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EMÍLIA VÁŠÁRYOVÁ

Rightfully called “the first lady of Slovak cinema,” Emilia Vasaryova has had a prolific career on the silver screen, in TV as well as in theatre, and on both sides of the Czech-Slovak border. At the age of seventy-three, she is still an exceptionally active actress who will receive the Kristian Award at Febiofest. She is coming with a critically acclaimed drama called Eva Nova, which premiered last September at the prestigious Toronto IFF, where it won the FIPRESCI International Critics' Award for the Discovery of the year. In the upcoming season, she will appear in no less than six productions of the Slovak National Theatre, where she started in 1964 after graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

In 1963, she portrayed Diana the dancer in Vojtech Jasny's When the Cat Comes, and Febiofest's Slovak Day section includes Dragon's Back (1967), Eduard Grecner's classical Slovak film where she plays a femme fatale trapped between two men.

Vasaryova is also often cast in current Czech films. She appeared in distinctive roles in Vaclav, Cozy Dens and Beauty in Trouble by Jan Hrebejk, and her role in Hrebejk's Up and Down earned her the Czech Lion for the Best Leading Actress. 

 
Dragon's Return / Drak sa vracia / Drak se vrací (Czechoslovakia) Director: Eduard Grečner (Slovak Day )
Eva Nová / Eva Nová / Eva Nová (Slovakia, Czech Republic) Director: Marko Škop (New Europe Competition )

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