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Iva Svarcová was born in the Czech Republic and emigrated to Germany. After language studies in Munich and Madrid, she studied at the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin (dffb) under István Szabó and Wim Wenders. Active as a writer and director, a selection of her films include: Viola (1986) which opened the Video Screenings at Berlin in 1987, With Love Rita (1988) - opening film and winner of the VHS Prize at Mannheim/Heidelberg in 1988, Die Frau seines Lebens (1990) - her graduation film from the dffb and winner of a German Short Film Award in 1991, Mulo (1992/1993) - winner of the Prix Futura in 1993, and Blick durchs Fenster (1994) - winner of the Golden Gate Award at San Francisco in 1995. When Grandpa Loved Rita Hayworth (Als Grossvater Rita Hayworth liebte, 2000) is her first feature film.