Starting on Tuesday, April 17th at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava is this intense event, which can pique the interest of viewers by offering not only big names of worldwide cinematography, classics and specialties of film but also an unmatched film festival atmosphere which is hard to replicate.
The 7th annual of Visegrad Film Forum for young filmmakers, students and film enthusiasts worldwide will offer an unusual audio-visual programme over the course of five days. This programme will be composed of lectures, film screenings and discussions with six renowned guests. It will set up a platform for collaborations of young filmmakers and it will support a mutual dialogue. This event also takes care of an informal evening programme composed of parties that can attract by offering a large scale of musical genres and performers.
For the fans of European classics
Three Colors: Blue (1993) starring French actress Juliette Binoche will be the opening movie for this year´s Visegrad Film Forum. The first part of the trilogy inspired by the Great French Revolution, directed by a true legend of Polish cinematography Krzystof Kieślovski will be personally introduced by its DOP Slawomir Idziak. The renowned cinematographer will let the visitors in on the art of transforming a literary script into film form. He will comment on his experience with Hollywood production after the screening of the futuristic film Gattaca (1997), starring the young Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law. This artist Oscar-nominated for the movie Black Hawk Down (2001) has made several movies with the director Ridley Scott – for example Proof Of Life (2000) a King Arthur (2004) and even one movie of the popular wizard series Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (2007).
For the sci-fi fans
British editor Mick Audsley, known for his cooperation with the director of fantasy movies Terry Gilliam, will hold a lecture about how a movie is made in the editing room and about the hidden power of movie material. Characters of Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis will come alive in the apocalyptic world of Twelve Monkeys (1995) and there will be a following discussion about the movie. Audsley worked on movies such as Interview with the Vampire (1994), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) and Murder on the Orient Express (2017). He was also nominated for a BAFTA for the movie Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and won BAFTA for The Snapper (1993) directed by Stephen Frears.
For the blockbusters fans
Icelandic art director and architect Eggert Ketilsson will talk about his work with Christopher Nolan and the meaning of production design and elements of mise en scene. This filmmaker’s portfolio is made out of blockbusters like Dunkirk (2017) with mupltiple nominations for Academy Awards, Batman Begins (2005) and Interstellar (2014). The list continues with Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001), Thor: Dark World (2012) a Transformers: Last Knight, but also new Star Wars: The force awakens (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
For the fans of local cinematography
Cinematography of Central Europe will be represented by well-known documentary director and music composer from Poland. Workshop about discovering the magic of reality and screening of short film section among which is one that was nominated for an Academy Award, will be held by one of the most admired filmmakers of Polish production Marcel Lozinski. Composer Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz will host a workshop about shaping mood of the film scene. Young music composer can pride himself in working with an important contemporary director Agniezska Holland, with whom he collaborated on the Academy Award nominated film In darkness (2011), co-produced Pokot (2017), or adaptation of Janosik – A True Story (2009) known especially among Slovak audience. During our event, he will introduce cinema version of the popular miniseries from HBO production Burning Bush (2013) and explain the creation of its soundtrack.
For the film noir fans and the ones which are looking for inspiration
Young French director Joan Chemla will talk about her journey from journalism to shooting her debut film If you saw his heart starring Mexican film star Gael García Bernal. Not only she fulfilled her dreams but she premiered her debut on prestige Toronto film festival. She will describe the production of her dark film noir melodrama and the follow-up presentations at the world known film festivals.
For the student talents fans
Visegrad Film Forum 2018 is renewing the concept of European film schools’ students meeting each other. Refreshing student films will be screened in unexpected pairings, which connect V4 countries with the rest of Europe. Students will communicate the circumstances and terms in which the films were born during the discussion led by film theorists of Polish University in Lodz. Friendly encounters of future filmmakers can be seen in following blocks: Czech FAMU Prague a Slovenian UL AGRFT Ljubljana, Hungarian SZFE Budapest a Finnish OAMK Oulu, Polish WRiTv Katowice a Latvian LMTA Vilnius and students from local FTF VŠMU Bratislava and film school from Bosnia and Herzegovina ASU Sarajevo.
For the night life fans
Get to know genius loci of Bratislava’s night clubs and bars which will host five juicy music events throughout the five days. Tuesday will be haunted by retro rock’n’roll spirit in Kafé Scherz, Wednesday offers pop guilty pleasures and eclectic electronica in Bukowski Bar, and on Thursday in collaboration with Fjúžn festival we will introduce Argentinian band Colectivo Panamera along with Slovak Bad Karma Boy. On Friday we will continue with exploring New Cvernovka venue again with festival Fjúžn and DJs who mash up different tracks and various cultural influences. After the string of concerts and parties we will finish on Saturday at Subclub with mad techno beats from resident DJs of Berlin, Milan and Serbian clubs.
Visegrad Film Forum 2018
Date: April 17-21, 2018
Place: Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Venue: Film and TV Faculty VŠMU
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Spot 2018 youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aszBejEzPH0