PRAGUE — Slovak auteur Juraj Jakubisko gets a 65th birthday present in the form of a touring retrospective headed for 20 cities in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Co-sponsored by the Slovak Film Institute, the retrospective features thirteen films, starting with Jakubisko’s New Wave films of the 1960s, which brought him to the attention of Federico Fellini and the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
The first stop was in Prague on April 17 and will conclude on April 30, the director’s birthday, with his most recent film, the Nostradamus-inspired “An Ambiguous Report on the End of the World.”
A highlight of the screenings will be the 30-year old film “Deserters and Pilgrims.” The negative of the film was thought to be lost when it couldn’t be found in the Czech Republic. Deana Horvathova, Jakubisko’s wife and actress-turned-producer, began searching in Italy, where a copy was supposed to locked in Cinecitta’s archives. When her search turned up an empty container, Horvathova pressed on until the negative was eventually discovered at Columbia Pictures. Jakubisko will continue further reconstruction work on the film in the U.S. following the retrospective.
Abroad, retrospectives are planned for Cologne, London and Rome during the coming year. Plans for a U.S. retrospective are also in the works.