Juraj Jakubisko (1938–2023) Slovakia / Czech Republic

Lifetime achievements

Juraj Jakubisko, legendary Slovak film director, screenwriter, cameraman and now head of the directing studio at the Miroslav Ondříček Film Academy in Písek, stands out for his typical manuscript full of allegory, fantasy and visionary imagery. He made his debut in 1967 with a film titled Christ’s Years. The elegy titled Deserters and Pilgrims and Birds, Orphans and Fools and the tragicomedy See You in Hell, Friends, were banned in the 1970s, and the genius of the film could only devote himself to documentary film-making. It wasn’t until 1979 that he made the feature film Build a House, Plant a Tree. The award-winning historical saga Millennium Bee was the culmination of his work in the 1980s. A fairy tale entitled Perinbaba can be boldly included in the European fund of European cinema. In the movies: I sit on a Branch and I Feel Good and It Is Better to Be Rich and Healthy than Poor and Sick, with the theme of the love triangle, he returns to his work from the 1960s. Since 1993 he has been living in Prague, where he made the films Unclear News about the End of the World, Post Coitum and the monumental Báthory epic. In 2013 he published the first volume of the autobiography Live Silver.

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