Jiří Bartoška (born 24 March 1947) is a Czech theatre, television, and film actor and president of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[1] His most notable film roles include performances in Sekal Has to Die (1998), All My Loved Ones (1999), and Tiger Theory (2016), as well as the television series Sanitka (1984) and Neviditelní (2014).

Jiří Bartoška
White-bearded Jiří Bartoška wearing glasses, looking right of camera
Bartoška in 2019
Born (1947-03-24) 24 March 1947 (age 77)
Alma materJAMU
Years active1971–present
Andrea Bartošková
(m. 1976)

Biography edit

Education and career edit

Bartoška was born in Děčín and went to high school in Pardubice. After graduating, he attended the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He joined the Divadlo Husa na provázku theatre in Brno and in 1973, moved to northern Czechoslovakia to the Činoherní studio Ústí nad Labem theatre, where he stayed until 1978. At this point, the actor moved to Prague, where he began a residency at the Theatre on the Balustrade. In 1991, together with a number of colleagues, Bartoška transferred to the newly established Divadlo Bez zábradlí theatre. He has also been a successful film and television actor, and has lent his voice to a number of documentary films.

Since 1994, Bartoška has been president of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where he collaborates mainly with film critic and journalist Eva Zaoralová.

In 2000, he won a Czech Lion for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in All My Loved Ones. He had been nominated for the same award the previous year for his performance in Sekal Has to Die, though he didn't win.

Political activity edit

During the Communist era in Czechoslovakia, Bartoška was a signatory of the 1977 Anticharter,[2] in opposition to the Charter 77 civic initiative co-written by dissident and playwright Václav Havel. In 1989, in a seeming about-face, Bartoška signed Několik vět, a document put forward by Charter 77; he also joined a petition for Havel's release from prison. The same year, he co-founded the Civic Forum political movement with Havel. At a demonstration on 10 December 1989, he announced his candidacy for president of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.[3]

In 2016, responding to a number of statements made by president Miloš Zeman, as well as the Prohlášení čtyř document, which criticized the meeting between then-culture minister Daniel Herman and the Dalai Lama, Bartoška and Vojtěch Dyk incited the Czech public to civil unrest.[4]

Selected filmography edit

Film edit

List of film appearances, with year, title, and role shown
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sekal Has to Die Father Flora
1999 All My Loved Ones Samuel
2005 Wrong Side Up Jiří
2005 Angel of the Lord God
2009 You Kiss like a God Karel
2011 Leaving Police officer
2012 Líbáš jako ďábel Karel
2016 Tiger Theory Jan
2016 Angel of the Lord 2 God
2020 Havel Jan Patočka

Television edit

List of television appearances, with year, title, and role shown
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Sanitka Richard Skalka 10 episodes
1986 Panoptikum města pražského Secretary 1 episode
1988 Cirkus Humberto Bureš 6 episodes
2006–08 On the Road Voice
2008 Dobrá čtvrť Martin Palouš 10 episodes
2014 Neviditelní Hubert Vydra 12 episodes
2014 Princess and the Scribe King Television movie
2016–18 Za sklom Vladimír Slančík 13 episodes

References edit

  1. ^ "Jiří Bartoška". ceskatelevize.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Anticharta po 25 letech" [Anticharter After 25 Years] (PDF). data.zpravy.cz (in Czech). 24 January 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  3. ^ Müllerová, Alena; Hanzel, Vladimír (2009). Albertov 16:00 Příběhy sametové revluce [Albert's 16:00 Tales of the Velvet Revolution]. Prague: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny. p. 266. ISBN 978-80-7422-002-9.
  4. ^ "Bartoška, Dyk či Burian vyzývají kvůli Zemanovi k občanskému neklidu" [Bartoška, Dyk, and Burian Call for Civil Unrest Because of Zeman]. idnes.cz (in Czech). 28 October 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2021.

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