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The Border – Slovak National Nomination for Oscar 2011 - Best Foreign Language Film

2010-09-20

The Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) decided to nominate the film The Border (orig. Hranica, dir. Jaro Vojtek) as the Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award 2011. SFTA members selected the film from among 3 titles eligible for the nomination according to the criteria of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

  • The Border (orig. Hranica, dir. Jaro Vojtek)

  • The Legend of Flying Cyprian (orig. Legenda o lietajúcom Cypránovi, dir. Mariana Čengel Solčanská)

  • Mongolia - In the Shadow of Genghis Khan (orig. Mongolsko - v tieni Džingischána, dir. Pavol Barabáš)


About The Border
SK - 72 min. - 2009
dir.: Jaro Vojtek
screenplay: Jaro Vojtek, Marek Leščák
DoP: Tomáš Stanek, Jaro Vojtek
editor: Maroš Šlapeta, Zuzana Cséplő
Producers: Dávid Čorba, Mário Homolka
production: LEON Productions

Synopsis:

{mosimage}During the night of August 30, 1946, the village of Slemence on the eastern European border, was divided by the Red Army into two parts. One part, Veľké Slemence, remained in Slovakia [former Czechoslovakia]; the other part was renamed Malé Slemence and became a part of Ukraine [in the former Soviet Union]. The absurdly demarked border, similar to the famed Berlin Wall, divides estates, the cemetery, and closest families up to this day. This documentary pictures the bitter experience of people from Slemence, who dream of the opening of the most closely-watched border of the European Union.

The Border had its world premiere at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2009 and was awarded the main prize of the Between the Seas Competition as the "Best East European Documentary 2009.
In addition, the Slovak Film and Television Academy nominated The Border for the European Film Academy Documentary Award 2010.