Štefan Uher

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Štefan Uher
Born (1930-06-04)4 June 1930
Prievidza
Died 29 March 1993(1993-03-29) (aged 62)
Bratislava
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1955-1989

Štefan Uher (4 June 1930 – 29 March 1993) was a Slovak film director, one of the founders of the "Czechoslovak New Wave".

He graduated from the FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts)[1] in Prague in 1955. Among his fellow students were future directors Martin Hollý Jr. and Peter Solan who also began to work at the Koliba film studios[2] (then called the Feature Film Studio and the Short Film Studio) in Bratislava after graduation.

Uher first worked in the short film division. The Sun in a Net was his second feature film. His first one was We from Study Group 9-A (My z deviatej A, 1962) about the life of a group of 15-year-old students and their school.

Uher followed The Sun in a Net by two more films with the same author-screenwriter Alfonz Bednár and cameraman − Stanislav Szomolányi, later professor of cinematography at the University of Performing Arts,[3] Bratislava: The Organ (Organ, 1964),[4] and Three Daughters (Tri dcéry, 1967).

The original music score in The Sun in a Net is by the composer Ilja Zeljenka, who also worked with Uher on We from Study Group 9-A, and went on to work with him on six more films.[5]

Uher's and Szomolányi's last film She Grazed Horses on Concrete (Pásla kone na betóne, 1982) has remained one of Slovakia's most popular domestic productions through the 2000s.[6] The film was entered into the 13th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Silver Prize.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

  • Ucitelka (1955)
  • Stredoeurópský pohár (1955)
  • Cesta nad oblaky (1955)
  • Ludia pod Vihorlatom (1956)
  • Tú krácajú tragédie (1957)
  • Niekedy v novembri (1958)
  • Lodníci bez mora (1958)
  • Bolo raz priatelstvo (1958)
  • Poznacení tmou (1959)
  • Ocami kamery (1959)
  • My z 9.A (1961)
  • Slnko v sieti (1962) (The Sun in a Net)
  • Varhany (1964)
  • Organ (1965)
  • Panna zázracnica (1966) (Miraculous Virgin)
  • Tri dcéry (1967) (Three Daughters)
  • Génius (1970)
  • Keby som mal pusku (1971) (If I Had a Gun)
  • Dolina (1973)
  • Javor a Juliana (1973)
  • Veľká noc a veľky den (1974)
  • Studené podnebie (1974, TV)
  • Keby som mal dievca (1976) (If I Had a Girl)
  • Zlaté casy (1978) (Great Times)
  • Penelopa (1978)
  • Kamarátky (1979)
  • "Moje kone vrané" (1980, TV mini-series)
  • Kosenie jastrabej luky (1981) (Mowing of Hawk Meadow)
  • Pásla kone na betóne (1982) (She Grazed Horses on Concrete, also translated A Ticket to the Heaven, Concrete Pastures, She Kept Asking for the Moon)
  • Siesta veta (1986)
  • Správca skanzenu (1988)

Writer[edit]

  • Dolina (1973)
  • Pásla kone na betóne (1982) (She Grazed Horses on Concrete, also translated A Ticket to the Heaven, Concrete Pastures, She Kept Asking for the Moon)
  • Siesta veta (1986)

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAMU
  2. ^ Koliba
  3. ^ VŠMU
  4. ^ Peter Konečný, "Štefan Uher: The Organ (Organ), 1964."
  5. ^ Votruba, Martin. "The Sun in a Net". Slovak Studies Program. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  6. ^ Votruba, Martin. "She Grazed Horses on Concrete". Slovak Studies Program. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  7. ^ "13th Moscow International Film Festival (1983)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 

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