Life and Film: The Labyrinthine Biographies of Vojtěch Jasný

The inseparability of life and film characterises the personality of one of the most successful Czech filmmakers of the 1960s, Vojtěch Jasný.

Vida y cine – Las laberínticas biografías de Vojtech Jasny
Spain, Czechia 2009
  • Czech
80 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

After having been one of the most successful film directors in Europe in the 1960s, Vojtěch Jasný (*1925), lives now forgotten by many in a small apartment in New York. His life and filmmaking are inseparable and in Life and Film Jasný himself, from his home in New York and through the visits to his old friends, will recount his own story, from the Nazi invasion in Czechoslovakia to the Soviet invasion, subsequent exile and his arrival in New York years later. In filmmaking he lived success and got to live and work with the most internationally important filmmakers, musicians and writers of the time. Even if his constant refusal to make social and political compromises obliged him to exile and made him suffer three KGB attacks against his life, he always remained faithful to his beliefs, even if that took him to oblivion. The film was made by Spanish director and former student of Jasný , Arkaitz Basterra Zalbide.

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Director: Arkaitz Basterra Zalbide
Screenplay: Arkaitz Basterra Zalbide
Cinematography: Arkaitz Basterra Zalbide
Music: Arturo Blasco, Bingen Mendizábal
Sound: Iñaki Alonso, Martín J. Guridi
Editing: Javi Prieto
Producer: Karla Stojáková, Ivana Axmanová, Arkaitz Basterra Zalbide, Martín J. Guridi, Álvaro Herrero, Pako Ruiz, Santi Uriarte
Cast: Vojtěch Jasný,, Rock Demers, Miloš Forman, René Böll, Josef Slimáček, Robert Lantz
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.