Cinemas are still opened for you!

Even though the festival was festively and officially concluded last night, there are still some celluloid gems to be discovered in the darkness of cinema theatres. Besides, the only competition that has not yet been decided is Viewers’ Choice Competition, so you can still use your chance to vote for your favourite films.

If you haven’t seen the cult fairy-tale musical, The Wizard of Oz (1939), you can fill out this gaping blank in your film education on the final day of this year’s festival. We have chosen this classic fairy-tale based on a story by L. Frank Baum for two reasons: one, it was one of the first “big” motion pictures to be shot in 4th generation Technicolor, i.e. the technology that brought colour into mainstream cinema; two, it uses colour as one of the principal vehicles of storytelling. The point is that it starts out in a single colour shade and only after a tornado sweeps Dorothy into a country that is “not Kansas anymore”, we can see the picture in a full colour spectrum. For these reasons, the film forms part of programme section Lexicon: Colour.

(15:45, Kino Lumiére, K2)



However, if you have seen The Wizard of Oz countless times, like many other film buffs, don’t despair and check out the alternative programme, 21 x New York (2016), a documentary film by Piotr Stasik that paints an intimate portrait of the city and its people. While Stasik’s latest picture betrays echoes of avant-gardist fascination with a pulsating urban organism, he is obviously more interested in what’s going on under the surface – both literally and figuratively. The author sketches fleeting portraits of people in frenetic sequences, only to develop their characters through open and honest testimonies featured on an asynchronous soundtrack. The outcome is an emotional tale of solitude that haunts us in 21st century western world.

(15:45, Kino Mladosť)




An Israeli film about disparate ways in which a married couple deals with the death of their only son, One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom, 2016) refers to the traditional Jewish week of mourning, known as Shiva, which follows immediately after the funeral of the deceased and takes place at the home of a close family member. The picture was part of the International Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes IFF.

(18:00, Kino Lumiére, K2)




A remarkable fiction debut by Tunisian directress Leyla Bouzid, As I Open My Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux, 2015), is definitely worth seeing, if not for anything else then for a great soundtrack that will be appreciated by every lover of contemporary world music. The story revolves around Farah, a young female rebel who refuses to be crammed into roles prescribed by society and instead tours night clubs with her music band. Her life choices inevitably meet with her parents’ lack of understanding as her art clashes with strictures imposed by the rigid political regime. The film paints a stunningly vivid picture of Tunisian society on the brink of a radical change.

(18:00, Kino Mladosť)



A fitting way to conclude the festival and kick off the final festival night is to see All These Sleepless Nights (Wszystkie nieprzespane noce, 2016), a film featuring two art school classmates, Krzystof and Michał, who lead a wild night life. They wander through the streets of Warsaw, striving to seize the night and enjoy their youth by bouncing from one party to another and falling in love head over heels every now and then. They constantly test the city limits and are eager to push them every chance they get; at the same time, they test the limits of their mutual friendship. Into about 100 minutes, the director managed to squeeze several months of wild partying intertwined with several hungover mornings.

(20:15, Kino Lumiére, K2)





Those of you who did not have a chance to attend the closing ceremony that was concluded with the screening of Lion (2016), a film that has been mentioned among the candidates for Academy Award nominations, will get a second chance tonight. In his feature-length big-screen debut, Australian director Garth Davis tells a gripping true tale of a small Indian boy, Saroo, who finds himself of a runaway train that takes him to chaotic Calcutta and eventually to the home of a nice Australian couple in Hobart, Tasmania. Now a grown-up student, Saroo meets a bunch of Indian students who reawaken his buried yearning for home. With a limited sum of childhood memories and the help of then-cutting-edge technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.

(20.15, Kino Mladosť)













As a traditional part of the festival programme, three finalists of the LUX Prize will also be introduced.


The 19th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival will revolve around and explore film acting, emerging stars of the contemporary film scene as well as time proven festival hits.


From October 16 till November 7, 2017 you can purchase online Festival Pass or favored Student Festival Pass only at


One of the most distinctive European actors and a unique director Jean-Marc Barr will receive the festival’s own Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema on the 19th edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival. 


19th Bratislava IFF will host yet another star of North American independent film. Following last year’s guest Alex Ross Perry, this year’s Profile will be dedicated to Canadian Denis Côté who will also personally present principal pieces from his filmography.


At its closing ceremony, the 18th Bratislava International Film Festival announced the winners of all competitive categories including three international competitions. The main awards went to Tramontane (2016) in the category of fiction films, Communion (Komunia, 2016) in the category of documentary films and Adaptation (Adaptacja, 2016) in the category of short films.

18th IFF Bratislava has the winners. Closing Ceremony was yesterday on 16 November in cinema Kino Nostalgia. The festival program continues today in two cinemas – Cinema Lumière (K2), and Youth Cinema and also in the festival’s official Lounge Urban Space.

Even though the festival was festively and officially concluded last night, there are still some celluloid gems to be discovered in the darkness of cinema theatres. Besides, the only competition that has not yet been decided is Viewers’ Choice Competition, so you can still use your chance to vote for your favourite films.


Of all the films vying for the Grand Prix in the Competition of Fiction Films, perhaps the most vivid response from the Bratislava audience received Worldly Girl (La Ragazza del mondo) that tells a story of Giulia, a young member of Jehova’s Witnesses community whose strict life and ascetic set of values is suddenly turned upside down after her meeting with a young drug dealer of a symptomatic name, Libero. Director Marco Danieli who attended the festival screening yesterday shared with us some behind-the-scenes information from the making of his first feature-length motion picture.



On Wednesday, the Bratislava International Film Festival prepared for all avid cinemagoers a commented sightseeing tour, two open discussions related to filmsand a decoration of this year’s laureate of the lifetime artistic achievement award and the newest holder of the memorial tile on the Film Walk of Fame.



While Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu is not unknown to Slovak cinemagoers, his latest picture, It’s Not the Time of My Life (Ernelláék Farkaséknál), has been a surprise in many ways, particularly in the context of his past. It was made on a €5,000 budget and the director made it in his own apartment with members of his own family. The film premiered last summer at the Karlovy Vary IFF where it claimed the main prize, the Crystal Globe, and Hajdu underlined its success by snatching the Best Actor award. Two weeks ago, Hajdu won a special prize for directing at the Cottbus IFF.


For the third consecutive year, the Bratislava International Film Festival in cooperation with the Red Nose(Clowndoctors) civic association decided to organise a charity projection. This time, they chose My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette), a Swiss-French family film by director Claude Barrasthat will be screened tonight at Kino Mladosť.