Ivan Passer, Czech director and screenwriter, key figure in the Czech new wave, has died aged 86.

Passer was a close friend and collaborator of the famous Czech filmmaker Milos Forman. He collaborated on Forman’s films including Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. Passer’s most famous feature was the 1965 film Intimate Lighting.

After moving to the U.S., Passer began making films with some of the top actors of the era. Perhaps his most well-known film was the 1981 Cutter’s Way, a noir drama starring John Heard as a wounded veteran and Jeff Bridges as his friend who helps him try to solve a murder.

We say goodbye to a great filmmaker and a great man.