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Jakubisko's film found in America

WHILE restored copies of movies filmed by the Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko are now being screened in cinemas all around the country, one of his movies has returned to Slovakia from a Los Angeles archive.

A copy of Jakubisko's second movie, Zbehovia a pútnici (Deserters and Pilgrims), was found in the archives of Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles. After 33 years, moviegoers will finally have a chance to see it.

Filmed during the historical events of 1968, Zbehovia a pútnici captures the atmosphere of the first world war in Slovakia.

"We thought that the tanks were from another movie. Our actors played dead, while people were actually dying on the streets," he says.

Because the director used the real shooting from the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in his movie, it was sent straight to archives after it was finished. However, when they opened the archives in 1990, after communism fell, they found only a copy with Italian subtitles - the negative was gone. It could not be found in any of the Czechoslovak archives, nor in Italy (the movie has an Italian producer) or Great Britain, where it was being distributed by Columbia Pictures.

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