Jaromil Jireš
(Czech Republic)

Jaromil Jireš was a director associated with the Czechoslovak New Wave movement. His 1963 film The Cry was presented at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. It is often described as the first film of the Czechoslovak New Wave, a movement known for its dark humor, use of non-professional actors, and "art-cinema realism". Another of Jireš's prominent works is The Joke (1969), adapted from a novel by Milan Kundera. The film was produced during the political liberalization of the 1968 Prague Spring and contains many scenes which satirize and criticize the country's communist leadership. Released after the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the film had initial success in theaters but was then banned by authorities for the next twenty years.

Following the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, Jireš continued to work in the country, making less controversial material. In 1971, he directed My Love to the Swallows, a World War II film about a Czech resistance fighter. His 1982 film Incomplete Eclipse was presented at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival. He continued making films through the '80s and '90s, including ballet and opera documentaries for television.

Filmography
Strejda
1959
Stopy
1960
Křik
1963
Romance
1965
Srub
1966
Žert
1968
Don Juan 68
1968
Valerie a týden divů
1970
...a pozdravuji vlaštovky
1972
Lidé z metra
1974
Ostrov stříbrných volavek
1976
Talíře nad Velkým Malíkovem
1977
Mladý muž a bílá velryba
1978
Causa Králík
1979
Útěky domů
1980
Opera ve vinici
1981
Neúplné zatmění
1982
Katapult
1983
Prodloužený čas
1984
Lev s bílou hřívou
1986
Helimadoe
1993
Učitel tance
1994
Dvojrole
1999

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