Petr Vaclav was born on 11 June 1967 in Prague, Czech republic. He graduated Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in the early 1990’s and has since worked as a director and a screenwriter. His feature film Marian (1996) explored the childhood tale of a young Czech gipsy growing up between prison and social services. The film won the Silver Leopard at Locarno and the Fipresci award, among other prizes. His next feature film, Les Mondes Parallèles, written with Marie Desplechin won Best Czech Film of the Year. The Way Out, his third feature film, won seven Czech Lion Awards in 2015, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, and Best Actress.
Petr Vaclav is currently finishing the post-production of his 4th film, We Are Never Alone (shot in Czech Republic) and of his 5th film, Skokan (shot in France and Italy).