1 Mar 2004 00:00 - 24 Mar 2004 00:00
Juraj Jakubisko Retrospektive
For over 30 years Juraj Jakubisko has plundered Slovak folklore, song and dance to conjure a series of baroque, often absurd fables of love and death. This season looks at the best films by the "Fellini of the East".
Jakubisko's vision is enriched by childhood memories of life in Kojsov, a remote village on the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. Whilst being championed by Federico Fellini abroad, at home, in wake of the Prague Spring, Jakubisko was placed firmly on the top of President Husak's hit list, whose job it was to curb the relative freedem that accumulated under the reign of Alexander Dubcek.
For much of the 70s, Jakubisko was prevented from working. However, rather than move abroad he chose to stay in Czechoslovakia. Occasionally, Jakubisko would be assigned an innocuous documentary project to test whether or not his "mistaken art attitude" had been rehabilitated.
However, The Millennial Bee (1983), an epic Czechoslovak-German co-production, affirmed Jakubisko's status as one of the pioneers of magic-realist cinema.
Today, Jakubisko is widely regarded as the greatest Slovak film-maker of all time. This retrospective offers a belated opportunity to confront the bizzare, magical world of one of cinema's most original visionaries.
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 1 Mar 2004 00:00
To: 24 Mar 2004 00:00