Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko in a photo from July 5, 2019.
Bratislava/Prague – Slovakian director Juraj Jakubisko died at the age of 84. His daughter Janette Jakubisková confirmed this to the Slovak station RTVS. Jakubisko was one of the most famous Slovak creators and was nicknamed the “Fellini of the East”. During his career, he made several dozen feature films and documentaries. His best-known works include The Thousand-Year-Old Bee, Perinbaba, The Obscure Report on the End of the World and the feature film Bathory.
According to his daughter's statement to the RTVS station, Jakubisko died late on Friday evening in Prague, where he had lived for a long time.
The Prague FAMU graduate made her debut with her first feature film, The Years of Christ, in 1967. The films Runaways and Pilgrims, Vtáčkovia, orphans and fools and See you in hell, friends, full of poetry, metaphors and symbols, with which he returned to his native eastern Slovakian landscape and to the people there , the standardizers in communist Czechoslovakia banned. Jakubisko, who originally wanted to be an artist and cameraman, could only shoot documentaries. He did not return to cinema screens until 1979 with the film Build a House, Plant a Tree, and a year later he made the famous three-part TV film Infidelity in Slovak.
In the 1990s, he made the films It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick and Unclear report about the end of the world, which was screened at more than 60 festivals around the world and won four Czech Lions, then Post coitum (with Frank Nero), which was not very well received by critics. which, with a budget of about 350 million crowns, was one of the most expensive films in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, won Jakubisko the Czech Lion for best artistic achievement, the film became the most successful film of 2008 among audiences.
In five decades, Jakubisko his long career earned him numerous awards – the title of the best Slovak director of the 20th century or the Czech Lion for his long-term artistic contribution to cinematography. He also left an interesting mark in visual arts.