KOSICE: Eleven full-length films and four short films will screen in the packed Slovak Season section of the 26th Art Film Fest, which runs 15 – 23 June in the Eastern Slovak city of Kosice.
Seven of the films are features and four are full-length documentaries. Most of the films are coproductions, but both young and mature generations of Slovak filmmakers are solidly represented. The section includes three episodes of the short documentary cycle Constructing Slovakia directed by Bibiana Beňová and produced by Peter Kerekes and coproduced by Slovak public broadcaster RTVS.
The lineup includes the Slovak box office hit The Line by actor-turned-director Peter Bebjak, a Slovak/Ukranian coproduction (Wandal Produktion) and Martin Sulik’s Slovak/Czech/Austrian film The Interpreter (Titanic s.r.o., InFilm Praha, coop99 Filmproduktion), which features two high-powered stars: Jiri Menzel and Peter Simonischek.
Tereza Nvotova, a rising star in Slovakia, is represented with her documentary film Meciar (PubRes, HBO Europe, Negativ) and her father, director Juraj Nvota, also makes the cut with the documentary Elsewhere (Alef Film and Media, Ateliery Bonton Zlin, UN Film, Filmpark production), co-directed by Marian Urban. The section also includes the latest film by another Slovak director making an international name for himself, the coming-of-age film Nina (Punkchart Films) by Juraj Lehotsky.
Art Film Fest will announce its international competition line-up on 5 June 2018.
Films in the Slovak Season section:
Intimate Enemy (Slovakia, Czech Republic)Directed by Karel JanakProduced by Attack Film, Bohemia Motion Pictures, Czech TV, RTVS
Insect (Czech Republic, Slovakia)Directed by Jan SvankmajerProduced by Athanor, Czech TV, PubResSupported by Czech Film Fund
Elsewhere (Slovakia, Czech Republic)Directed by Juraj Nvota, Marian UrbanProduced by Alef Film and Media, Ateliery Bonton Zlin, UN Film, Filmpark production
The Flower Shop (Belgium, Slovakia)Directed by Ruben DesiereProduced by Accatone Film, Mandala Pictures, RTVS
Meciar (Slovakia, Czech Republic)Directed by Tereza NvotovaProduced by PubRes in coproduction with HBO Europe and NegativSupported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Czech Film Fund
Dubček (Slovakia, Czech Republic) Directed by Laco Halama Produced by Filmpark production Coproduced by RTVS, Czech TV Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund
Nina (Slovakia, Czech Republic) Directed by Juraj Lehotský Produced by Punkchart Films Coproduced by Lehotsky Film, sentimentalfilm , RTVS, Czech Television, endorfilm Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund, MEDIA Programme, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing Region
The Line / Čiara (Slovakia, Ukraine) Directed by Peter Bebjak Produced by Wandal Production Coproduced by Garnet International Media Group, RTVS, HomeMedia Production and Martin Kohút Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the MEDIA Programme, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing Region
The Interpreter (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria)Directed by Martin SulikProduced by Titanic s.r.o., InFilm Praha, coop99 Filmproduktion, RTVS, Czech TV
Constructing Slovakia (three episodes) (Slovakia)Directed by Bibiana BeňováProduced by Peter Kerekes Coproduced by Slovak public broadcaster RTVS
Valek (Slovakia)Directed by Patrik LancaricProduced by beetleCoproduced by Punkchart Films, RTVSSupported by Slovak Audiovisual Fund
Yellow (Slovakia)Directed by Ivana Sebestova