Film director Jiří Menzel in critical condition following emergency surgery

Acclaimed Czech film director Jiří Menzel is in critical condition in hospital in Prague's Střešovice according to commercial broadcaster TV Nova. According to the weekly Týden, the 79-year-old underwent an emergency brain operation lasting six hours and is now in an induced coma. His family has not commented on his condition.

Mr Menzel is one of the best-known directors to come out of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s. He won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1968 for Closely Watched Trains.

Author: Jan Velinger