10 Questions for Jean-Marc Barr


Zuzana Golianová asked Jean-Marc Barr 10 questions.


1/ The theme of this year’s Bratislava International Film Festival (the Bratislava IFF) is film acting. How do you see the profession of a film actor today? As an actor and as a director, how do you think it evolves/changes over time?

As a culture the film world is occupied by corporate thought and its product. If it is to survive as a culture, films and the actors and directors involved will have to find a way to resist the homogeneity.

2/ European cinema is still a big topic. What principles or phenomena do you consider characteristic of it?

European cinema can be characterized by the mix in cultures and educations, so different on this continent that can come together to produce an alternative to the Hollywood product.

3/ Not every book is literature, not every film is cinema. What do you think good cinema means?

If a film can make you forget that you are sitting in a dark room and give you a drama so credible that it becomes part of you, that it makes you question your certainties, then it is good cinema.

4/ As you often mention, one of the main topics in your work is freedom – spiritual as well as physical. With every new role, every next collaboration, every new experience, you move ahead and grow. How has this theme evolved in you so far?

Freedom for me is when the work that I do can inspire someone to recognize and resist the oppression in their own life. Finding the courage together to make this a better world.

5/ Journalists often ask you about your cooperation with Luc Besson and Lars von Trier, how they are different and how they approach their work. What has affected you as an artist?

Luc is more involved in big business, franchises – the show. For me Lars takes cinema to more of a metaphysical endeavour. He is not only there to take your money, but actually he offers links to recognize our own humanity.

6/ You visited the Bratislava IFF already in 2012 (when presenting Sexual Chronicles of a French Family). This year you came back to shoot The Cellar and now you are here as the main festival guest and receiving its award. Do you like revisiting old places?

I know Bratislava a little better now after having shot The Cellar. Returning here warms my heart as the city is no longer a stranger. I love returning.

7/ During the festival, you’ll also have your own masterclass. What are you planning to focus on and why?

I will try my best to share what I know. It’s my first masterclass.

8/ How was the shooting of The Cellar? Has it fulfilled your expectations as a European film project?

Working with Igor was fun, the cast and crew were very close and I believe it will be a beautiful European film.

9/ For the festival you’ve selected the film Grain – a strongly visual and meditative work that shows you in a new role. Why did you go with this film and how did you find its shooting?

We shot the film in black and white, in English, in the beautiful geography of Anatolia. The shooting of the movie was difficult, like a physical and spiritual boot camp. The film just won the award for best film at the Tokyo Film Festival. I think it will have a good life.

10/ You often say that you have chosen the status of a “nobody”, a “clown”, rather than that of a celebrity. Your movies are very popular, some to the point of being considered cult films. Is it still the case or is there something that has changed?

With the Internet and VOD, a movie today now has the chance to keep on living after its theatrical and TV release. That makes it exciting because the films don’t die like they used to before VOD.



Zuzana Golianová

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. 


On Tuesday 14th November in kino Lumière were announced the winners of 19th Bratislava IFF. Festival continues in kino Mladost, MIER in Modra, Mier in Senec and Zahoran in Malacky. 



The White World According to Daliborek (2017) and its main protagonist – a “gentle neo-Nazi” have prompted a controversial reaction in the Czech Republic. Klusák came across Dalibor on the Internet.


We’re slowly nearing the end of the festival and Kinečko has some recommendations for today’s screenings. This time we’re leaving Bratislava and expanding to the nearby cities.

Even today we’re here to recommend where to go and what to see.


Zuzana Golianová asked Jean-Marc Barr 10 questions.

The core of Kinečko film magazine is here again to recommend a couple of films you can’t miss.

Even today, the core of Kinečko film magazine has joined forces to bring you a couple of hot tips and recommendations.


Due to technical problems during the previous screening of the film HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF (dir.Soleen Yusef), we added a special screening on Sunday, November 12 at 1pm in Kine Lumière K4.