Omerzu, Šafránek, Bojar, and Červenka will present their new films in Bratislava

Made In CZ/SK is one of Bratislava IFF loadbearing sections. In connection with the recent one-hundredth anniversary of the formation of the First Czechoslovak Republic, the section reflects a continuous and successful filmmaking cooperation of the two neighbouring countries. This year’s selection will present several recent films, some of which also originated in Czech-Slovak co-production.

 

Winter Flies (Všechno bude, 2018) is the work of one of the most talented Slovenian-Czech directors on the scene, Olmo Omerzu. The film is a road movie about the teenage friendship of Mára and Heduš. Despite their young age (14 and 12), the boys steal a car and set out on an adventurous ride. When caught by the police, their way to freedom is vanishing. This, however, gives the viewer an opportunity to try and discern which stories from the police station are real and which ones are just a clever product of the boys’ imaginations. The film is a Czech nominee for Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Three years ago, Bratislava IFF’s Fiction Competition presented the author’s debut Family Film, for which Omerzu received the Czech Film Critics’ Award as co-writer of the screenplay. This year, the Slovak première of Winter Flies will be presented by Omerzu himself.

 

King Skate (2018) is the first feature-length documentary about the emergence of skateboarding in the socialist Czechoslovakia. Its director Šimon Šafránek is a journalist with a liking for music documentary and video production, which is apparent in the film as well. The authors follow the70s and 80s expanding subculture embodied by young people striving to achieve freedom and not lose zest for life in spite of the prevailing lack of freedom brought about by the totalitarian regime. The film’s authenticity is strengthened by alternating black and white clips from the amateur filmmakers’ archives with current testimonies of actors, and cleverly chosen, striking soundtrack. The film premiered in Karlovy Vary, one of the main centres of pre-revolutionary skateboarding. The director will visit Bratislava and introduce his film in person.

 

Another special guest to attend the festival is the Czech filmmaker Tomáš Bojar with his Breaking News (Mimořádná zpráva, 2018). The documentary depicts one hectic day in two separate newsrooms expecting Milos Zeman, the sitting Czech president, to announce if he intends to run for re-election. The film offers a glimpse into the backstage newsroom work of Czech Television and Hospodářské noviny daily while pondering the objectiveness of news reporting, as renderings of the same event may be far from similar. In 2012 Bojar visited the Bratislava IFF and presented the film Two Nil as its co-writer.

 

Next in the section of Czech and Slovak films is the chamber piece Talks with TGM (Hovory s TGM, Jakub Červenka, 2018). The historical feature film is based on an eponymous publication by Karel Čapek, which wrote about the life of the first Czechoslovak president as well as about his political, religious and philosophical opinions. It depicts an encounter of two giants of the Czechoslovak history as they walk in a park in Topoľčianky. The politician is halfway decided to stop the publishing of a book that depicts him in an all too intimate light. The writer argues by saying that even the president is only flesh and blood and people have the right to get to know him better. The character of Masaryk is played by the renowned Slovak actor Martin Huba, laureate of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award and holder of the memorial tile on the Film Walk of Fame in front of the P. O. Hviezdoslav Theatre in Bratislava, who accepted the award at the closing ceremony of the 18th Bratislava IFF. The role of Karel Čapek was performed by the Czech actor, director, screenwriter and musician Jan Budař, holder of four Czech Lion awards, best known for the film Boredom in Brno.

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.

The curators of the section Lexicon: Female gaze, festival programmer Tomáš Hudák and the director of this year’s festival spot Ivana Hucíková, have focused on the status of women in cinema, their portrayal in film, and the uniqueness of a woman’s experience.

Made In CZ/SK is one of Bratislava IFF loadbearing sections. In connection with the recent one-hundredth anniversary of the formation of the First Czechoslovak Republic, the section reflects a continuous and successful filmmaking cooperation of the two neighbouring countries. This year’s selection will present several recent films, some of which also originated in Czech-Slovak co-production.