Peter Kerekes was born in Košice, Slovakia, and graduated from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, earning a degree in film directing. In 2003, he directed and produced his debut feature documentary, 66 SEASONS, which became a festival hit and won several awards, including the Best Film Award at DocAviv. His next feature documentary, COOKING HISTORY (2009), received the Prix Arte nomination for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards, among other plaudits.
Kerekes’s 2013 feature documentary, VELVET TERRORISTS, co-directed by Pavol Pekarčík and Ivan Ostrochovský, won the FEDEORA Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF and celebrated its international premiere at the Berlinale Forum, winning the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Award. His first fiction feature entitled 107 MOTHERS premiered at the Orizzonti section of the Venice IFF in 2021, where it won the Best Screenplay award. The film has since gain much recognition on the festival circuit – receiving several further awards.