Róbert Kirchhoff is a Slovak film and television director, screenwriter, and producer, known for his work in Slovakia and other European countries. He was born in the village of Vrbovce, Slovakia, in 1949.
Kirchhoff started his career in the film industry in the late 1960s as an assistant director at the Slovak Film Studio. He made his directorial debut in 1971 with the feature-length film “The Way of the Cross”. The film, which was based on a novel by Slovak author Jozef Cíger-Hronský, won the Critics Award at the International Festival of Films for Children and Youth in Zlin, Czechoslovakia.
In the late 1970s, Kirchhoff moved to Prague to work as a screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed several documentaries and feature films, including the award-winning “Cabaret” (1980), “The Long Shadow of the Night” (1984) and “The Miracle of the Senses” (1985).
In the 1990s, Kirchhoff’s films began to receive international recognition. His feature film “The Oak” (1993) was selected as the Slovakian candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won numerous awards at international film festivals. The film was also nominated for an Emmy Award.
Kirchhoff has since continued to direct feature films, television series, and documentaries. His films have been shown at numerous international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival. Kirchhoff was also appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1998.
Kirchhoff’s most recent film, “The Red Line” (2015), was selected as the Slovakian candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Kirchhoff has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Best Director Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for “The Miracle of the Senses” (1985), and the Best Film Award at the European Film Awards for “The Oak” (1993).
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