish Called Wanda, which Cleese also wrote and co-directed with Charles Chricton in 1988.
Cleese is best known as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, with whom, in addition to one of the most beloved and frequently quoted TV series in history, he made the cult movies Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Cleese starred in numerous films and is a prominent voice actor in video games and audio books; he was also the star of the popular TV series Fawlty Towers in 1975 and 1979.
In addition to his comedic activities, he was a co-founder of the management and sales training-video company Video Arts with Sir Antony Jay. Over a period of 20 years, Video Arts made over 120 training videos, and it was the largest firm of its kind outside the United States.
Cleese was also a co-author, along with eminent psychiatrist Dr Robin Skynner, of two books: Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It. These books, which explored psychology, psychiatry and their application to the wider world, both became best-sellers.
Currently he is a Provost Professor at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
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