For those of you who can’t find their feet in our ample festival programme, we have several tips for films you shouldn’t miss on Tuesday.
Worldly Girl (La Ragazza del mondo, 2016) is the first feature-length film by a young Italian filmmaker Marco Danieli, which made it to the official selection of the Venice IFF this year. In its centre is Giulia, a young woman who is a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses community. When she meets Liberto who works in her father’s factory, Giulia enters a terra incognita as she finds herself rebelling against the strictures placed upon her. She discovers there may be another destiny awaiting her; one she can choose for herself. Director Marco Danieli has arrived to the Bratislava film festival to present his film in person and discuss it with festival-goers afterwards; the film’s first projection on Sunday was followed by a very interesting and inspiring debate.
(15.45, Kino Mladosť)
The evening bloc on Tuesday presents festival-goers with a true fourfold dilemma; however, if you are an Internet buff then we would certainly recommend Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016). In one of his latest pictures, the iconic director and documentarist chronicles the virtual world from its origins to the visions of near and distant future, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he has previously trained on remotest earthly destinations ranging from the Amazon to the Australian outback. Herzog leads the viewer through a series of provocative conversations with leading scientists and technology experts, revealing the ways in which the online world has transformed virtually everything in the real world as well as the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
(20.00, Kino Nostalgia)
As usually, Kino Lumiére will be off into an early start. If you seek to escape the daylight in the shadow of a cinema theatre, you shouldn’t miss Mellow Mud (Es Esmu Šeit, 2016). A feature-length debut by Latvian writer/director Renārs Vimba is a delicate drama about the often anguished time of life handled with unique sensitivity. Although a debutant, Vimba already shows a mature visual style and a sense for discreet but effectively pulsing emotions. This family story captures the much-topical issue of economic migration, representing it from a rather unusual viewpoint as it examines not the ones who have left but those who are left behind and want to associate their future with their homeland.
(15.30, Kino Lumiére, K1)
Dear film fans and supporters of the art of cinema, dear festival visitors, colleagues and friends, With great regret, we must report that the Bratislava International Film Festival will not be held in 2019. Believe us, we were the last ones to want to make this decision, but at the same time, we wanted to
be the first to announce it.
Based on votes cast by the visitors, the Bratislava IFF Viewers’ Choice Award went to Wanuri Kahiu’s second feature film Rafiki (2018) about forbidden love in Kenya.
Awards of the 20th Bratislava IFF 2018
“If you’re lucky enough to make living of something you really love, there is a downside – you don’t do it for fun, it’s a job.”
Tomáš Hudák. He studied Film studies (criticism) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU). He’s a fan of film, music, literature and the art as such. He’s a freelancer, writing film reviews and co-organizing several Slovakian film festivals.
“It’s nice to step out from the bubble of social networks – the binary world of likes/unlikes to be part of the group of totally different people, who are connected only by the skateboards.”
Šimon Šafránek. – director, journalist, DJ – multi-genre artist with the sensation of music and word. He’s a freelancer, writing for the Denník N, Hospodářské noviny, Reflex, Magnus etc.
“Films make us better, braver, more romantic and free”
Bibiana Ondrejková. A popular theatre and voice actress and presenter. The general public knows her as the Slovak voice of Phoebe Buffay from the TV show Friends. Upon seeing her, viewers will associate her with the Slovak TV series The Defenders (2014), Red Widow (2014), Homicide Old Town (2010) or Block of Flats (2008).
“Actors infuse film with emotion and give it a soul”
Daniel Rihák. A fresh graduate of film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava under the leadership of prof. Martin Šulík. A director of (so far) student films and a number of commercials. His graduation film The Trip recently won the Best Director and Best Sound awards at the Áčko Student Film Festival.
“All women have the power to change things”
Ivana Hucíková belongs to the generation of young Slovak filmmakers. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, from which she graduated in 2015 with her film Mothers and Daughters. A Bratislava citizen from Orava, living and creating in Slovakia and the USA. So far, she has made several short documentary films: Into My Life (2018), Connie & Corey (2017) and is currently working on the development of several film projects as their director, producer or editor.
“Cinema is a great medium for sharing common European values”
Dominika Jarečná was born in 1999 in Bratislava. She currently studies Theory and History of Arts at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). She was a member of the Giornate degli Autori jury at this year’s Venice IFF and is a LUX Prize ambassador for the years 2018 and 2019.
Film festival: “It’s a bit like a vacation full of stories”
Alena Sabuchová is a young Slovak author and screenwriter. For her debut collection of short stories Back rooms, Alena was awarded the Ivan Krasko Prize for the best Slovak-language debut as well as the Tatra banka Foundation Young Artist Award in the category of literature. She writes scripts for television and radio, and is currently working on her second book, which will be published next year.
“These films were among the most awarded debut films at this year’s leading festivals”
Nenad Dukić. Serbian film critic, who has been collaborating with the team of people preparing The Bratislava International Film Festival for 8 years now. This year (the 20th anniversary of the festival’s existence), he is again the compiler of the Fiction Competition and co-compiler of the section Cinema Now.
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.