February 5, 2018
Director, cinematographer, editor and script writer Karpo Godina is the recipient of this year's lifetime achievement award handed out by the the Directors' Guild of Slovenia, reports the STA on February 5, 2018.This one has English subtitles
The jury said it was impossible to imagine Slovenian cinema without Godina, a figure "who has been, is and will be everywhere where film is".
Godina, who will be conferred the France Štiglic Award on 13 February, emerged as a brilliant director and cinematographer in the late 1960 and early 1970s with a series of shorts, forming a part of the Yugoslav new wave in film, also known as the black wave.
He shot to art cinema fame in 1980 with Splav meduze (The Medusa Raft), the first of what would only be three feature films.
Splav meduze was declared the best Slovenian film of all time twice by Slovenian film critics in polls by the newspaper Delo, while IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, listed it among the 100 most important European films in terms of cinematography in the 1895-1995 period.
The 74-year-old, who also worked as a professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, also directed Rdeči boogie (Red Boogie) in 1982 and Umetni raj (Artificial Paradise) in 1990.
His films toured the world's most prestigious festivals, with Artificial Paradise also making it into the official programme in Cannes, while Rani radovi (Early Works), the 1969 film he made with Serbian director Želimir Žilnik, won the Golden Bear in Berlin.
"Karpo's individual characters are courageously defying the tests of time, authority and uniformity; his films, provoking but always also humourful, using daring compositions and editing, celebrating experimentation and filmic exploration, continue to inspire young generations of filmmakers and viewers while also remaining very topical," the jury added.And this one is all music, too
Godina is the recipient of more than 40 prestigious Slovenian and foreign awards, including the Prešeren Prize for life-time work and achievements in 2006.
The Štiglic Award is named after the director of the first Slovenian feature film France Štiglic and was introduced in 2015, when it went to Jože Pogačnik. The 2016 recipient was Rajko Ranfl and in 2017 the honour went to independent filmmaker Filip Robar Dorin.This one has English subtitles