Petr Václav (b. 1967, Prague) is considered one of the most talented filmmakers of Czech post-revolution cinema. He graduated in documentary filmmaking from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). Of his student films, the documentary Madame Le Murie (1993) received the highest praise, and he followed it up with two installments for the Czech TV short doc series “The Eye.” His feature debut Marian (1996) took the Silver Leopard at the Locarno IFF; the Rotterdam festival screened the story showcase Praha Stories (1999), to which he contributed. Parallel Worlds (2001), his second feature, also screened at a variety of festivals. The director’s penultimate picture The Way Out (2014) took seven Czech Lions and was presented at Cannes. While at the Berlinale, We Are Never Alone (2016) won the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury Award, sponsored by the German daily. Petr Václav has lived in France since 2003.
Source: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016