František Čáp and Metka Gabrijelčič
7 December 1913|
Čelákovice, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
|Died||12 January 1972
Ankaran, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Slovenia)
|Years active||1939–1948 (Czechoslovakia)
1950–1970 (West Germany)
1953–1965 (Yugoslavia) (now Slovenia)
Čáp was born in Čachovice (now in central Czech Republic). As an already established professional, he moved to Ljubljana in 1952, following an invitation by Branimir Tuma, director of Triglav Film. In 1957, he moved to Portorož, a coastal town in southwestern Slovenia, where he lived until his death.
Čáp's first Yugoslav film, romantic comedy Vesna (1953), had elements of Heimatfilm and pre-World War II Czech and Austrian melodrama, and proved highly successful both artistically and commercially, as did its sequel Ne čakaj na maj (1957).
In 1956 Čáp shot one of his best-known films, Die Geierwally (The Vulture Wally), based on the novel by Wilhelmine von Hillern, in Germany. X-25 javlja ("X-25 Reports", 1960), a World War II spy thriller set in Zagreb, saw extensive international theatrical release. However, after his poorly received comedy Naš avto ("Our Car", 1962), Čáp was unable to find work in Yugoslavia, and he turned to directing films and television series in Germany and Austria.
In 1941 at the Venice Film Festival he won a commendation from the jury for his film Noční motýl (The Moth). At the 1946 Cannes Film Festival he won the Grand Prize for his film Muži bez křídel (Men without Wings). In 1954 and 1955 at the Pula Film Festival he won the Big Golden Arena for Best Film.
- Krok do tmy (1937)
- Virginity (1937)
- Men without Wings (1946)
- All Clues Lead to Berlin (1952)
- Vesna (1953)
- Ne čakaj na maj (1957)
- Sand, Love and Salt (1957)
- "František Čap – režiser" [František Čap – the Director]. Zgodovinski portal [The History Portal] (in Slovene). Zgodovina.si. 6 December 2016. ISSN 2463-8315.
- Polimac, Nenad (June 5, 2010). "Povratak Františeka Čapa, prvog gay šikaniranog filmaša u Jugoslaviji". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2010-06-10.
- "Festival de Cannes: Men Without Wings". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-02.