Screenwriter Jiří Křižan dies at 68

Screenwriter Jiří Křižan died of a sudden heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 68. Mr Křižan wrote scripts for film and television for nearly fifty years, some of his best known works being ‘Stíny horkého léta’ (Shadows of a Hot Summer) and ‘Je třeba zabít Sekala’ (Sekal Has to Die), for which he was awarded the Czech Lion film prize in 1998. He was also a close friend and advisor to former president Václav Havel, and one of the authors of the Charter 77 movement’s list of demands from the Communist government, called Několik vět. He passed away near him hometown of Valašské Meziříči.