Miroslav Janek (Czech Republic)

Miroslav Janek (born 1954) made photographs from the age of ten; from the age of fifteen, he made short films, a great number of which were awarded at numerous festivals of amateur film. From 1973 to 1976, he failed to be submitted to the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) three times. In 1979, he emigrated to Germany and went on to live in Minneapolis, USA; there he worked as film editor and cameraman, making a whole range of creative films. In 1978, the legend of Czech interwar avant-garde Alexander Hammid (formerly Hackenschmied) introduced him to director Godfrey Reggio with whom he cooperated as editor on the films of the famous Quatsi trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi) and further on the short film Anima Mundi and the multimedia project FABRICA based in Treviso, Italy. He returned to the Czech Republic in 1995. He worked for the Czech Television making sixty-minute documentary films winning multiple awards at international festivals (Kha-Chee-Pae, The Unseen, Purple Sails and others). From 1998, he works as a lecturer at FAMU on permanent basis. In 2007, he finished the film Citizen Havel using the material made by director Pavel Koutecký who had suffered a tragic death. His wife Tonička Janková is a film editor as well.


  • Bratrovražda
    14´, Czechoslovakia, 1977
  • Heroes
    USA, 1983
  • Little City in Space
    60´, USA, 1984
  • Visitor
    23´, USA, 1984
  • Now I Lay Me...
    USA, 1987
  • Sedum deset Nečtiny
    59´, CZ, 1994
  • O Králíkovi a hostech
    CZ, 1995
  • The Unseen
    59´, CZ, 1996
  • Poslední Slovan
    23´, CZ, 1997
  • Kdo je... Jiří Králík
    CZ, 1997
  • Barokní opera
    59´, CZ, 1997
  • Hamsa, já jsem
    58´, CZ, 1998
  • Previanti, výjevy ze života vesnických muzikantů
    58´, CZ, 1999
  • Člověk a jeho pán
    CZ, 2000
  • Bitva o život/ Battle for Life (88´, CZ, 2000) – episode director
  • Chaos
    59´, CZ, 2001
  • Purple Sails
    78´, CZ, 2001
  • Kha-Chii-Pae
    58´, CZ, 2005
  • Vierka aneb záhada zmizení rodiny B.
    76´, CZ, 2005
  • Citizen Havel – together with Pavel Koutecký
    119´, CZ, 2007
  • Zpověď Kateryny K.
    56´, CZ, 2008
  • For Semafor
    73', Czech Republic, 2010
  • Burning
    58', Czech Republic, 2012
  • Olga
    87', Czech Republic, 2014
  • The Gospel According to Brabenec
    90', Czech Republic, 2014
  • Film Spa
    70', Czech Republic, 2015
  • Normal Autistic Film
    90', Czech Republic, 2016

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