Even today, the core of Kinečko film magazine has joined forces to bring you a couple of hot tips and recommendations.
Eva Križková: Varga, Kino Mladosť, 8 p.m.
I expected this film to be a biopic documentary about a popular artist, which does not really rank among my favourite genres. To my surprise, I got much more than that. A minimalist documentary film directed by the FAMU student Soňa Maletzová, which shows a special and remarkably authentic meeting of two worlds: that of a young curious filmmaker and of an experienced artist at the end of his life. Varga is a film about life and death, about anger and tenderness, about art and time, but also about art immune to the passing of time. Varga is still worth it.
Saša Gabrižová: Curling, Kino Mladosť, 3:15 p.m.
Denis Côté is my personal discovery of the year. I had an opportunity to see several of his short films, which he came to introduce at this year’s festival in Dresden. However silly this may sound, Côté’s work brims with his lust for filmmaking. He doesn’t need to report on something he knows well. Instead he creates characters and situations so that he can learn to understand them. Film is a game. Within these borders, he sets formal limitations, asks questions and tries to answer them, plays with packaging as well as the contents. And he’s becoming almost a regular at the IFF in Locarno (also in the case of Curling, which won The Best Direction Award). Curling tells the story of a father and his daughter who don’t need anyone but each other. No school, authorities or other friends. How will their story continue?