“I was daring enough to want to do what I wanted,” she said, “even if it was a mistake.”

February 2, 1929 - March 12, 2014

A leading lady in the Czech New Wave movement, actress, director, and screenwriter Věra Chytilová passed away at age 85. Chytilová was best known for her role in Sedmikrasky (Daisies).  Her feminist, avant-garde films helped define Czech New Wave and her art was so powerful that the Czech authorities censored her existing work and banned her from making any more for several years. Self described as “an overheated kettle that you can’t turn down,” the staunch Chytilová continued to speak out against the communist regime and eventually went on to direct more movies.

Here’s a link to the movie.