Set over a two-decade period in a tiny Central European village, this drama not only chronicles a couple’s tragic star-crossed love Read More »
Tag Archives: Juraj Jakubisko
Sitting on a Branch, Enjoying Myself (1989) Juraj Jakubisko, Bolek Polívka, Ivan Drozdy, Judita Durdiaková
Two men fight to make a life for themselves — and eventually for the damaged woman they come to love. Read More »
A historic mega-film, one family saga, three generations (1887 -1917) assimilated to the bee community in the hive. Read More »
Build a House, Plant a Tree / Postav dom, zasad strom (1980) Juraj Jakubisko, Jana Brezinová, Ivan Drozdy, Pavel Nový, Drama
Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko resurfaces after a hiatus with this potent drama about Pavel (Josef Matus) an independent young man who defies the conventional wisdom. Read More »
Perinbaba / The Feather Fairy (1985) Juraj Jakubisko, Giulietta Masina, Petra Vancíková, Tobias Hoesl, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A fairy-tale about an old lady who takes care of snow and Jakub who does not fear death. Read More »
Vtáckovia, siroty a blázni / Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969) Juraj Jakubisko, Philippe Avron, Jirí Sýkora, Magda Vásáryová, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko is often described as the Fellini of Eastern Europe. After the 1968 film The Deserter and the Nomads, he was put in exile in Czechoslovakia after the soviet invasion. With cooperation from a Paris film studio he made this film. Birds Orphans and Fools is a brilliant, surreal and underrated tragic comedy that not many people seem to know about. The story is about three orphans who have lost their families in war.
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“Post Coitum” is a sex tragicomedy. There are five women and four men, who are very unsatisfied with life. They have casual sex which causes them to be more unhappy. All of the characters literally hook up and switch partners unknowingly. There’s an aged hippie photographer (Franco Nero), the sweet virgin, a prostitute, an egotistical record producer and his humble wife, a married couple, a rock star and other assortment of Felliniesque characters.”Post Coitum” is like an erotic slapstick version of “Magnolia”, as filmed by Fellini.
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Lepsie byt bohaty a zdravy ako chudobny a chory / It’s Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill (1992) Juraj Jakubisko, Deana Horváthová, Dagmar Havlová, Juraj Kukura, Comedy, Drama
In a tone of bitter comedy, the director portrays the confusion that ensued the fall of the Soviet bloc and the split of the former Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia into two independent states (the Czechs and Slovaks one side on the other), where some characters who thrived in mediocrity enrich suddenly taking advantage of the chaos. With his film, Jakubisko predicted growth of irrational nationalism in Eastern Europe and the dismantling of the Czechoslovak Federation.
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Kristove roky / Crucial Years (1967) Juraj Jakubisko, Jirí Sýkora, Jana Stehnová, Vlado Müller, Comedy, Drama
Juraj, a Slovak artist living in Prague, takes stock in hus life, realizing that his days pass without purpose. He lives a carefree life. But now he has to choose between two women, between the city and the country, and between creative work and craftsmanship. He has a passion for art but he also has to make a living. Through his relationships with close people, he grows aware of his position and this knowledge helps him to live a more fulfilling and better life.
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