BRATISLAVA: Slovak producers usually prefer to
coproduce with partners in the Visegrad region.
The Czech Republic has always been the most important coproduction
country for Slovak filmmakers, followed
by Poland and Hungary. This year was no exception, with Czech-Slovak
coproductions accounting for eight of the 11 Slovak films released since the
beginning of 2011.
Among them was Gypsy, a €1,000,000 drama by Martin Šulík about a young Roma man
who finds himself in a conflict with racial, social, and cultural prejudice and
the unwritten laws of his own Roma community, which eventually drive him to a
fatal action - the murder of a man. Coproduced by the director's own company Titanic, Slovak Television (www.stv.sk)
and the Czech Republic's In Film (www.infilm.cz) owned by
Slovak producer Rudolf Biermann, the film has already received several prizes
in Europe and has been nominated as Slovakia's entry for the Academy Award as Best
Another important Czech-Slovak
coproduction was the documentary Nicky's
Family, which is the sequel to director Matej Mináč's 2002 International
Emmy award-winning film Nicholas Winton -
The Power of Good about the saving of 669 Slovak and Czech children. The
€1,300,000 feature was co-produced by Slovakia's Trigon Production (www.trigon-production.sk) and the
Czech Republic's W.I.P. production company.
Notable Czech-Slovak releases in
2011 also include Identity Card by
Ondřej Trojan, budgeted at €1,400,000 and co-produced by PubRes (www.pubres.sk) and Total HelpArt (www.tha.cz); The
House by young Slovak director Zuzana Liová, coproduced by Fog'n'Desire
Samastinor (www.samastinor.cz) and Sokol Kollár (www.kollarfilm.com); and The Matchmaking Mayor by Erika Hníková,
budgeted at €235,000 and co-produced by UN FILM (www.unfilm.sk)
and Endorfilm (www.endorfilm.cz).
Out of the total of 17 movies to be
released in Slovakia between October and December 2011, there will be only five
international co-productions, out of which three will be Czech-Slovak
coproductions (Jaroslav Vojtek's
The Gypsies Go to Election, co-produced by Mandala Pictures (www.mandalapictures.eu) and
Fog'n'Desire Films (www.fogndesirefilms.cz); Jakub Króner's Love, co-produced by Inoutstudio (www.inoutstudio.sk) and Evolution
Films (www.evolutionfilms.cz); and
Robert Kirchhoff's Normalisation,
co-produced by Atelier.doc (www.atelierdoc.sk)
and Hypermarket Film (www.hypermarketfilm.cz).
There will also be one
Czech-Slovak-Polish co-production, Confidant
by Juraj Nvota, which is a coproduction from Attack Film (www.attackfilm.sk), Maxi Film TV, Czech
and Apple Film Production (www.applefilm.pl).
Based on a true story from the period of occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968,
the movie has a budget of €1,780,000 and is intended for a domestic release in
The only Slovak movie involving a
non-Visegrad partner to be released before the end of this year will be Alois Nebel, an animated full-length
feature by Tomáš Luňák based on a graphic novel of the same title. The move is
a coproduction from Slovakia's Tobogang (www.tobogang.com),
Czech Republic's Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz)
and Negativ (www.negativ.cz), and
Germany's Pallas Film (www.pallasfilm.com).
The ratio of Czech-Slovak
coproductions as compared to all coproductions will continue at roughly the
same level in 2012. However, there are a few exceptions. Slovakia's PubRes (www.pubres.sk) will participate as a minority
coproducer together with the Czech Republic's Bionaut Films (www.bionaut.cz) and Romania's Media
Pro Pictures (www.mediapropictures.com)
in A Strange Story, a €2,000,000
feature currently being developed by Václav
Švankmajer. Tomáš Krnáč has found an Irish partner, Zanzibar Films (www.zanzibarfilms.net), for his
self-produced €1,450,000 comedy/drama portraying a young musician struggling
with life and love currently in production.
The Slovak television industry has increased
its development of coproductions recently. The public-service broadcaster,
Slovak Television (www.stv.sk), has participated
in several cross-border projects, but does not initiate them.
TV Markíza (www.markiza.sk), Slovakia's leading
broadcaster operated by Central European Media Enterprises (www.cetv-net.com), rarely engages in
international cooproductions except when it comes to format shows, which are
often coproduced with CME's Czech station TV Nova (www.nova.cz).
TV JOJ usually follows the same
policy as Markíza. However, this recently changed when its management announced
earlier in 2011 that it would coproduce Maf
Story Movie, a €2,000,000 feature
by Vladislav Struhár and Ivan Huljak based on a popular sitcom produced by TV
JOJ, thus joining a group of coproducers including the Czech-Slovak Farbyka
Production (www.farbyka.sk), the Czech
Republic's Barrandov Studio (www.barrandov.cz),
and Slovakia's AVI Studio (www.avistudio.sk).
It marks the first time that a Slovak private broadcaster has joined a major
feature-film coproduction project.