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Juraj Jakubisko (b. 30 April 1938, Kojšov, Slovakia) is a Slovak film director. In his movies he managed to catch life's most beautiful colors, unhinge the poetry behind the ordinary and to be ahead of his time without forgetting his roots.

He is currently based in Prague.[1]



Before entering the film industry, Jakubisko taught still photography at a Bratislava secondary school for applied arts and worked for a television in Košice. In 1960 he moved to Prague where he attended the FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts - [1]), studying direction under Václav Wasserman's tuition. He graduated in 1965. After his studies Jakubisko worked with Alfréd Radok at the Laterna magika [2] theater in Prague and began winning international acclaim with his experimental short films before making his first feature Crucial Years or Christ's Years (Kristove roky, 1967).

The promising career of the young director was heavily crippled by the communist regime. He managed to complete only 3 films before he was sidetracked in the difficult period following the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion which crushed the Prague Spring reform period in Czechoslovakia. During that period, he made a few documentaries. Fortunately the situation got gradually better so that he could film Three Sacks of Cement and a Live Rooster (Tri vrecia cementu a živý kohút, 1976) although it was not released until 1978.

He returned to feature film-making with Build a House, Plant a Tree (Postav dom, zasaď strom, 1980). Jakubisko earned international acclaim with the epic A Thousand-Year Old Bee (sometimes mistranslated as "millennial"; Tisícročná včela, 1983). This movie was a real event for the country. People of all ages went to see it in mass and the tickets were sold out for many weeks after its release. Since then he won further international awards and earned great respect worldwide. Another popular film still played at the TV is Perinbaba.

Jakubisko is often also credited as a screenplay writer as he usually co-writes or writes the scripts of his movies.


Báthory (2008 film)

Recently a lot of gossip and curiosity has been generated regarding his current project Báthory. The film stars Anna Friel as Elizabeth Báthory, a 16th-17th century Hungarian countess, who some argue was one of history's most prolific mass murderers. She was reputed for example to have bathed in the blood of young Slovak women. Famke Janssen was originally cast in the title role.

In addition to being Jakubisko's first English-language film, Báthory is reported be the most expensive motion picture production in the history of Czech or Slovak cinema, involving investments of numerous companies around Europe.

Báthory is scheduled for release in Czech Republic and Slovakia on July 4, 2008 at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and on September 11, 2008 in Hungary.

In 2007 it was reported that two former production staff members, Jan Milic and Karel Lupomesky, stole a copy of Báthory from studios in Prague and were threatening to release it on the Internet if they weren't given GB £12,000. They were soon apprehended and the film was recovered, apparently without being prematurely leaked online. After their trial, the pair were given eight and ten month suspended sentences for trying to blackmail producer Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová [2].


for full filmography check imdb

  • Bathory (2008)
  • Post Coitum (2004)
  • Nejasná správa o konci sveta (1997) (An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World)
  • Lepšie byť bohatý a zdravý ako chudobný a chorý (1993) (It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill)
  • Dovidenia v pekle, priatelia (1970, released 1990) (See You in Hell, Friends)
  • Sedím na konári a je mi dobre (1989) (I'm Sitting on a Branch and I'm Fine)[3]
  • Frankensteinova teta (1987) TV miniseries (Frankenstein's Aunt)
  • Perinbaba (1985)
  • Tisícročná včela (1983) (A Thousand-Year Old Bee)[4]
  • Nevera po slovensky (1981) (Infidelity, Slovak Style; 2-part TV miniseries)
  • Postav dom, zasaď strom (1980) (Build a House, Plant a Tree)
  • Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni (1969) (Birds, Orphans and Fools)
  • Zbehovia a pútnici (1968) (The Deserters and the Nomads, aka Deserters and Pilgrims)
  • Kristove roky (1967) (Crucial Years aka Christ's Years)


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