KOŠICE: Twelve films will compete at Art Film Fest, which runs 16 to 24 June in the eastern Slovak city Košice.
The 25th edition of the festival will introduce 176 titles, including 12 films in the International Competition of Feature Films and 36 films in the International Competition of Short, Films which will vie for Art Film Fest’s grand prizes: the Blue Angels.
In both competitions Slovakia is well represented, including brand-new releases screened at Cannes, such as the films Out (produced by sentimentalfilm, KMH Film Productions, endorfilm, Mirage, Punkchart films, RTVS, FAMU) by Gyorgy Kristóf, Filthy (produced by BFilm and coproduced by Moloko Film) and the short film Atlantis, 2003 (produced by the Academy of Performing Arts and coproduced by FAMU) directed by Michal Blaško.
“I’m very pleased that we’ve managed to acquire films for both competitions that attracted international attention at the world’s most prestigious film festival. This is the very first time that our main competition includes two Slovak films,” notes Art Film Fest’s artistic director Peter Nágel.
This year the festival will add a new honorary prize: the Festival President’s Award, which will be given to Jiří Bartoška, president of the Karlovy Vary IFF. The Actor’s Mission Award will be bestowed upon Czech actor Ondřej Vetchý and distinguished Slovak actress and politician Magda Vášáryová. Art Film Fest’s Golden Camera will go to two film professionals for their major contributions to cinema: Slovak director Dušan Trančík and Czech director Jan Hřebejk.
The list of feature competition films:
After the War / Dopo la guerra (France, Italy)Directed by Annarita Zambrano
Filthy / Špina (Slovakia, Czechia)Directed by Tereza NvotováProduced by BFilmCoproduced by Moloko FilmSupported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fundand the Czech Cinematography Fund
Glory / Slava (Bulgaria, Greece)Directed by Petar Valchanov, Kristina GrozevaProduced by AbraxasCoproduced by Graal Film, Screening Emotions, Aporia Filmworks,Red Carpet, Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Greek Film Centre
Heartstone / Hjartasteinn (Denmark, Iceland)Directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
Mad World / Yat nim mou ming (Hong Kong)Directed by Chun Wong
Out (Slovakia, Hungary, Czechia)Directed by Gyorgy KristófProduced by sentimentalfilm, KMH Film Productions, endorfilm, Mirage, Punkchart films, RTVS, FAMUSupported by Audiovizuálny fond, Magyar Nemzeti Filmalap, Státní fond kinematografie
Playground / Plac Zabaw (Poland)Directed by Bartosz M. KowalskiProduced by Film ItSupported by the Polish Film Institute
Pop Aye (Singapur, Thailand)Directed by Kristen Tan
Pure Hearts / Cuori puri (Italy)Directed by Roberto de Paolis
The Eremites / Die Einsiedler (Germany, Austria)Directed by Ronny Trocker
The Nile Hilton Incident (Sweden, Denmark, Germany)Directed by Tarik Saleh
Western (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria)Directed by Valeska Grisebach