Vera Chytilová (1929-2014), a director at the forefront of the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 85. Her most well-known and well-regarded feature film, Daisies (1966), was shown in retrospective at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the summer of 2012. Chytilová was also known for her films Something Different (1963), the omnibus Pearls of the Deep (1966), Fruit of Paradise (1970), Panelstory (1980), Wolf’s Hole (1987), A Hoof Here, a Hoof There (1989), The Inheritance (1993), Traps (1998), Flights and Falls (2000) and Expulsion from Paradise (2001), among others.
As I have written about before, there are so few women directors compared to the number of men, something which I hope will change with time. Vera Chytilová has secured her place in film history, but there is a lot of room left for more female voices in cinema, especially those who are as interested in exploring the avant-garde as Chytilová was.