My Sweet Little Village (1986): Jiri (Closely Watched Trains) Menzel’s Oscar Nominee

Czechoslovakia

The great Czech director Jiri Menzel, best known for “Closely Watched Trains,” which won the 1967 Best Foreign Language Oscar, scored another Oscar nomination for “My Sweet Little Village,” a serio-comic, charming chronicle, perhaps too episodic account of the daily life of a small village.

As always Menzel treats his material with humanistic wit and whimsy.

Oscar Nominations:

Best Foreign-Language Film

Oscar Award: None

 Oscar Context:

The other nominees in 1986 were The Assault from Holland, which won, “Betty Blue” from France, “The Decline of the American Empire” from Canada, “38” from Austria.