‘Little’ helmer Svankmajer draws Czech honor

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Filmmaker Jan Svankmajer received an honorary doctorate from Prague’s Fine Arts Faculty on May 16.

Michal Bregant, the dean of Prague’s FAMU film school, recounted Svankmajer’s career highlights as he evolved from puppeteer to animator to surrealist film auteur. His most recent achievement, “Little Otik,” combined all three elements to earn a surprise film prize at last year’s Czech Lion awards.

The honor, previously bestowed upon a small coterie of internationally acclaimed artists including playwright (and recently retired Czech president) Vaclav Havel, helmer Milos Forman and choreographer Jiri Kylian, was presented in Lichtenstein Palace.

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