Edmund Von Danilovich
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Edmund Von Danilovich (born 1 November 1947) is a German-Russian-French-Czechoslovakian avant-garde filmmaker.
Von Danilovich was born in the German village of Neureichenau in 1947, to a French mother, Mireille Bouteiller, and a Russian father, Zinovy Danilovich (later changed to Von Danilovich). He had one sister, Liza Von Danilovich. Due to his uncle being a Soviet Partisan (a friend of Fridrikh Ermler's), and his great aunt's spouse being the Russian revolutionary Sergey Batotsky, Danilovich's family was closely involved with Soviet Partisans and Communist movements. His uncle, Filyip Danilovich, was executed by the Soviet Government in 1953, an event which scarred young Danilovich. In 1955, Edmund and his family fled East Germany and moved to Hungary, where they stayed until they moved to Czechoslovakia in 1956. There, he slowly developed a passion for the Arts and Cinema. In 1961, at the age of 14, he saw Jonas Mekas' Guns of the Trees and decided to become a filmmaker. In 1965 he fled from Czechoslovakia to New York to become a part of The Film-Makers' Cooperative, an organization founded by filmmakers he greatly admired, such as Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage. His first film, Ice of Man, was released in 1968, and became an underground cult hit. In a screening of the film, Danilovich met his to-be spouse, philosophical writer Dulisa Duveux.
Von Danilovich continued his filmmaking career as an underground avant-garde auteur, and made underground films such as The Beast and the Beauty, Backwards (1969), Seventh Knight (1969) and The Something's Winter (1970), commonly with the aid of his The Film-Makers' Cooperative partners. Danilovich later decided to establish an independent career, and left The Film-Makers-Cooperative in 1974, while producing his film Miya, which went on to meet great critical success. After that followed many acclaimed independent films, such as Cine/Anti-Cine (1975), Game of Time (1977), Levo: How I Became Conscious (1980), and Absolution for Passion (1982).
In 1983, Danilovich's spouse, Dulisa Duveux, committed suicide. This led to him taking a break from filmmaking, save for his 1987 tribute to his wife, Memoirs For Dulisa.
Throughout the years, Danilovich has never abandoned his profession as a filmmaker. In 2001, he founded the film production company VON D4NN Productions, in memory of his deceased wife. In 2018, his short film Moments Caught Between The Spectral Mirror (Torn Between The Depths, I am Parallel to Heaven), was shown in selected film festivals, where it garnered acclaim, and is set to be released online within 2019. The film's narrator and co-cinematographer was Petyr Von Danilovich, Edmund's nephew, with whom he has collaborated in the past.
- Ice of Man (1968)
- The Beast and the Beauty, Backwards (1969)
- Seventh Knight (1969)
- Footage of Jonas and Adolfas Laughing (1970)
- Sounds of New York City (1970)
- The Something's Winter (1970)
- Failures of Our Leaders (1971)
- Dulisa and Shirley on a Beach (1972)
- Memories From A Journey to Aarhus (1972)
- Portrait of Gregory (1973)
- Miya (1974)
- Cine/Anti-Cine (1975)
- Game of Time (1977)
- Levo: How I Became Conscious (1980)
- Absolution for Passion (1982)
- Memoirs For Dulisa (1987)
- ROTANIMERT (1992)
- Sorrow Attempting to Escape the Leaves (1998)
- A Portrait and a Suicide Note (2001)
- Resentful Screams to the Ever-Silent Mountains of Time (2003)
- Lost in a Boulevard (2006)
- 117 Multiracial Pikbilden (2007)
- Your Empire (2008)
- A Message (2011)
- Recollections of a Dinner (2013)
- Hello to Language: An Argument (2016)
- Moments Caught Between the Spectral Mirror (Torn Between The Depths, I am Parallel to Heaven) (2018)