Our Tips for Monday

The cold and damp weather that set in Bratislava yesterday makes for a perfect invitation to spend your free time in a cinema theatre; here, you can tuck in a comfy armchair, forget the wind and the rain and identify with joys and problems of on-screen characters just like Mia Farrow did in the Purple Rose of Cairo. To help you fit your mood to the perfect film, here are a couple of tips for today.


At 13.45, Kino Lumiére (K1) will show Sparrows, a competitive fiction film that has been placed in the “Europa” section. The second fiction feature by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson, this is a visually compelling film about a journey from innocence to adulthood, about love in the time of adolescence and about mending a father-and-son relationship that has broken down. The main character, a 16-year-old boy Ari, must move away from his mother and spend the summer with his father who does not show much interest in him. He is forced to abandon his comfortable and happy urban life in Reykjavík and exchange it for the remote backwater of Westfjords area. The film won the Golden Seashell award at the 63rd edition of San Sebastián IFF.





At 16.00, Kino Mladosť will screen Three Days in September (Tri dena vo septemvri) by Macedonian director Darijan Pejovski who visited our festival in person. His fiction debut tells a story of two completely different women that are brought together by destiny to help each other come to terms with their pasts. After Marika, a prostitute, kills a man in self-defence, she runs off to the nearby station and boards a train where she meets Jana, a quiet woman in her late thirties who is on her way to her cottage deep in the mountains. This is a perfect opportunity for Marika to take refuge; or so it seems…





At 18.15, Kino Mladosť will hold a charity projection of He Named Me Malala, the latest documentary by American Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, 2006) inspired by the powerful life story of Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenager and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history who was severely wounded by the Taliban at the age of 15 for advocating education for girls. Despite being under constant death threat, Malala shows admirable enthusiasm and endeavour aimed at helping others. By buying tickets for this projection, you helped raise extra funds for the RED NOSE Clowndoctors civic association, which operates a network of health clowns who support mental well-being of hospitalised children and senior citizens through humour and personal approach, thus helping their overall health condition. Unfortunately, if you have not bought the tickets already, you can only hope for no-shows as the screening sold out a long time ago.



HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School in Massai Mara, Kenya. May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved 



At 19.00, Kino Nostalgia offers you One Floor Below (Un etaj mai jos), a powerful story by Romanian director Radu Muntean who earned his spurs directing advertising spots that brought him more than 40 awards at national and international festivals. For his fiction debut, The Rage (Furia, 2002), he won the Best Debut Film award at the Transylvania Film Festival in 2003. Since then, he has become a leading representative of the Romanian new wave. His latest picture is about frustration and disorientation of a middle-aged man who struggles with his conscience. He has lived a completely ordinary life – working, taking care of his son and spending his free time with his dog – until today when he became the witness to a conflict in the neighbouring apartment that resulted in murder.





If you prefer the pleasant and intimate atmosphere of our festival lounge, you are more than welcome to stop by at Gorila.sk Urban Space and its 21.00 projection of Joel Silberg’s cult dance movie Breakin’ (1984) from the Nostalgia: VHS Stories section. The film will take you 30 years back in time when a new style of street dance took downtowns of all American cities by storm… Yes, it was break dance and if you feel like breakin’, maybe you can ask Stroon who will kick off his DJ set right after the projection, i.e. at around 22.30.




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.