Czech director Vera Chytilova has passed away at the age of 85. The filmmaker died in Prague, Czech Republic on 12 March (14) after a long battle with illness.
Chytilova began her career in 1963, and is best known for her controversial 1966 new wave film Sedmikrasky (Daisies), which was criticised for its unsympathetic characters, abrupt visual style and incoherent narrative.
Dubbed "the first lady of Czech cinema", Chytilova was banned from making films in the late 1960s by the Czechoslovak government, and began directing commercials under her cinematographer husband's name, Jaroslav Kucera.
She picked up her film career again under a state-run production company in the mid-1970s. Her last movie, Pleasant Moments, was released in 2006.