Saturday, October 13, 2012

RIP Břetislav Pojar



At eighty-nine years of age Břetislav Pojar dies in Cologne

October 13 2012 11:26, updated 12:35

Screenwriter and director of animated films Břetislav Pojar died on Friday evening. Shortly before his death he had celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday.

According Podhradský Pojar he just suddenly died. "He was feeling good. He managed this week with a number of his students to celebrate his eighty-ninth birthday," he said. "For me personally and for our entire community animation was a great symbol of professional filmmaking and design," said Podhradský. "He was a man who understood how people work. Was always a few moves ahead, knowing what people do, and understood his audience," he added. "He was a mentor and friend, He was one of the best in its field, was a complete tip," said Koutsky, who last saw his friend at the celebration of his eighty-ninth birthday.

Pojar was born on 7 October 1923 in Sušice in Šumava. After the closure of Czech universities in 1942 he deployed as fázař AFIT to study, which was to become the imperial competition of Walt Disney. Soon after the war, this studio was changed into the Trick Brothers Studio under the direction of Jiri Trnka. Pojar was one of its leading animators. Under their hands the work originated as the Old Czech Legends, and Midsummer Night's Dream.

In 1946 he went with the emerging Trnka Studio puppet films. Made his directorial debut in 1951 film Hansel and Gretel. In 1960 the film won for The Lion and the song won the Grand Prix at the Annecy Festival and followed other awards, including the Golden Bear from the Berlin Film Festival and the Golden Palm in Cannes.

In 1990 he was appointed professor and became the first head of the animation department at FAMU, where he was active until now. Pojar also worked for a long time for the Canadian government film office ONF / NFB.

Other important works include the leading Czech animator on a film about five stories for schoolchildren on the theme of the book Trnka Garden. His last work was a collaboration on the film or Autopohádky Fimfárum second

Five years ago, he took over at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was presented an Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by Representative Bridget Jones and Renee Zellweger, therefore, who honored the animator who gave a very carefully prepared speech. "I did not expect this large number of pleasant people and nice applause. This prize is not only for me but also for all those who did it before me and with me," he then thanked the legends of Czech animation.

Three years later, Pojar was remembered the Ministry of Culture, which awarded him the prize for his contribution to cinema and audiovisual. "I just do puppets or cartoons with shots. Gotta argue with them sometimes, but then they do such things to a man's surprise," he said during a gala celebration of artists who had little love of new technology. "It's always important that you be born in mind, it is a prerequisite for success," said the man whose credo was that the images were clear around the world. "That's why I also did a lot of films, so that did not need a verbal explanation. It was a little scarry for me, because Czech is a beautiful speech, when you work with it. Again, but has the disadvantage that it is difficult to translate."

POJAR, Břetislav
Born: 10/7/1923, Susice, Czechoslovakia
Died: 10/12/2012, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Pjar Břetislav’s western – painter:
Lemonade Joe - 1964

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