Tag: slovakia

Review: SERVANTS, Visually Captivating Artful Period Film About Persecution

The visual storytelling takes over the verbal narration in Ivan Ostrochovský's sophomore feature fiction film about Church's collaboration and Communist persecution.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: COOK, F**K, KILL, Greek Weird Wave Meets Psychomagical Realism

Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay's original and eerie vision of domestic abuse is a daring psychoanalytical fable.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: THE ALCHEMICAL FURNACE Exposes Surrealist Maestro Jan Švankmajer

Directed by Adam Oľha, the documentary portrait goes behind the scenes on filmmaker Jan Švankmajer's works, opinions and post-retirement phase.

Oscars 2020 Review: LET THERE BE LIGHT, In the Name of Father, Son and Far-Right Extremism

Slovakia´s official entry for the Oscars race is a film Let There Be Light about family disrupted by son´s involvement in a far-right paramilitary troop

Febiofest 2019: BY A SHARP KNIFE, A Family Tragedy in a Broken System Turns into Social Stigma

By a Sharp Knife, a drama by up-and-coming Slovakian director Teodor Kuhn, is described by the creators as a generational film. Mainly, it's because real-life events that inspired the film impacted a whole generation, the one where the director and...

THE INTERPRETER Trailer: The Star of TONI ERDMANN Goes On a Road Trip With the Real-Life Oscar-Winning Director

The Toni Erdmann lead Peter Simonischek teams up with Czech director Jiří Menzel as the protagonists in Martin Šulík´s latest film, road movie The Interpreter.

Toronto 2017 Review: NINA, A Child's Story For Adult Audiences

Juraj Lehotský´s drama Nina marries Dardenian vérité style to child´s unsterile POV amid a divorce proceedings with a pinch of Hanekenian social horror.

Review: LITTLE HARBOUR Docks Coming-of-Age Adventure and Psychological Portrait

Iveta Grófová´s sophomore feature Little Harbour offers coming-of-age adventure for children and psychological drama for their parents

Rotterdam 2016 Review: Personal Docupic 5 OCTOBER Tackles Modern Man And Transcendentalism

The already-established Slovakian photographer Martin Kollár flips between the lenses of photography and cinematography regularly and 5 October, unveiled in the festival section "As Long As It Takes", has the best of both worlds. As a cinematographer, he has lensed...

Review: Hungarian Western MIRAGE, A Visually Opulent Slavery Allegory

The Hungarian director of Bibliotheque Pascal, Szabolcs Hajdu, returns with yet another not so conventional oeuvre, Mirage. After the world premiere held at Toronto last year, the film enters the Slovak and Czech theatre circuit (Slovakia is a minor co-producer...

Review: HOSTAGE, A Youthful, Nostalgic Take On Growing Up Slovak

Recent Czech cinema has been gaining a reputation when it comes to revisiting history. Hefty award festooned mini-series-cum feature film The Burning Bush directed by renowned filmmaker Agnieszka Holland and Andrea Sedláčková´s sports drama Fair Play shaped moral heroes...

Review: CHILDREN, A Lyrical Look At Patrimonial Relationships And Moral Crises

After Juraj Lehotský´s recent Miracle, Jaro Vojtek, another Slovak documentarian, has turned to fiction territory, debuting with the gently titled film Children. Vojtek is no stranger to the domestic audience. He rose to prominence with the documentary Here We Are...

Cinematik 2014 Unveils An Eclectic, Electric Line-Up Of European Cinema

The 9th edition of the Slovak film festival, Cinematik will kick off September 10 in the well-known spa town of Piešťany, with The Giver, the adaption of Louis Lowry´s book, produced by and starring Jeff Bridges in the title role....

Interview: Art Film Fest's Artistic Director On The Current Creative State Of European Filmmaking

The biggest Slovak film festival, Art Film Fest, will soon open its gates (21-27 June) in the scenic spa town of Trenčianske Teplice. The films from prestigious festivals such as Venice, Sundance and Cannes will be concentrated on screens...

Review: Bleak Slovak Drama MIRACLE (ZAZARAK) Triggers Pity For The New Lost Generation

2013 was the Slovakian year of the dog. The bleak drama My Dog Killer toured the festival circuit making headlines for Slovak cinema with domestic production gearing up to tickle international audiences once more before the end of the year...

Review: Animated Short SNOW Exudes A Genuine Melancholy And Magic

Twitch has already reported on the recent Slovak wave of award winning shorts. The wave keeps rolling and a new short sees the light of day. Given the country´s size, the animation scene is not so vast so the names...

Slovak Shorts: Why A Folk Star, PIG STAR, And Suicidal PANDAS Won Awards

Slovak film productions are not solely fixed on features and docs. A considerable part of national production belongs also to shorts. Although there is a small prejudice that shorts are made by students or recent students to learn the craft,...