The popular section Cinema Now brings an overview of the most remarkable films of the season. Its curators, Nenad Dukid and Tomáš Hudák, have assembled the most interesting movies that have stirred the waters of world’s major festivals. For 20 years, the Bratislava IFF has been supplying the Slovak film public with names, which often become stars of the screen.
The curators of the section Lexicon: Female gaze, festival programmer Tomáš Hudák and the director of this year’s festival spot Ivana Hucíková, have focused on the status of women in cinema, their portrayal in film, and the uniqueness of a woman’s experience.
Made In CZ/SK is one of Bratislava IFF loadbearing sections. In connection with the recent one-hundredth anniversary of the formation of the First Czechoslovak Republic, the section reflects a continuous and successful filmmaking cooperation of the two neighbouring countries. This year’s selection will present several recent films, some of which also originated in Czech-Slovak co-production.
The 20th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival will open its doors in less than one month. The days between 29 November and 2 December 2018 will offer a generous selection of quality titles made by the best of young contemporary cinema. The Bratislava city cinemas Lumière and Mladosť will welcome the audience with a pleasant atmosphere and bring innovative perspectives on the world and being in it.
Another section of the Bratislava IFF programme will comprise three films nominated for the LUX Prize 2018, which has been awarded by the European Parliament since 2007. Its goal is to popularize original European film production and incite the EU citizens to discuss European values and identity. After last year’s success the festival will present LUX Prize films not only in Bratislava, but in three cinemas outside of the capital as well; Kino Mier in Modra, Kino Záhoran in Malacky and Artkino Metro in Trenčín.
Rúnar Rúnarsson is acclaimed Icelandic director whose short films won numerous prestigious festivals. His feature debut Volcano, a story about grumpy old man and his reinvention, premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2011. His second feature Sparrows won the Golden Shell at San Sebastián film festival and competed for the Prize for the Best Fiction Film at Bratislava IFF.
Florencia Rovlich is a young director from Buenos Aires. At Bratislava IFF she presented her short film #YA (co-directed by Ygor Gama), a melange between documentary and fiction about revolutionary spirit of young generation.
Prize for the Best Fiction Film
Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombra; dir. César Augusto Acevedo; 2015)
For a powerful but restrained rendering of an apparently simple story.
Mišo Suchý is a Slovak-American filmmaker whose retrospective at this year’s edition of the Bratislava film festival was organised in cooperation with the Month of Photography exhibition cycle. His films focus primarily on the issues of family, home, identity, and separation and combine various materials including photographs and home videos.
Hermes Paralluelo made two feature length documentary films and both were presented at Bratislava IFF: Yatasto in 2012 and Not All Is Vigil last year when it won the Best Documentary Film Award. This year he is a member of Documentary Competition Jury.
Cyril Leuthy’s The Night Is Fading is a film-journey throughout family as well as French colonial history. We spoke with film’s producer Juliette Cazanave.
One of our film festival’s principal missions is to expand cinemagoers’ horizons, bring them films they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see, point out recent trends within cinema and society and highlight them from different, preferably unexpected angles.
Even before this year’s festival officially opened its gates, Kino Mladosť screened the first festival film, Mediterranea, a feature-length debut by young Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano that tells a story of two migrants’ perilous voyage from the shores of Africa to Southern Italy.
It is very simple: in order to watch any film of your choice at the festival, you must have a ticket or a Festival Pass.