Jana Boková

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Jana Boková is a Czech film director.

Boková was born in Prague, but left Czechoslovakia in August 1968 to attend a conference of art students in Austria, then emigrated to Paris, France to study at the Sorbonne. She then lived in the United States where she worked as a photographer for Rolling Stone and other magazines.[1] She then lived in the United Kingdom for many years, studying at the National Film and Television School, and producing documentary films for British television.[2]

She wrote and directed the 1986 drama film Hôtel du Paradis, which was shown out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987.[3]

In 2001, Boková was approached by musician Eric Clapton to direct a music video, but ended up filming a feature-length documentary film called Eric Clapton and Friends which covered Clapton's band's rehearsals and preparations for a world tour.[4]

In 2003, the Cinémathèque Française hosted a complete retrospective of Boková's work.[1]

Her most recent film, Bye Bye Shanghai (2008), examines the concept of "exile" as it relates to Czech émigrés including herself.[1]

In January and February 2020, the Czech Centre in London screened two of Boková's films - Havana (1990) and La Confiteria Ideal: The Tango Salon (2004), followed by a Q&A session with Boková, led respectively by Alan Yentob and Leslie Megahey.[5] They formed part of what was to have been a three-part season of her films at the centre, with Bye Bye Shanghai set to be the final one shown on 26 March along with a Q&A session with Boková, led by TV director and writer Henrietta Foster. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed indefinitely.[6]

Boková lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  1. ^ a b c Jana Boková / Czech Republic Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, Doc Alliance Films.
  2. ^ Rencontre avec la réalisatrice Jana Bokova, Cinéma Le Clef, 11 October 2000. (in French)
  3. ^ HOTEL DU PARADIS, Festival de Cannes, 1987.
  4. ^ Nesselson, Lisa: Eric Clapton and Friends, Variety, 7 November 2002.
  5. ^ "In Focus: Jana Bokova". Czech Centre. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  6. ^ "*** POSTPONED *** Bye Bye Shanghai + Q&A with Jana Boková and Henrietta Foster". Czech Centre. Retrieved 21 March 2020.

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