Slovak cinematographer Igor Luther dies at 77

With deep sadness we have to inform that Igor Luther - our guest speaker of the very first edition of Visegrad Film Forum (2011) dies at 77. One of the most acclaimed Slovak cinematographers who worked with Juraj Jakubisko, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michael Haneke or Volker Schlöndorff.

Afterwards, he made two feature films with Jakubisko, The Years of Christ (Kristove roky) and Birdies, Orphans and Fools (Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni). His contribution to the creation of subjective perspective is clear in both cases. He was also DOP of two Slovak films of Alain Robbe-Grillet: The Man Who Lies (Muž, ktorý luže) and Eden and Afterwards (Eden a potom). With his sense for dynamic and composition he congenially teamed up with one of the most distinguished French modernist.

After his emigration to West Germany he made numerous TV film and films for cinemas. Once and again he collaborated with prominent directors, such as Michael Haneke (Three Paths to the Lake, orig. Drei Wege zum See), Wolfgang Staudte (Yesterday’s Tomorrow, orig. Zwischengleis), Andrej Wajda (including award-winning Danton), or Aleksandar Petrović (Migrations, orig. Seobe). The most productive co-operation was probably with Volker Schlöndorff. They made five films together, including 1979 Palme d’Or winning The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel).

After the Velvet Revolution, Luther could film also in Slovakia and Czech Republic. One of his lasts is Mosquitoes’ Tango (Tango s komármi), his first work with brother Miloslav.

He was awarded with Lifetime achievement award by Association of Slovak Cinematographers in 2017.