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President of Iceland Awards Milos Forman

By Iceland Review

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson presented Czech director Milos Forman with the honorary award of the 2009 Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) during a special ceremony at the presidential residence Bessastadir on Sunday.

Milos Forman. Courtesy of RIFF.

Milos Forman is one of the world’s foremost directors. He’s one of only four living directors to have received two Academy Awards as Best Director (the others are Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg); he claimed them for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1985).

Both movies, along with The Firemen’s Ball (1967), are being screened at RIFF. Tomorrow evening at 8 pm Forman will attend a gala screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Háskólabíó cinema. The festival runs until September 27.

Forman revealed in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós yesterday that he had once planned to make a movie in Iceland on the chess duel between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky but that he had to cancel his plans because Fischer had proven too difficult to work with.

Click here to watch the interview on Kastljós.

Click here and here to read more about Forman’s presence at RIFF.

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