In the sunset of his life and aware of the inevitable – this is how Marián
Varga, the iconic character of Slovak big beat, is seen and portrayed up
close and personal by an aspiring Slovak directress, Soňa Maletzová who
sketches a portrait of an artist as an old man. “We are here for a moment,
by accident,” says the staunch admirer of Albert Camus while puffing from
his inseparable cigar. For some time, he tried to replace them with electronic
cigarettes but when he learned about his deadly diagnosis and poor
prospects, the doctors didn’t even bother to reprimand him. Ingenuously
editing archive footage, the film condenses various decades of Varga’s life
and career into integral music numbers in which the same composition
echoes through interpretations from various periods. His mortal frame along
perhaps with his style of playing and temperament changes visibly; however,
somewhere beneath Varga remains admirably unchanged, artistically and
humanly consistent.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
  • Country:
    Slovakia, Czech Republic
  • Director:
    Soňa Maletzová
  • Screenplay:
    Soňa Maletzová
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Soňa Maletzová, Maxim Kľujev
  • Music:
    Marián Varga, Collegium Musicum, Prúdy
  • Editor:
    Marek Šulík
  • Cast:
    Marián Varga, Jana Vargová, Fedor Frešo, František Griglák, Pavol Hammel, Martin Valihora, Peter Bálik
  • Production:
    Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Sentimentalfilm, Česká televize, FAMU
  • Festivals:
    Jihlava 2017


12.11.2017 20:00 Kino Lumière (K2) (Q&A with Soňa Maletzová)

About the Director:

Soňa Maletzová

Soňa Maletzová (1992, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia) is a documentary directress and photographer. This year, she graduated from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) with her mid-length documentary on Marián Varga. As a photographer, she has held exhibitions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. Her series on Bratislava’s suburbs was acknowledged by the Slovak Press Photo. She also makes music videos, working primarily with the band called Queer Jane.