Jan Němec (Czech Republic)

Jan Němec (1936–2016, Prague), Czech director, producer and teacher at FAMU. One of the leading figures of the Czechoslovak New Wave, he gave his debut with Diamonds of the Night (1964); in the same decade he created another of his masterpieces, The Party and the Guests (1966), which had the British magazine Films and Filming hailing him as one of the year’s top five directors. He was definitively banned from making films after the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, which became the subject of his internationally acclaimed documentary Oratorio for Prague (1968). From 1974 to 1989 he lived and worked in exile and, after his return home, he shot the majority of his films via his own company, Jan Němec – Film, established together with Iva Ruszeláková, whom he later married. KVIFF

Filmography

  • A Piece of Bread
    1960
  • The Memory of Our Day
    1963
  • Diamonds of the Night
    1964
  • Pearls of the Deep
    1965
  • A Report on the Party and the Guests
    1996
  • Martyrs of Love
    1967
  • Mother and Son
    1967
  • Oratorio for Prague
    1968
  • Time of Sun and Roses
    1968
  • Return
    1968
  • Necklace of Melancholy
    1968
  • Das Rückendekolleté
    1975
  • Die Verwandlung
    1975
  • The Czech Connection
    1975
  • True Stories: Peace in Our Time?
    1988
  • The Poet Remembers
    1989
  • Strahovská demonstrace
    1990
  • In the Light of the King's Love
    1991
  • Jmeno kodu: Rubin
    1997
  • Noční hovory s matkou
    2001
  • Krajina mého srdce
    2004
  • Toyen
    2005
  • Holka Ferrari Dino
    2009
  • Vlk z Královských Vinohrad
    2016

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