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Miroslav Janek

Miroslav Janek

Tutor at FAMU Documentary department and FAMU International, filmmaker, cinematographer and editor

Miroslav Janek (born 1954) started making photographs from the age of ten; and short films from the age of fifteen — a great number of which were awarded prizes at numerous amateur film festivals. 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 both a film editor and cameraman, making a broad range of creative films. In 1988, the legendary Czech avant-garde filmmaker Alexander Hammid (formerly Hackenschmied) introduced him to director Godfrey Reggio with whom he cooperated as the 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.
Mirek returned to the Czech Republic in 1995. He has worked for Czech Television making sixty-minute documentary films which won multiple awards at international festivals (Kha-Chee-Pae, The Unseen, Purple Sails and others). From 1998, he works as a lecturer in FAMU’s Documentary department. In 2007, he finished the film Citizen Havel using material shot by the late director Pavel Koutecký. His wife Tonička Janková often collaborate with him as the editor for his work.

Selected filmography:

For Semafor (2011)
Zpověď Kateryny K. (2008)
Občan Havel (2008)
Vierka aneb záhada zmizení rodiny B. (2005)
Nachové plachty (2001)
Chaos (2001)
Bitva o život (2000)
Člověk a jeho pán (TV movie)
Previanti, výjevy ze života vesnických muzikantů (1999)
Hamsa, já jsem (1998)
Barokní opera (1997)
Unseen (1996)
O Kralíkovi a hostech (1995)
Now I Lay Me...(1987)
Heroes (1983)
Bratrovražda (1977)

For complete filmography and prizes see IMDB