What was shown in 2015
Over the 5 day festival audiences enjoyed films from all 4 of the Visegrad Group countries. It was the very first year of the festival and we were trying to get the best movies for you. The Festival aims to introduce films from the four nations of Visegrad.
Jaroslav Siakel – Jánošík (1921) Jánošík is a Slovak black-and-white silent film from 1921. It relates the popular legend of the highwayman Juraj Jánošík (Robin Hood type figure) Jánošík the first Slovak feature placed Slovak filmmaking as the 10th national cinema in the world to produce a full-length feature movie. We are hoping to show this film with love music. Details to follow.
Juraj Jakubisko – Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni (Birds, Orphans and Fools) (1969) This mosaic-like frolicsome parable takes place in an indefinite dimension of space and time, in a foolish universe without ideals – a world of violence, cynicism and hopelessness. Its living illustrative examples are the three lonesome lunatics who survive in this insane and ugly world only thanks to their craziness, philosophy of playfulness and joy and the enjoying present moment. They live, play, love and hate all together.
Dušan Hanák – Obrazy starého sveta (Pictures of the Old World) (1972) Suggestive portraits of old people from the Liptov and Orava regions who are able to enjoy their individual freedom even in the times of civilisational chaos and insecurity.
4. Paľo Bielik – Štyridsaťštyri (Fourty-Four Mutineers) (1957) A drama of a revolt of a regiment against their superior officers in Kragujevac during WW I.
So much for the classics and now we move on to current Slovak cinema
Vladislava Plancikova – Felvidek – Horna Zem (Caught in Between) (2014)
“Felvidek” is a multiethnic Slovak/Hungarian region in southern Slovakia. Far too often the region has been trapped in between the opposing interests of political elites; far too often its people have been tossed around by the twists of history. In the 1940s, many of them were forced to leave their homeland.
Animated documentary about the complexity of native land and national pride through the example of the complicated relationship between Hungary and Slovakia.
Jana Bučka, Marek Šulík – Zvonky šťastia (Bells of Happiness) (2012)
Documentary game from the place where wild roses grow but the superstars don’t go.
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Rastislav Blažek, Zuzana Paulini, Peter Čermák – Socialisticky Zombi Mord (2014)
Russian experiment gone wrong and now two female students in Communists era Slovakia fight for their life in a school full of zombie classmates.
Jonáš Karásek – Kandidat (The Candidate) (2013)
Nowadays, information is the most valuable currency. The story follows the background of a political campaign of a presidential candidate.
Stylish political thriller/satire with elements of dark comedy.
Some of the above movies were co-produced with Czech Republic and all movies before 1993 could be considered coming from both countries since they were one. But of course we also have movies representing Czech Republic specifically.
Viera Čákanyová, Petr Hátle, Rozálie Kohoutová, Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská – Gottland (2014)
Unusual look at the 20th century in little animated vignettes. “Resemblance to any person living a dead is not at all coincidental”
Petr Hátle – Velka noc (The Great Night) (2014)
Documentary film about the night life of a Czech metropolis. But as the author states it is not your traditional social commentary or a report about the “outsiders” of society. ‘Velka noc’ is rather a picture essay that reveals the half hidden but often effectively lit background of the life in a big city.VN-3
Andrea Culková – Cukr-blog (Sugar Blues) (2014)
The director suffering from pregnancy diabetes is forced to go on a sugar free diet. With a sugar hangover she realizes how hard it is to kick the sweet habit and also how difficult it is to find products that have no sugar in them. Sugar is everywhere, in bread, beer, salted crisps, it is in cigarettes, in commercials and in politics. The film is a cross between a historical thriller, scientific observation and social commentary.
Veronika Lišková – Danielův svět (Daniel’s World) (2014)
Daniel is a young man, student and a writer. Daniel is a pedophile. He is in love and he doesnt make a secret out of it. He never hurt a child just like the other pedophiles in their community. Documentary about the forbidden love, endless fight to come to terms with their own feelings and the longing for acceptance of a small group of pedophiles.
Now we will move on to Poland, the country of such famous directors as Polanski, Kieslowski, Wajda or Holland among many others…The Deja View Cineclub always likes to explore the Polish cinema in all our themes and programs. For our festival we chose some of the current films (No. Not Ida)
Krzysztof Skonieczny – Hardkor Disko (2014)
Independent and “Hardkor” film by Krzysztof Skonieczny is an unconventional artistic revolt but at the same time the most intriguing debut film coming out of Poland in recent years. Written , directed by, starring and personally introducing the screening is the brilliant and talented Krzysztof Skonieczny
Aleksandra Gowin, Ireneusz Grzyb – Male Stluczki (Little Crushes) (2014)
An unconventional love story about the oddity of ordinary things. Eccentric and natural at once. The director will be personally attending.
Grzegorz Jaroszuk – Kebab i Horoskop (2014)
A group of misfits from a carpet shop have a chance to change their lives with the help of two marketing experts – an ex-kebab shop worker and an ex-fortune teller from a wildlife magazine. I am loving the premise
4. Filmowe Podlasie in Attack (FPA!)
Aim, fire! The goal of our project is to promote independent films and filmmakers but above all to create good vibes. Thank to many tours, our event Filmowe Podlasie Attacks! (FPA!) is becoming more popular in Bialystok, Poland and abroad. After the first screenings, we saw that the movies energized us as well as the audience. We perceived this exciting energy along with creativity and sense of humour so typical of people from north-east Poland, and we decided to use it as trigger to launch an explosion of films.
And last but not least are the films from Hungary. The country despite the fact that is not considered a Slavic country has their culture closely interlinked with the other countries.
Control (Kontroll) directed by Nimród Antal ‘105, 2003
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks… And a tale about love.
For Some Inexplicable Reason (VAN valami furcsa és megmagyarázhatatlan) directed by Gábor Reisz ‘96, 2014
A trip to Lisbon helps a nerdy guy who is quickly approaching 30 finally get his mojo back.
Cat City (Macskafogó) directed by Béla Ternovszky ‘96, 1986
In the year 80 AMM (After Mickey Mouse) on planet X the crime-syndicated Cats try to erase the Mouse-population once and for all. A scientist of the mice, prof. Fushimishi seems to have found the weapon against the threat – so Intermouse calls it’s best, but now retired agent – Nick Grabowsky – to get the plans. As a distraction for the Cats, they also send a second agent – Seargent Lazy Dick – for the mission
One of the great things about film festivals is among other their selection of short movies, which in our opinion do not get as much credit outside of festivals like their bigger longer brothers. Here is the selection of short films from Slovakia
animation, d. Peter Budinský, 6 min., 2011
The story is about Siamese twins who fight each other inside but also outside the boxing ring. Because of their disability, they have to share both professional and private lives, but each one of them sees things from a different perspective. Twins is an animated film about brotherly love and its limits.
animation, d. Matúš Vizár, 12, min., 2013
The world is moving ever so fast and humans are claiming more and more space without necessarily considering the consequences. ‘Pandas’ is caught in the middle of a game where concepts of commercialism and pure voyeuristic entertainment are put side by side with notions of animal preservation. Yet, the very same ”saviors” are tampering with natural selection processes and altering the mind of the panda, thus creating a hierarchy in terms of the value of life. ‘Panda is at this point existing at the mercy of man but all of a sudden his compromising existence is altered by events beyond his control. From that point on, a new chapter starts in the incessant struggle between man and the rest of nature.
animation, d. Veronika Obertová & Michaela Čopíková (Ové Pictures), 17 min, 2014
Fear knows what man is afraid of. It binds his hands, prevents him from moving, strangles him and sometimes strikes him dumb. Fear within little man Ondro is big. He is afraid of his thoughts, what he hears and sees on his parents’ TV, even afraid of whatever else he might potentially be afraid of. His parents don’t help him with his fear, as they’re too occupied with their own ideas of the world. Due to his fear, little Ondro loses his only friend. But although he is unbelievably afraid of what probably, maybe, most definitely awaits him outside, he abandons the safety of his home, setting out to find his friend again. He suffers his own imagined hell only to find that he can survive in reality. On his terrifying quest, Ondro not only finds his old friend, but also meets a new one – his polar opposite, a little woodland girl who shows him the way both through the forest and life. Thanks to her, Ondro manages to expel his fears and fill his time with joy rather than worry about his life or fear of immortality. The ratio of “big” fear and “little” Ondro is gradually shifting. Our two friends spend their childhood not without incident, but in relatively good health. Ondro grows up from his childish ideas and his companion gets into his head. But one thing has been forgotten – the omnipresent fear that prevents man from doing anything that might hurt. The fear of the unknown is much stronger, as are the worries of grown-ups. Not even love is stronger. Or it just as well might be.
fiction/documentary, d. Janka Mináriková, 12 min., 2011
Do you know what it is like to live with a lead helmet on your head? Th e unusual story of a Slovak jeweller, shot on 8mm fi lm in the woods, where the lightning strikes more than once. What impact does a lightning strike have on a human being’s nervous system? And why does the Slovak wolf life alone, far from civilization?
animation, d. Joanna Kozuch,13 min., 2014
The young violinist is about to play his big solo with the Philharmonic of Fongopolis city. The path to success, however, is unexpectedly stopped on a train station. In the chaos of signs, advertisements, lights and crowds in a rush, he can not find the way to the right platform. To catch his train he must stop.
fiction, d. Teodor Kuhn, 30 min., 2012
Momo is about the importance of having a father. A young boy has problems with self-control and finding a purpose in life, and even though they seem almost too hard to solve, they come from not feeling secure by himself.
documentary, d. Miro Remo, 23 min, 2009
The film is a story of a mother and her son Lubos who lives in a world turned upside-down, or, arsy-versy. Lubos broke free from the world as generally conceived by others to arrive at the supreme human-nature symbiosis; he flew away to a planet purely inhabited by butterflies – intelligent beings. The sole focus of his life energy, enriched by a great deal of empathy, is being chanelled into his amateur photography and film making, the climax of his fascination with natural phenomenona being his unique study of bats. By way of communicating with the upside-down creatures he is fascinated with, he attempts to achieve the utmost understanding between man and beast. He is assisted by his mother who has been a great reaserch and life support to him, but is now apprehensive about her son’s future. „What will become of the kid?“ she wonders. Those who „knew“ him thought him lost up to the moment they saw the arsy-versy film; now it’s them who are losing it!
animation, d. Andrej Danóczi, 8 min., 2015
My Guide (Újratervezés) Directed by Barna Tóth ‘13
Elderly couple in the trafic. The wife chitchats, warns, controls. She is a policeman, a GPS and a commentator at the same time. The husband growls or bursts out. This is how their world works. But life is a constant replanning…
The Execution (A kivégzés) Directed by Petra Szőcs ‘14
1990, Cluj, Romania. Three children re-enact Ceausescu’s execution. Who will be the victim?