Film tips for Wednesday (16.11.)


Although the festival is running down the final stretch, it still has many remarkable films to offer.Our programmers have again come up with their recommendations.



An experienced documentary camerawoman who is kept busy by such luminaries of the trade as Michael Moore or Laura Poitras, Kirsten Johnson decided to sit in the director’s chair again after more than a decade to deliver Cameraperson (2016), an in-depth self-reflection about the world viewed from behind the camera that touches upon filmmaker’s code of ethics based on the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. So far, the film has collected main prizes from Sundance, San Francisco and Sheffield film festivals.

(17.45, Kino Lumiére, K1)





The documentary section also includes Parlika (2016), the latest film by a talented Afghan directress, Sahraa Karimi. Examining the social status of Afghan women during the country’s transition from a totalitarian theocracy to democracy, the picture tells the story of Suraya Parlika, a mature Afghan woman who after the defeat of Taliban decided to enter the political arena on the national as well as the local level, i.e. the “territory of men”. SahraaKarimi first appeared at the Bratislava film festival back in 2001 as the main protagonist of the winning picture, Daughters of the Sun, (Dakhtaran-e khorshid, 2000).

(15.45, Kino Lumiére, K2)





Providing a meaningful commentary on the refugee crisis and the wave of xenophobia that followed in its wake, this is another well-crafted work by one of the most daring authorial tandems in contemporary cinema, namely Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal.The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me (Słońce, to słońcemnieoślepiło, 2016) is an adaptation of The Stranger,one of the crucial works of existentialismby Albert Camus. Blinded by the sun, Meursault shoots a man, a lifeless corpse, emptiness. In the film, the moment of the murder is postponed temporarily by the vision of life in which there is room to accept responsibility for another person. The main protagonist stands above the Stranger and face-to-face with a choice.

(20.15, Kino Lumiére, K2)





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.