Solo for Artemio Benki, director died aged 53

17 April 2020

Film Industry

Solo for Artemio Benki, director died aged 53

Film Industry

Solo for Artemio Benki, director died aged 53

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of director and producer Artemio Benki. The author of Solo died in Paris following a long illness.

Artemio Benki was born (1966) in Paris where he also worked as a journalist in the beginning of his career. Benki arrived in Prague for the first time in 1989 and since the year 1992, the producer already lived in the Czech Republic. He founded a production company Sirena Film two years later, and in 2000, also co-founded a distribution company Artcam Films.

As a producer, Benki co-worked on several films shot in the Czech Republic - such as A Royal Affair (2012), Marguerite (2015), Personal Shopper (2016), The Dancer (2016) or The Hummorist (2019).

As a director, French-born author shot mostly short films. The greatest success Artemio Benki achieved with his documentary debut Solo (2019). A story about a young Argentinian mentally ill piano virtuoso premiered in Cannes' ACID and after that it won festivals Makedox, Duhok IFF and Ji.hlava IDFF.

For the CZECH FILM magazine, we did two interviews with Artemio Benki in recent years. The first one, in 2016, was about the possibilites of Czech-French film funding, and you can read it HERE. The second one, we did last year on the occasion of Solo's world premiere, and it can be found HERE.

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