Our Tips for Sunday

Like every day, we would again like to draw your attention to filmsthat are particularly worth seeing. Some of them will screen again on Monday or Tuesday but why wait?


Among entries in this year’s documentary competition is also I Am the People (Je suis le peuple), a feature-length documentary by Anna Roussillon, a young filmmaker who grew up in Cairo, Egypt, but later moved to Paris. Choosing an unusual angle to explore the Egyptian revolution, the filmpans away from the crowd protesting against President Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square and instead pulls the focus on the residents of a remote village in the Nile valley near Luxorwho follow the revolution through their TV sets but go on with their everyday peasant life that unfolds between hope and disappointment, where change is a long time coming; these are the people whose lives are not affected by the revolutionas easily as those in its epicentre who believe it only takes the tyrant’s head to change the society. The picture will screen at 10.45 in Kino Lumiére (K2).




At 13.30, Kino Mladosť will screen Mustang, a feature-length debut by Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven that not only made it among the three finalists of this year’s LUX Prize but also competes in our festival’s fiction competition. Set in a village in northern Turkey located a thousand kilometres from Istanbul and a century from any notion of women’s rights, the film tells a storyof five sisters who innocently begin to fool around with some boys while walking home from school one summer day; however, their perfectly harmless play is viewed as something deeply immoral by their parents and sets off a scandal of unexpected magnitude and consequences. Having sparked a vivid debate among experts and laymen alike, the picture became France’s official nomination for Academy Award for the best foreign language film.




The Made in Slovakiasection also features The Cleaner (Čistič), the latest film by talented Slovak director Peter Bebjak that discusses problems in communication between peopleand shows how strongly our adult life can be affected by childhood events. The story revolves around Tomáš, a young funeral service employee who cleans death scenes. This stereotype suddenly stops when the circumstances force him to hide in one of the homes he has cleaned. Tomáš develops a habit of staying in his customers’ homes and secretly spying on the lives of the bereaved from the inside; this bizarre hobby slowly turns into obsession. Since Bebjak is very much at home in the genre of spooky films as he directed the first-ever Slovak horror three years ago,we decided to screen the film at 16:00 in Kino Mladosť so that you won’t be afraid to go home afterwards.




Finally, those who are keen on guessing and discussing potential Oscar nominations should mark red the 18.15 slot at Kino Lumiére (K1), which will show Spotlight, a film from the Cinema Now section that tells a riveting true story of Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of child abuse within the Catholic Church that would uncover a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishment and eventually cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Having already clinched Brian and Silver Mouse awards at this year’s Venice IFF,the film might well become a directorial break through for versatile American filmmaker Thomas McCarthy (Visitor, 2007; Win Win, 2011) who has become known also asa talented actor (Guru, 2002; The Year of the Dog, 2007) and a gifted writer (Up, 2009 – Oscar nomination for best original screenplay).

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.