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Petr Zelenka , born in 1967, studied Scriptwriting from 1986-1991 at the Prague Film School, FAMU. From June 1990 and March 1991, he worked as a script editor at the Barrandov Film Studios and for BBC-London on the 50-minute program Czech Mate. From 1990-1996, four of his original television screenplays were produced by Czech Television. His directorial debut Mnága-Happy End (1996) won an award at Cottbus in 1996 and The Golden Kingfisher at Pilsen and was shown in cinemas in Germany and Holland. Buttoners (1997), his second feature, has become a major Czech cult film of the decade, winning many local and international awards. Loners (2000), for which he contributed idea and script, is a box office hit in the Czech Republic and was recently awarded with the FIPRESCI Prize as well as the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Mannheim-Heidelberg.