Film historian and author Pavel Jiras presented an intimate view of director František Vláčil’s life and work at the Czech Embassy on October 4, 6:30 pm. The evening included the opening of the stunning black and white photography exhibition František Vláčil’s Studio, featuring production stills from Vláčil’s film Marketa Lazarová. Pavel Jiras used easels and a large piano to set-up a studio atmosphere and bring about the spirit of Vláčil’s personal studio to the Embassy's main hall. During the opening, the public also viewed a short documentary about the renowned director. After the screening, Pavel Jiras, who knew Vláčil personally, provided intriguing information about the director himself, with Cultural Counselor Barbara Karpetová offering her insight into the director's work.