GUERNICACzechoslovakia | 1978
Programme time: 13.00
Guernica, a short Emir Kusturica made as a student, is based on Antonije Isakovic's novel and tells the story of a Jewish boy whose father takes him to Paris to the Exposition Universelle in 1937 where Picasso's famous painting was displayed. Several years later, when he is faced with frightful anti-Semitism and Nazi persecution of Jews, the boy cuts the noses out of family photos and tries to create his own Guernica.
First Prize at the Student Film Festival of Karlovy-Vary
Emir Kusturica is a Serbian director, musician, actor, producer, writer and architect, born in 1954 in Sarajevo. He received a degree in film directing at FAMU in Prague. After his studies, he worked for Televizija Sarajevo and won numerous awards for several of his television works. His first full-length feature, Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981), received a Golden Lion in Venice for Best First Film. When Father Was Away on Business (1985), his second feature won a Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Time of the Gypsies (1988) brought Kusturica the award for Best Director at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, while Arizona Dream brought a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1993. Kusturica’s Underground (1995) won a Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and his film Black Cat, White Cat (1998) received a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His documentary Super 8 Stories (2000) won the Best Film award at the St. Petersburg Documentary Festival in 2001. After this achievement, he directed Life is a Miracle in 2004 and Promise Me This in 2007, which had its premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival. After Promise Me This, Kusturica directed Maradona by Kusturica – a documentary about the football legend Diego Armando Maradona.
Time of the Gypsies, his punk-opera that was based on the themes of the movie, was first performed in the Opera Bastille in Paris on June 26, 2007. That same year, he received the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres – the highest level of recognition for culture in France – while in 2011 the French Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterand, presented him with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France.
Kusturica was the recipient of the Philippe Rotthier Prize for European Architecture in 2005 for the architecture of the ethno village Drvengrad. He was the president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival that same year.
He is the founder and a member of the band, “Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra” which performs around the world.
His autobiographical book, Death is an Unverified Rumor, was published in 2010, sold more than 150,000 copies, and was translated into several languages.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch decorated Kusturica with the Order of St. Sava of the first class for “selfless care and representation of the Serbian nation and orthodoxy in the world.”
Pavel Sykora & Emir Kusturica
Director of photography:
Peter Benovský, Dalibor Lipský
FAMU - Film and TV School Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
Karel Augusta, Peter Krsak, Borík Procházka, Jana Smrcková, Miroslav Vydlák