Meet The Artist

Experimental installation Remebering ’90

Directed by Barbora Berezňáková

 

Lewis Glucksman Gallery

University College Cork

 

Slovak amateur video archives from 90ties, collected systematically  by the author since 2012, offer a view into the personal situation of post-revolutionary times in former Czechoslovakia.  Taken out of the original context, "film stripes" acquire a new perspective enabling a reflection on the amateur way of storytelling but also the content of the depicted reality.

New Talents, organized by Visegrad Animation Forum, is a project intended for alternative promotion of the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. Its aim is to present internationally the 11 best films made by students and debuting artists in a given year to a professional audience and for the general public. The selection of the films focuses on extraordinary talents whose work promises successful future careers. The project counts on the presentation of this compilation at selected European animated film festivals and to draw attention to new talents and bring them together with experienced foreign producers.

Film Podlasie in Attack! - Reloaded (FPA! - R) is one of the most recognizable actions by Bialystok Cultural Centre, since 2004 popularizing independent cinema from north-east Poland This unique local activity owes its panache and success to local energy and the innate sense of humor. The FPA! Screenings are held throughout the country and beyond its borders. FPA!-R represent all genres, and their authors are filmmakers rewarded at various festivals, but also debutants just beginning their cinematographic adventure. All filmmakers are from Podlasie region in Poland.

Sat: Camden Palace Hotel: 20:00

For the first time ever we have put together a selection of short films made in Ireland by filmmakers born in one of the Visegrad countries. This will create yet another connection between Emerald Isle and the Visegrad Four. We are hoping to build on this relationship and explore it further in the future. Immigration got this very negative label in recent years and we are hoping to show that immigration can lead to collaborations and creation of something new in taking the best from the host country and the home country of the people. Our selection has a wide range of themes and genres this year from comedy to horror, from documentary to an experimental film there is even a music video. Some of our filmmakers include Aleksander Szeser, Roksana Bursztynowicz, Witold Koprucki and Krzysztof Kolodzinski. 

Travels of Monte Kristo
Org. Podróże Monte Kristo
Dir, Krzysztof Kołodziński
Travel reportage/ 26 min.
Poland/2016


"Travels of Monte Kristo – Travel video-reportage series run by Krzysztof Kołodziński in the form of 5 to 10-minutes long documentary movies from around the world, including: Poland, Brazil and Argentina. He discovers unknown and interesting places for any budget, drive by only one main mission - to revive the spirit of travel in the soul of the viewers. Special compilation for Visegrad festival contains remarkable places of Polish Western Pomerania and unique sights of South American - Polish connections."

A History of Amazement
Dir, Aleksander Szeser
Comedy/ 4min
Ireland/2013


"Two young adults contemplate a mysterious painting they chance upon in an art gallery."

Me, Myself and I
Dir, Roksana Bursztynowicz
Drama/ 4 min 53 sec
Ireland, Poland/2016


"The story of a woman who is torn between the role she plays as a perfect wife and the passion and desire she feels for someone else. Her uncertainty and guilt is depicted in a theatre based scene between two personas of the same woman Vision statement: Internal conflict between desire and guilt through theatrical experience."

Ravenous

Dir, Aleksander Szeser

Horror, Thriller/ 7min 

Ireland/2015

"A romantic hike through a forest park takes a turn for the worse when a young couple find a

lost camera with a spine-chilling snapshot of something menacing that may be stalking those very

woods."

Kriz WSK - Odnowa

Prod, WSK Videos

Music video/ 6min. 30sec.

Ireland

"This is a motivational music video inviting people to act. Even when the situation seems hopeless.

Lyrics are supported by a story of a man, who is wasting his life. It sets place in few locations that he

frequently visits. Until something changes."

So Difficult by Written in Sound 
Org. So Difficult ; Album ‘Volume One’
Dir, Krzysztof Kołodziński
Music by Written in Sound
Travel reportage/ 7 min.
Poland, Ireland/2015


WrittenInSound@gmail.com;

 www.writteninsound.com  

Drifter
Org. Drifter
Dir, Gábor Hörcher
Documentary/ 72 min.
Hungary/2015


"The young rebel, Ricsi, lives his life on the edge. ‘Trouble’ is his middle name. He isunruly, restlessly scaring up problem after problem. Driving cars without a license, theft and escaping from the cops are all just a part of his daily routine much for his parents' despair. Ricsi won't stand for routines nor the expectations of his deadbeat father. Afterall, where was he when Ricsi needed him the most?"

Sinbad
Org. Szindbád
Dir, Zoltán Huszárik
Drama/ 90 min.
Hungary/1971


"The film opens with a sequence of fleeting images - the stamens of a flower, drops of oil on water, glowing embers, a spider's web, a strand of blonde hair, a leaf frozen in the ice, rain dripping from a wooden roof, etc. - each of which will subsequently be linked to one of Szindbád's memories of his love affairs. We then see the body of the dead or dying Szindbád lying in a cart drawn by a horse through the countryside, where nobody any longer seems interested in him. A voiceover (of Szindbád) then introduces a stream of memories, often disconnected and unchronological, of the many women who have been the focus of his life."

Afterlife
Org. Utóélet
Dir, Virág Zomborácz
Comedy/ 95 min.
Hungary/2014


"A heavily neurotic young man starts to see his father's ghost, and while he helps the spirit cross to the otherworld, something happens that they could never achieve in their common life: they finally understand each other."

Final cut: Ladies and Gentleman
Org. Final Cut - Hölgyeim és Uraim
DirGyörgy Pálfi
Recycled movie, Comedy, romance, drama/ 80 min.
Hungary/2012

 


"A simple yet timeless love story between a man and a woman, told using scenes edited together from hundreds of other films."

The District
Org. Nyócker
Dir, Áron Gauder
Animation/ 90 min.
Hungary/2004


"In a Budapest ghetto, Richie, a young gypsy in love with Julia, daughter of the local Hungarian pimp, wants to put an end to the old family feuds. But there's only one way to do it: money! For that, Richie goes back in time to eradicate mammoths and turn them into oil he'll be able to sell later."

Mythopolis
Dir, Alexandra Hetmerová
Animation/ 11 min.
Czechia/2013


"A small minotaur, his Mum Medusa, a Cyclops delivery guy, the neighbors the Grey Sisters... Legendary characters from the Greek mythology live their lives and solve their problems in today's world."

Ikarie XB1
Dir, Jindřich Polák
Fiction/ 88 min.
Czechoslovakia/1963


"It is the second half of the XIInd century and a spaceship called Ikarie XB 1 is on its way to Alfa Centauri to search for extraterrestrial forms of life. Its crew, made up primarily of scientists from various fields, being far from our solar system, is exposed to unknown and unimaginable dangers. At the same time, though, it also deals with a number of their everyday worries as well as their delights.
This unique classic Czech sci-fi movie makes uses of masterful special effects and an impressive production design together with modern electronic music and a strong ensemble cast. The film is said to be among the most important sources of inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey."

Into the Clouds We Gaze
org. K oblakům vzhlížime
Dir, Martin Dušek
documentary/ 66 min.
Czechia/2014


"The smell of burnt rubber, clouds of smoke, suede upholstery and the roar of the engine are at the centre of Rada's world. All of his days are spent in pretty much the same way: repairing the engine of his beat-up Ford or looking for work in nearby factories. But the nights are for booming tuning festivals. Though he usually loses in the parade, the darkness momentarily disguises the imperfections of his car and the even greater imperfections in his life. Against the backdrop of Northern Bohemia, a region with high unemployment and infamous anti-Roma marches, Martin Dusek's film presents a melancholy picture of an aimless generation of young people."

The Way Out
Org. Cesta ven
Dir, Petr Václav
Fiction/ 103 min.
Czechia, France/2014


 

"The Way Out tells a story of a young Romani couple, Zaneta and David, the parents of little Janicka. Their efforts to live a decent and dignified life run up against the "Romani social trap," which is racism, the society's prejudices, exclusion from opportunities to obtain legal work, the lack of necessary qualifications, difficult communication with officials, debts and the miserable life conditions connected with the environment, lifestyle and traditional values of their ethnicity. David wants to protect his family, even at the expense of committing a crime. But Zaneta finds inner strength to defy the unfavorable situation in a different way. Will they overcome the existential problems that start to take apart their relationship? Is it worthwhile for them to continue to Honor their own values and family traditions? And will their "way out" be only another "escape" for them, or a promise to change their lives?"


!!!Best Czech film at Finále Plzeň 2015!!!

Chasing 50
org. Padesátka
Dir, Vojtěch Kotek
fiction/ 97 min.
Czechia/2015


"What happens in the mountains, stays in the mountains no matter what those down in the valleys may do. Picturesque characters play out their mountain-bound parts. The true spice of the Giant Mountains are the locals, those who live there no matter what season. A one-legged skier, a snow cat operator that doesn’t drink on the Day of the Three Wise Men, a legendary womanizer who is also sterile, a bartender that doubles as a psychic. And Pavka, the oldest living member of the Bulán family, a family with a long tradition of cross-country skiing. He is worried about his son, Jura, who rather than train for the “Fifty” cross-country race chases other “fifties”. He is obsessed with older women, keeping their souls (and bodies) warm. Jura will most probably not finish the race once again, as Jan Hilský, one of the skiers, brings along his mother."

Homo Ciris
Org. Človek ryba
Dir, Jana Mináriková
Documentary, fiction/ 23 min.
Slovak republic/2013


"Told with light a touch and gentle words, this humorous film straddling the line between documentary and fiction takes a loving look at the story of an old man who devoted his life to aquarium fish and dreams of entering the underwater world. “Those who want, find a way. Those who don’t, find a reason.”
 

Long rows of aquariums, spawning pools, and tubs of colourful fish or fish resembling spaghetti, all in an eerie, artificially lit atmosphere. The kingdom of Homo Ciris teems with the beauty of never-ending amazement."

Remembering ‘90
Dir, Barbora Berezňáková
Documentary/ Experimental Installation/ 

25 min.
Slovak republic/2015


Slovak amateur video archives from 90ties, collected systematically  by the author since 2012, offer a view into the personal situation of post-revolutionary times in former Czechoslovakia.  Taken out of the original context, "film stripes" acquire a new perspective enabling a reflection on the amateur way of storytelling but also the content of the depicted reality.

5th October
org. 5. Október
dir, Martin Kollár
documentary/ 50 min.
Slovak republic, Czechia/2016


"The protagonist of this quiet picture is the director’s 52-year-old brother Ján Kollár, who learns that he needs to undergo a hazardous procedure with only a 50-50 chance of surviving. Ján takes his bike and a minimum of equipment and sets out on perhaps the last journey he’ll ever take when he can essentially do everything exactly the way he wants. The only limitation is the day set for his operation – October 5th. With its refined imaging, the visually precise movie bears witness to the physical and spiritual wanderings of a man in a crucial life situation. Employing sensitivity without pathos, the director records Ján’s struggle against fear and his sincere effort to stand face-to-face with his circumstances and find reconciliation. Ján commits his thoughts and feelings to a journal, excerpts of which serve as a formal element in this contemplative, powerful film."

Blind loves
Org.  Slepé lásky
Dir, Juraj Lehotský
Documentary & Drama/ 77 min.
Slovak republic/2008


"It is very often difficult for us, who can see, to find true fulfillment and happiness in the world. For visually impaired people, this journey is even more complicated. Their perspective of the world is in many ways much more essential and sincere, and it often reveals the “invisible dimensions” of the world. This film brings four unique stories about love among the blind and the various forms it can take."

Mephedrone

org. Potwierdzone Info
Dir, Maciej Szupica & Krzysztof Kiziewicz, 
music video/ 4 min.
Poland/2013


"Warsaw hip-hop crew Potwierdzone Info (Confirmed Info) music video, including Diox, TNA and Sir Mich."

Games
org. Historie miłosne
dir, Bartek Tryzna &Monika Stpiczyńska,
documentary/ 27 min.
Poland/2014


"Wojtek for the last time goes with his dad to work, Magda has a problem with the Shroud of Turin, and Ula - with packing for a trip. A day in the life of three intellectually disabled people."

Klezmer
Dir, Piotr Chrzan
Fiction/ 97 min.
Poland/2015


"It is a summer day in 1943, a Polish village under Nazi German occupation. A group of young people looking for firewood finds a wounded Jew in the forest. Each of them has a different idea on resolving the situation. They will have to confront their fear of the Germans, stereotypes repeated for generations, but above all their own views. The conflict will grow with every minute, and more and more people will find out about the wounded man. Every decision made or abandoned will have a serious impact on their lives…"

Baby Bump
Dir,Kuba Czekaj
Fiction/ 89 min.
Poland/2015

"Mickey House is an 11-year-old who is increasingly frustrated with his changing body. He is no longer a child but he doesn’t know who he is. A loner at school, his mom is an enigma to him, and he finds solace in dealing in urine at school to put off the medical checks of other students. On top of hating everything that is happening to his body his imagination and reality blend together into a toxic mix and as everything takes a turn to the extreme, Mickey faces the fact – that growing up is not for kids."

Chemo
Org. Chemia
Dir, Bartosz Prokopowicz
Fiction/ 105 min.
Poland/2015


"Thirty year old Benek experiences a crisis mainly manifested by compulsive suicidal thoughts and dreams about death. Accidentally he meets a beautiful, magnetic and mouthy Lena. He is dazzled from the first moment and his admiration grows when Lena not only understands his suicidal preoccupation but shares a similar one. They embark on a crazy journey during which Benek realizes he is not the only man in Lena's life - in addition, the girl has cancer, and she is not attempting to treat it. Admiration mixes with fear - finally Benek promises to accompany her to the end..."

15 corners of the World
org. 15 stron świata
Dir, Zuzanna Solankiewicz
Documentary/ 79 min.
Poland/2014


 

"Eugeniusz Rudnik revolutionized the idea of music itself with a pair of scissors and a magnetic tape. As part of the legendary Experimental Studio of Polish Radio, he revealed hidden value in rough and rejected sounds long before the rise of the DJs. In an era of  electronic music created in a workshop resembling a scientific lab, he composed music to reach and to portray other human beings.
‘15 Corners of the World’ is an attempt to hear the vision of his music. Following the rhythms of architecture, the human body, and the throbbing pulse of nature we discover a new reality. We touch the sound.
Moving images reveal a miracle that emerged in the age of tape recorders and disappeared with the advent of computers. They express the wonder of the analogue era – the urge to experiment, to discover new territory, explore the borderlands, and constantly search for  new means of expression."

Call me Marianne
Org. Mów mi Marianna
Dir, Karolina Bielawska

Documentary/ 75 min.
Poland/2015


 

"Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a gender reassignment. Alienated by her mother and neglecting her best friends, she seeks refuge in a theatre group where she comes to make sense of her situation by rehearsing a play based on her past. When the days to the operation loom over her, Marianna kindles an unlikely romance with an older gentleman who offers her a ray of hope, but she remains confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her – her family – and she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices one takes to be themselves. Call Me Marianna, the opera prima by Karolina Bielawska, is an homage to freedom of identity and the unpredictable twists and turns life can offer."

Sexmission
Org. Seksmisja
Dir, Juliusz Machulski

Sci-fi, fiction/ 120 min.
Poland/1984

 

"The two protagonists, Max and Albert, played by Jerzy Stuhr and Olgierd Łukaszewicz, respectively, submit themselves in 1991 to the first human hibernation experiment. Instead of being awakened a few years later as planned, they wake up in the year 2044, in a post-nuclear world. By then, humans have retreated to underground living facilities, and, as a result of subjection to a specific kind of radiation, all males have died out. Women reproduce through parthenogenesis, living in an oppressive feminist society, where the apparatchiks teach that women suffered under males until males were removed from the world."

Polish Features & Shorts

Kamper
Dir, Łukasz Grzegorzek
Fiction/ 89 min.
Poland/2016


 

"An acerbic relationship comedy about a young married couple that draws together the sad truths about the difficulties of intimate relationships."

 

Film Podlasie in Attack! Reloaded

Have You Listened?
org. Sluchaliscie?
dir, Radek Dabrowski,
documentary/15 min.

Poland/2014
 

"A story of a family gathered around a radio, listening to a local Belarusian radio station."
 

Heaven (2014)
org. Heaven
dir, Krzysztof Raczkowski
animation; 4 min.

Poland/2014
 

"The reality may be totally different from what we think. A diploma film made at the Department of Animation at University of Arts in Poznan."

We Cut Corners  "Best Friend"
dir, Kijek / Adamski
music video/ 3 min.

Poland/2014


" Katarzyna Kijek and Przemyslaw Adamski duo as usual in great form with another animated production to the music of We Cut Corners."

To Thy Heart
org. Do serca twego
dir, Ewa Borysewicz
animation, 10 min.

Poland/2013

 

"He was so handsome, with his jet-black hair, standing by the swing. When he smiled, eyes would stand on end. It was schizophrenic - he was so messed up that she would do whatever he said. She wanted to listen to his sweet-talking, wanted him to talk until the moon was up. Then she stopped pinning her hopes on him. She couldn't let him off so easily for his betrayal. Ewa Borysewicz's animation is a secular litany and a story of affection ending in bitter disappointment, echoing through a tower block estate."

Ends of the World: Fish-Man
org. Krańce świata: Człowiek ryba
dir, Podlasie Makes Me Happy
documentary/ 9 min.

Poland/2013


"Diving in a green-grey emptiness of winter river suddenly turns into a journey that seeks the meaning of human existence and looks for beauty in simple, everyday things often which escape our attention. Things that reveal their unusual character when seen from a different perspective."

When I Am a Bird
org. Kiedy będę ptakiem
dir,Monika Pawluczuk
documentary/ 30 min.
Poland/2013

"A story of an attempt to change one’s fate. MuLa, a woman with a Burmese tribe Kajan, has been in Thailand for two years with her husband and all her sons. Only her daughter was left on the other side of the border. Mother wants to bring her to a better world. Long wait, full of anxiety and tension, determines the rhythm and atmosphere of the film."

Slovak Features & Shorts

The boxer and death
org. Boxer a Smrť
dir, Peter Solan
fiction/ 95 min.
Czechoslovakia/1962


"A film offering a new approach to the theme of humiliating of poeple during fascism. It captures the tragedy of a man whose only chance to survive is to become a human target of the concentration camp commander's passion for boxing."

I love, you love
Org. ja milujem, ty miluješ
Dir, Dušan Hanák
Fiction/ 97 min.
Czechoslovakia/1980


"Vinco and Pista are longtime friends and drinking buddies. Both of them are likeable but flawed characters. Pista, a postman whose amorous adventures always come to naught. Pista seeks solace in drink, and in the company of co-worker Vinco, a handsome, devil-may-care womanizer. One day the inveterate ladies man Vinco passes out after turning on the gas to make some coffee, and dies. It happens that one of his girlfriends was pregnant at the time he died, and Pista takes it into his head to sober up and look after the woman and child in his friend's memory."

Paper Heads
Org.  Papierové hlavy
Dir,Dušan Hanák
Documentary/ 96 min.
Slovak republic / Czechia/ France, Germany, Switzerland/1995


"An emotional film essay about the relationship between an individual and power during the reign of then totalitarian regime. Through a mosaic of authentic archival materials, stories of witnesses and staged performances, the film offers a testimony about different kinds of human rights violations in Czechoslovakia. But first and foremost it is an exceptional reflection upon freedom and oppression of human beings."
 

Slovak,

Short Films:

Mila Fog
Dir, Marta Prokopová
Animation/11 min.
Slovak republic/2015


"I feel emptiness around me. The night is cold and dark. I am looking for a light, wherever it may be."
 

Chronos
Dir, Martin Kazimir
Fiction/ 11 min.
Slovak republic/2015


"A troubled old businessman finds himself looking at the world upside down through a hotel room where time runs backwards."

Pictures II.
org. Obrazy 2
Dir. Andrej Danóczi
Experimental & animation/ 8 min.
Slovak republic/2016


"Slovak halucination II"

Rabbit and Deer
Org. Nyuszi és Őz
Dir, Péter Vácz
Animation/ 16 min.
Hungary/2013


"Rabbit and Deer are living happily and careless until their friendship is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension. After an unexpected accident Deer finds himself in a new world, unknown to him. Separated by dimensions the two characters have to find the way back to each other."

Czech Features & Shorts

Mallory
org. Mallory
Dir, Helena Třeštíková
Documentary/ 97 min.
Czechia/2015

 

"After unique time-lapse documentaries Marcela, René and Katka, Helena Třeštíková is coming with a new film in which she follows her main protagonist Mallory for 13 years. Mallory is determined to return to a normal life after many difficult mishaps.
Life hasn’t been easy on Mallory but after the birth of her son she tries desperately to kick her drug habit, and to stop living on the street. She wants to turn her back on her dark past and help those she knows best – people on the fringes of society. In her latest long-term documentary, Helena Třeštíková demonstrates that even seemingly hopeless lives needn’t be cut short halfway."
 

Czech

Short Films

Tram
org. Tramvaj
Dir, Michaela Pavlátová
Animation/ 8 min.
Czechia, France/2012


"It is the daily routine for the driver of the streetcar. As every morning, the people embark to go to work, one by one, all the same, silent, grey, indifferent. Nevertheless, soon, abecause the shocks and vibrations of the road, at the rate of tickets introduced into the stamping machine, the driver exhilarates and the vehicle erotizes. The drives of the driver of this streetcar named desire transforms the into a frenzy and phalique surrealist reality. She dashes then a Music Maestro!"

Happy End
Dir, Jan Saska
Animation/ 6 min.
Czechia/2015


"A black comedy about death with a happy ending. A splendid chain of unlikely encounters. Hunters, a tractor driver, a disco boy, and a corpse."

Peacock
org. Furiant
Dir, Ondřej Hudeček
Fiction/ 26 min.
Czechia/2015


"Bohemia, 19th Century. Ladislav, the mischievous son of a landlord, terrorizes the village with cruel jokes. War breaks and Ladislav is forced to hide in a monastery, where he unexpectedly discovers his hidden desires. He returns home and befriends Jan, a sensitive young poet. Together they experience moments of undiluted happiness. However, passionate Ladislav soon becomes jealous and his endeavor to dominate Jan triggers a series of grievous events... A dramatic history of the rise of one of the most influential Czech writers, paved with flesh, bones and blood. A black comedy based on a true story, a queer literary encyclopedia, and a historical picture book in one."

The Little Secret
Org. Strach
Dir, Martin Krejčí
fiction/ 21 min.
Czechia/2013


"This short film is inspired by a true story, which happened in April 2012 in Breclav, Czech Republic. It received wide coverage and was a media sensation. Today’s headlines quickly fade away under the never ending rush of new events. But this story deserves to be told - that we pause and look at it from different angles. In doing so, we understand better the universal themes of how human beings everywhere live their lives."

Hungarian Features & Shorts

Limbo Limbo Travel
Dir, Zsuzsanna Kreif, Borbála Zétényi
Animation/ 16 min.
Hungary, France/2015


"In a country where men seem more interested in their electronic gadgets than their peers, a group of lonely and disillusioned women take the Limbo Limbo bus. Off to a far exotic country, they hope to find the so expected happiness. They land on an island populated by a tribe of mustache-men. This meeting triggers the primitive instincts of these women who, without caring about the civilized behavior rules, start chasing them and pushed by the competitive spirit, are ready to fight the forces of nature in order to capture their prey : the male."

East of Paris
Org. Kispárizs
Dir, Orsolya Nagypál
Drama/ 14 min.
Hungary/2014

 

"1986, Hungarian village. Cleaning rags arrive to the local factory: used clothes from the forbidden but desired West. Women of the village gather in the secret of the night to open up the container and indulge their craving for glamorous Parisian fashion. Ecstatic joy replaces the dull grayness of the socialist regime, but desire to possess and sudden greed overwrite basic human values in a second. Absurd portrait of an absurd era."

Hungarian

Short Films

I love you too! A lot!
Org. Én is téged, nagyon
Dir, Gábor Zsigmond Papp
Comedy/ 15 min.
Hungary/2012


"Characters, stories and relationships by lot of text messages."

End of Puberty
Org. Kamaszkor vége
Dir, Fanni Szilágyi
Coming-of-age/ 13 min.
Hungary/2015


"Two teenage sisters, non-identical twins, meet a boy on a beautiful summer day at the lake, and the encounter acquaints them with sexuality, jealousy, and a very real anger. Their divergent responses contain a threat to their unity — and may mean the end of their adolescence."

Visegrad Animation Forum New Talents

Cowboyland
Org. Kovbojsko
Dir, David Štumpf
Animation/ 5 min.
Slovak republic/2014


"According to the law of the Wild West, thieves must be punished. But when the sheriff’s horse breaks and there is no-one to oversee justice, it’s hard to forecast if justice really stays justice."

Wolf Games
Org. Vučje igre
Dir, Jelena Oroz
Animation/ 5 min.
Croatia/2015


"Three young wolves are spending late afternoon together. This story reveals how they ended up alone."

Fences
Org. Płoty
Dir,Natalia Krawczuk
Animation/ 7 min.
Poland/2015


"A bird in a cage, a toddler in a playpen, two dogs on either side of a fence. Partitions of various sorts accompany our lives from beginning to end. Each of us deals with them in their own way. Does it really make sense to separate ourselves from our neighbours with a wall? The film is a reflection on the role of “fences” in our lives.  Real ones as much as those in our minds."

Beyond
Dir, Milan Kopasz
Animation/ 10 min.
Hungary/2015


"A black hole is a place in space where the attraction of gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape. Places and situations of unusual attraction also exist on Earth. Some step back, some move closer…"

Tale
Org. Mese
Dir, Attila Bertóti
Animation/ 8 min. 
Hungary/2014


"Animated short about Vanya,  Lenochka, the king, the queen, the robber, the guards, the horse, the blacksmith, the fire chief and his wife, based on a short story by Daniil Kharms."

Mosaic, the Waltz of Spleen
Org. Mozaika, walc śledziony
Dir, Andrea Guizar
Animation/ 4 min.
Poland/2015


"A big ship on the high seas. Nine colorful characters are engaged in mysterious coordinated work that we can term “the waltz of spleen”. A tragic comedy where visceras and sublime sentiments meet in the very same place."

Composition
Org. Kompozicija
Dir, Mitja Manček
Animation/ 4 min.
Slovenia/2015


"Two audiovisual and film basics - sound and image - are created by the same lines engraved directly on primary audiovisual medium - film track - in order to trigger the most harmonic relationship possible between them. In this film you can see the sound and hear the image. The strong connection between certain tones and certain rhythms can also be defined."

The More I Know
Org. Čím víc vím
Dir, Marek Náprstek
Animation/ 8 min.
Czechia/2015


"A weary old man is preparing to die. Having nothing more to fear, he decides to share the secret of his life with us. While his relatives wait outside the door, eager to get a share of what was once his, he takes us on a journey through his memories. What will be the ultimate truth he chooses to pass on?"

Rivers
Org. Rzeki
Dir, Daria Kopiec
Animation/ 3 min.
Poland/2014


"Time and the passing of time represent the main themes of Rivers - an animated film based on Czeslaw Milosz’s poem. The title Rivers acts as a contrast to the main character’s carnality. I look for traces on his body - starting from the umbilical cord, continuing with fingerprints, and ending with facial wrinkles. The inseparable attribute of the main character is his suitcase - which becomes his cradle, raft and house. His surrounding world is also carnal: river is palms, earth is a woman, rain is tears. This is the world through which the character travels."

The Noise of Licking
Org. A nyaintás nesze
Dir, Nadja Andrasev
Animation/ 9 min.
Hungary/2015


"A woman is scrutinized every day by the neighbor’s cat as she takes care of her exotic plants. This perverted ritual comes to an end when the cat disappears. Next spring a peculiar stranger pays her a visit."

Happy End
Dir, Jana Saska
Animation/ 6 min.
Czechia/2016


"A black comedy about death with a happy ending. A splendid chain of unlikely encounters. Hunters, a tractor driver, a disco boy, and a corpse."

Visegrad film from the Emerald Isle

 
 
 
 
 
 

The War of the Worlds: Next Century 
Org. Wojna światów - następne stulecie
Dir, Piotr Szulkin

Sci-fi, fiction/ 96 min.
Poland/1981

" Film opens on December 18, 1999, just a few days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program loses its independence: he is given the script telling the crowds how to welcome the invaders. Then the chaos breaks out: the Martians and police mistreat the populace; things become violent. Idem's own wife is kidnapped and it seems somebody is trying to reduce his effectiveness as a reporter. Idem decides to fight back: he illegally broadcasts a message during the rock concert, but nobody believes him anymore."

Duel with a pessimist 

org.Pojedynek z pesymista

Dir. Marcin Lewandowski

Music video/4min

Ireland /2016

Hooltai having a verbal duel with his inner demons.

Video created for promotion of a full length album “Trafność spostrzeżeń” by Dublin based rapper Hooltai, produced by Feandin and Lejz.

Filmed entirely in Sound of Photography Studio, Cork.

Jiri Meizner - La Puerta Falsa

Directed by Ondrej Svestka

Experimental music video

Ireland/Czech Republic, 4min

This music video was an experiment I did with my musician friend. In the video he is playing all

instrumenst creating a one man quartet.

Men’s Dream

Directed by Ondrej Svestka

Student film

Ireland/Czech Republic, 9min

This short student film was made during director’s studies at St. John’s Central College Cork film

course. It is a comedy about Eugene, a man unhappy in his marriage, who dreams about polygamy. But

what starts as a happy dream

Slovak music-videos

Selection of crème de la crème music videos made by best Slovak music-videos directors Andrej Kolenčík, Ové Pictures and Marián Vredík.

 

Andrej Kolenčík

nicknamed Admiral is a film director and a visual artist.

 

He studied graphic design at School of Applied Arts and graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in field of animation. He studied also at RITS in Brussels during his Erasmus studies and made intership at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.

Ové Pictures

is a duo of slovak authors of animated films, namely, the eternal children of crayons, namely Veronika Obertová and Michaela Čopíková, founded in 2010 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

 

Ove Pictures was established to create what they love the most. They create works of art that bring joy to us and others. We love traditional animation techniques, drawing, handmade production, the original approach, bold visual solutions and mature cheese.

Marián Vredík

born in 1989 in Slovakia.

Between 2008 - 2014 he studied Painting and Other Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He participated in study stays at Akademia Sztuk Piêknych in Wroclaw and at FAMU in Prague. He is the author of many animated films and three exhibitions. For his film Naked Dinner he got a prize for the best sound design at the student festival Áčko.

worskshop Cut your own!

with Eva Pa and 16 mm film

 

Film is more than just a virtual moving picture; it’s an elastic material perforated on both edges and coated with a light-sensitive emulsion that captures images. This isn’t common knowledge anymore. At the workshop Cut Your Own, everyone can get a hands-on look at the film editing process. And the reward will be your very own collective film, officially screened at Visegrad Film Festival with live music.

 

What is the workshop with about?

editing – cutting and splicing parts of a film strip with the help of specialized equipment film

postproduction – experimenting with film strips

visegradtopia – a genuine public cinema screening of the resulting collective experimental film with live music

Visegrad Film Festival Echo in Strand Arts Centre

in Belfast

 

Between October 19th and November 9th, Strand Arts Centre in Belfast will host echoes of Visegrad Film Festival, Cork, and will present more than 8 feature films and bespoke cultural programme from Slovakia, Czech republic, Poland and Hungary. Screeenings and other evenings will be participated by Play Poland and Polish Cultural Week and will take place every Wednesday. Strand Arts Centre is a 4-screen cinema, last of the traditional art-deco cinema in Belfast built 1930’s, it shows lates films including blockbusters and arthouse/indie scene, embraces also local theatre and music scene as well as East Belfast community life.

Thu: Sample- Studios: 18:30
Mon: The Kino: 20:00
Sat: The Kino: 20:20
Sat: Sample- Studios: 20:40
Sat: Sample- Studios: 18:30
Sun: The Kino: 20:20
Thu: The Kino: 18:00
Sat: The Kino: 18:00
Fri: Sample- Studios: 20:40
Thu: Sample- Studios: 20:40
Wed: Sample- Studios: 20:30
Fri: The Kino: 18:00
Tue: The Kino: 20:00
Fri: The Kino: 18:00
Sat: Sample- Studios: 18:30
Wed: Sample- Studios: 20:30
Tue: The Kino: 20:00
Sun: The Kino: 19:00
Thu: Sample- Studios: 20:40
Thu: The Kino: 22:10
Fri: Sample- Studios: 18:30
Fri: The Kino: 22:10
Sat: The Kino: 22:10
Fri: Sample- Studios: 18:30
Thu: The Kino: 22:10
Sat: The Kino: 22:10
Wed: The Kino: 22:10
Fri: The Kino: 20:20
Fri: The Kino: 22:10
Wed: The Kino: 22:10
Tue: The Kiono: 22:00
Thu: The Kino: 20:20
Wed: The Kino: 19:00
Wed: The Kino: 19:00
Fri: The Kino: 20:20
Thu: The Kino: 22:20
Tue: The Kino: 22:00
Sun: The Kino: 19:00
Fri: Camden Palace Hotel: 20:00
Mon: The Friary: 18:30 // Thu: Camden Palace Hotel: 20:00
Mon: UCC: 17:00
Premiere Wed: Sample-Studios: 19:45
Thu & Fri:
The Glucksman Gallery: 11:00

film festival

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