WROCLAW: In a bid to bring more American producers to Poland, the 7th American Film Festival (which ran through 30 October 2016) handed out a bevy of postproduction awards to five US films presented at the US in Progress Wroclaw industry programme.

Bratislava International Film Festival’s (BIFF) main theme programme section, which this year focuses on the city, will present a colourful palette of motion pictures, ranging from popular stories about the life in town to film essays to modern variations of urban symphony, a favourite genre of film avant-gardists.

One of the strongest films on this year’s festival programme is Aquarius (2016), a beautiful film about the memory of a place made by Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho. Having the scope and multi-faceted approach of a classic novel, it tells the story of a woman who defies an insensitive developer that is about to destroy the neighbourhood she grew up in. Played by the still captivating Brazilian star, Sonia Braga, the character of Clara lived most of her life in an apartment building an ambitious developer is now planning to turn into a modern multi-functional centre. Her decision to fight back brings about discomfort and even direct danger. At the same time, it resuscitates her passion for life and awakens her thoughts of love she has given up on somehow. Aquarius had its world premiere as part of the main competition at the Cannes IFF.

Art school classmates Krzystof a Michał, lead characters of All These Sleepless Nights (Wszystkie nieprzespane noce, 2016) by Michał Marczak, a prominent figure of the new generation of Polish filmmakers, lead a wild night life. They wander through the streets of Warsaw, striving to seize the night and enjoy their youth by bouncing from one party to another and falling in love head over heels every now and then. They constantly test the city limits and are eager to push them every chance they get; at the same time, they test the limits of their mutual friendship. Buoying somewhere between fiction and documentary where Marczak feels most comfortable as a filmmaker, this film about two young people and one city won Directing Award at this year’s Sundance film festival.

The creative output of Vincent Moon, one of the most original authors of music documentaries today, has always been closely related to the theme of city. He was the prime mover behind Take Away Shows, a project aimed at shooting indie-rock stars in the streets of Paris and capturing their hits in somewhat vulnerable acoustic arrangements, left at the mercy of sounds made by a pulsating city. The festival’s urban section will present five films from his Little Planets (Petites Planètes, 2010-2011) collection, which represents Moon’s more recent, nomadic identity of an ethnographer who travels around the world recording traditional, artificial and experimental music.

Our choice of this year’s main theme has been strongly affected by the identity of BIFF, which is basically an urban festival that constantly seeks its place in the ever-changing landscape of film festivals. This theme is also reflected in the official spot of the 18th edition of BIFF that has been created by Filmaari, a tandem of young Slovak filmmakers. Comprising Jana Suržinová andMiroslav Gerbel, Filmaari specialise in creating and producing commercial spots, music videos and short films. Inspired by this edition’s main theme and basic physical and technical principles of film projection, they animated 

the festival logo as a mysterious visitor who discovers and occupies city nooks. The music for the festival spot was composed by Pjoni, musician and producer who is considered a star of contemporary Slovak electronic music scene.

Complementing the festival’s central theme will be a series of side events, open discussions and commented screenings that will take the theme and reflect it outside the “safe zone” of festival cinemas.

A special programme section entitled Flashback: U.S. Presidential Elections will reflect on perhaps the most fiercely debated political event of this year. The Bratislava film festival will contribute to this discourse by presenting a small retrospect of U.S. presidential elections as captured by documentary filmmakers, offering a flashback at their modern history just days after its latest chapter has been written. That modern history has been strongly affected by the onset of the means of mass-communication, including film and television, which irreversibly changed the style of political campaigning and placed all candidates under close public scrutiny. From Primary (1960), a canonical work of “direct cinema” that follows vying of John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humprey for Democratic presidential nomination, to remarkable Election Day (2007) – this programme section may also serve as an introduction to the rich tradition of American documentary film, or at least its political leg.

The festival’s educational dimension has been reinforced last year when we introduced Lexicon, a programme section whose main ambition is to encourage festival-goers’ critical thought, provide an additional platform for discussion and explain basic cinema terms in a popular way. This year, the section is dedicated to colour. The choice of films has been affected by the desire to show different approaches to coloration as perceived in different periods in the history of cinema. For several decades, the film had been an exclusively black-and-white medium. The arrival of technical innovations allowed filmmakers to work with colour and use it as a new vehicle toward visual meaning, symbolism and aesthetics. “Particularly interesting in this context is additional colouring of black-and-white pictures – not only in early stages of cinema when it substituted a non-existent technology but even more so in the 1980s when it was a purely social and commercial thing,” explained the section’s curator Tomáš Hudák. Perhaps the greatest hit of the section will be The Wizard of Oz (1939) by Victor Fleming, one of the first “big pictures” shot in 4th generation Technicolor. The film uses colour to separate the two worlds visually: the bleak reality is shot monochromatically while the joyful dream world is shot in lush colours. Whether colour fans or not, festival-goers will have a unique chance to see one of the most legendary fairy-tale musicals of all time featuring unforgettable Judy Garland – and on the big screen, too! Another masterpiece selected to the section is Contempt (Le Mépris, 1963) by Jean-Luc Godard.

This year, the Focus section will aim at contemporary Croatian cinema. The section will feature successful films from recent years such as These are the Rules (Takva su pravila, 2014), a psychological drama about helpless parents facing glaring injustice for the first time, or On the Other Side (S one strane, 2016), a drama about a woman who has been 

trying to forget a past tragedy for twenty years before it knocks on her door unexpectedly. The young generation of Croatian filmmakers is represented by Hana Jušić with her second feature-length film, Quit Staring at my Plate (Ne Gledaj mi u pijat, 2016), while the older generation of festival-goers will certainly appreciate Generation 68 (Generacija ’68, 2016), a documentary by Nenad Puhovski who will also sit on one of the film festival’s jury panels this year.

Cinema Now and Europa sections traditionally present an overview of the most remarkable films released over the past 12 months, audiences’ favourites and winning pictures from world’s most prestigious film festivals. Cinema Now will present a directorial feature debut by American actor Nate Parker, The Birth of Nation (2016), a potential Academy Award candidate that will not reach Slovak audiences through commercial distribution, as well as Werner Herzog’s chronicle of the Internet entitled Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016). The Europa section features The Student (Uchenik, 2016), a Russian film screened at the Cannes IFF, or The Sun, the Sun Blinded me (Słońce, to słońce mnie oślepiło, 2016) a Polish film inspired by Camus’ The Stranger. A separate Europa Special section will present a triplet of finalists competing for this year’s LUX Film Prize: As I Open my Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux, 2015), Toni Erdmann (2016) and My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette, 2016).

BIFF is proud to welcome Alex Ross Perry, a rising star of American independent cinema who will arrive in Bratislava to present all of his films in person, as well as Rade Šerbedžija, a world-known Croatian actor who appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s final motion picture and will also arrive in Bratislava in early stages of the festival to receive the Award for Artistic Excellence in World Cinema.

The 18th edition of BIFF will take place in three theatres of Kino Lumière as well as in Kino Mladosť and Kino Nostalgia. Like last year, Gorila.sk Urban Space will host the festival’s official lounge. Besides pleasant atmosphere, festival-goers will find special screenings and some of the festival’s side events here.

For latest updates on the programme of the Bratislava International Film Festival, please visit our official website at www.bratislavaiff.sk  or our official Facebook account at www.facebook.com/bratislavaiff

18th BRATISLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
November 11 – 17, 2016
Kino Lumiere, Kino Mladost, Kino Nostalgia, Gorila.sk Urban Space

Main Organisers: Partners Production, Ars Nova civic association

The Festival is held with the generous financial support of Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Bratislava Self-Governing Region and the Embassy of the United States of America to the Slovak Republic.

Main Partners: Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, KiK textil a Non-Food, Transpetrol

COME AND EXPERIENCE IT! 

 

The anniversary 20th edition of the Jihlava IDFF will kick off tomorrow at 8 PM with the premiere of Helena’s Law by Czech documentary maker and actress Petra Nesvačilová. Her feature-length debut provides a deep but sensitive look at the life of accused and sentenced gangsters of the ill-famed Berdych gang. The six following festival days will offer 310 documentary titles, dozens of events organised as part of the Industry Programme and many diverse accompanying events.

The Lighthouse will guide your steps through Jihlava

A new industry zone – Lighthouse – has been erected on Jihlava’s Masaryk Square. Its structure consists of glass City modules supplied by KOMA Modular which made its mark last year with the construction of the Czech Expo pavilion in Milan in Italy. The Lighthouse houses an exhibition organised on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the festival and it will serve as a meeting point for hundreds of film professionals visiting Jihlava. For a comprehensive list of our industry guests check out our online Industry Guide. The Lighthouse will also feature Café Fond brought to you by the Czech Film Fund.

Jihlava IDFF’s Industry Programme brimming with events for film professionals

In addition to the festival’s traditional events and projects – the Emerging ProducersInspiration ForumConference Fascinations and Festival Identity – this year’s Industry Programme will newly feature a host of discussions, case studies and presentations in our specially-designed Lighthouse. In conjunction with the Czech Film Centre, Czech filmmakers will introduce their latest films shortlisted for the Czech Joy competition, and this year’s Visegrad Accelerator will bring together representatives of national film institutes and film critics from the region of Central Europe. Download the complete Industry Programme here.

The Inspiration Forum to host Chinese journalist and Russian playwright

The previously announced Inspiration Forum’s guest, American psychologist Philip Zimbardo, will be joined by other two lecturers. Chang Ping is a Chinese journalist living in German exile. In his country, Ping has been repeatedly persecuted for delving in burning social and political issues such as the feminist movement, Chinese politics and the situation in Tibet. The third guest will be Russian playwright Mikhail Durnenkov, one of the founders of the influential Togliatti New Drama School in Russia. You can read more information about the unique Inspiration Forum here.

Jihlava is more than just a film festival

In addition to our showcase of high-quality films, the festival visitors can look forward to a wealth of accompanying events. In the Game Zone, you will experience interactive documentary films or web-docs and educational documentary computer games. Jihlava will host cabaret and theatre shows, carefully selected music programme performed in clubs and churches, author readings, radio documentaries and exhibitions. For more information regarding the accompanying programme click here.

KineDok presents the successful film, Domino Effect

International project KineDok organizes screenings of outstanding documentaries and debates with guests at unconventional venues. Come and experience the atmosphere in Jihlava, at 6 PM on October 26, when the beautiful Church of Exaltation of the Holy Cross will turn into a cinema. Drop by to see the multi-award-winning film Domino Effect taking place in the war-devastated Abkhazia, and discuss it over a drink with Milan Štefanec, an expert on the region. Free entry, English friendly.

The Jihlava Manifesto (1996-2017) for free at DAFilms.com

From October 24 to November 6, your online documentary cinema DAFilms.com presents a selection of film essays screened at the Jihlava IDFF. These include films straddling documentary and experimental film, containing elements of animation and special flavours ranging from western through human rights and philosophy to art. Don’t miss the greatest festival gems of the past twenty years online!

Starting Oct 25, hundreds of film professionals will take part in the Industry Programme of the 20th Jihlava IDFF

A new Industry zone under the name Lighthouse has been erected on Jihlava’s Masaryk Square to house a major part of the Industry Programme and to host almost one thousand film professionals who are expected to join this year’s anniversary edition of the Jihlava IDFF.

A list of film professionals at Jihlava IDFF can be found in the Industry Guide, the complete Jihlava Industry programme is available for download here.

Please find enclosed information about the Industry Programme of the 20th Jihlava IDFF in the attached press release.

Contact:

René Kubášek
International Communication
20TH JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL / Oct 25 – 30, 2016
www.dokument-festival.com

WARSAW: The international TV and broadband company Liberty Global announced the acquisition of the cable business Multimedia Polska through Liberty Global’s subsidiary UPC Poland. Multimedia Polska is valued at 3 bln PLN.

Press Release 10/2016
Cottbus, 21 October 2016

U18 Youth Film Competition now tri-national

The 26th FilmFestival Cottbus welcomes the Czech Republic joining the U18 Youth Film Competition. This will be the first time Polish, Czech and German films will feature in this section's programme.

In five feature films and three short feature films, the directors offer with openness and curiosity a direct insight into the life of adolescents today. For instance, the Polish film WAVES tells the story of how two teenage girls training as hairdressers try to escape the daily grind and challenges of family life - or what is left of it. The German production VIKTORIA sees a Paralympic winner developing a moral conflict when she experiences the miracle of regaining her ability to walk. In ROAD-MOVIE from the Czech Republic, a young man and a young woman, friends from school days, embark on a journey from Prague to Austria in an old Ford Taunus. Also in the U18 Youth Film Competition: the screen adaptation CENTER OF MY
WORLD based on the bestselling novel of the same name by the successful author of books for children and young people, Andreas Steinhöfel. All film screenings will be followed by an opportunity to talk to the directors, screenwriters and actors.

A jury of six Polish, German and Czech pupils from Zielona Góra, Cottbus and Teplice in North Bohemia will decide on who will take home the prize for Best Youth Film. The award is endowed with EUR 3,000 donated by the Verein für Film- und Medienpädagogik Cottbus e.V. (Association for Film and Media Education Cottbus) in the context of a project funded by the Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung (Brandenburg State Institute for Political Education).

In addition, a student meeting will take place from 9 to 11 November during the 26th FilmFestival Cottbus with more than 50 grammar school pupils from the above-mentioned three cities. Jaroslaw Godlewski, coordinator of the student meeting explains: "The pupils will watch films from the U18 Youth Film Competition and the series 'Searching for traces: German-Czech-Polish history in a state of flux', will discuss these and exchange their views. The adolescents will bring with them many emotions, experiences and stories from their respective countries. By meeting and talking to each other, they as a young generation can build new bridges and further consolidate the existing ones."

The section U18 Youth Film Competition is organised in cooperation with the Verein für Film- und Medienpädagogik Cottbus e.V. and funded by the Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.

For the 26th time, from 8 to 13 November 2016, the FilmFestival Cottbus will be the most important stage for Eastern European cinema. The FilmFestival Cottbus receives significant support from the Federal State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, the City of Cottbus, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. For further information as well as for broadcast- and print-quality images, please feel free to contact our PR and Marketing Managers Jenni Ellwanger, Anne-Kathrin Schöler-Rensch and Maria Tschanter. Telephone: +49 (355) 4310714/-26/-13; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

List of titles U18 Youth Film Competition

BABY BUMP | BABY BUMP | BABY BUMP: KUBA CZEKAJ, PL 2015, 90 MIN

DIE MITTE DER WELT | DIE MITTE DER WELT | CENTER OF MY WORLD: JAKOB M. ERWA, DE/AT 2016, 115 MIN

FALE | WELLEN | WAVES: GRZEGORZ ZARICZNY, PL 2015, 78 MIN

ANI VE SNU | NICHT MAL IM TRAUM! | IN YOUR DREAMS!: PETR OUKROPEC, CZ/SK/BG 2016, 76 MIN

ROAD-MOVIE | ROAD-MOVIE | ROAD-MOVIE: MARTIN JELÍNEK, CZ 2015, 88 MIN

halblangXdrei 3 Kurzfilme, DE/PL 2015-2016, 87 MIN

GEWITTERZELLEN | GEWITTERZELLEN | STORM CELLS: JAKOB SCHMIDT, DE 2015, 31 MIN

ADAPTACJA | ADAPTATION | ADAPTATION: BARTOSZ KRUHLIK, PL 2016, 25 MIN

VIKTORIA | VIKTORIA | VIKTORIA: MÓNICA LIMA, DE 2015, 31 MIN

On Saturday, the 22 of October 2016, the Gala Awards of Astra Film Festival 2016 took place at Thalia Hall in Sibiu, during which the award winning films of the 23rd edition were announced. Forty films were included in the four competitive sections: OutStanDox, Central and Eastern Europe, Romania and DocSchool.

The films in the Astra Film Festival competition were judged by a jury consisting of 12 prominent professionals from the international film industry: Alexander Weiss, Barbara Orlicz-Szczypula, Claire Aguilar, Cristi Puiu, Ileana Bîrsan, Julia Teichmann, Martichka Bozhilova, Michael Stewart, Nick Bradshaw, Sara Garcia, Veton Nurkollari and Vlad Petri.

The OutstanDox award was granted to the film Changa Revisited (directed by Peter Biella) for its rich simplicity, elegant editing and the ability to discover the universal in a certain place in the whole wide world.

The Dazzling Light of Sunset (directed by Salome Jashi), a film that depicts the life of a small community through the eyes of a television reporter, made by a director who proposes a creative cinematic aesthetic and puts on screen amazing image compositions, was the jury’s choice for Best Central and Eastern Europe documentary award. In the same competitive section, the film Abdul & Hamza (directed by Marko Grba Singh) received The Special Jury Mention. The film brings a hot issue of contemporary world to the fore, namely migration, through a mix of reality and fiction in a fluid editing building an inovative piece of filmmaking.

A Mere Breath (directed by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan) – Best Romanian documentary award at Astra Film Festival 2016 follows for seven years the dynamics of a family from Copșa Mică: while the father is asking God for help so that his youngest daughter would cure of her progressive illness, withn the family there are transformations which irreversibly change the relations between them.

The Romanian documentary award for best direction went to Botond Püsök for the film Angela. The close relationship between the director and the protagonist give us the opportunity to enter the intimate space of a young Roma woman who struggles to meet the expectations of the community in which she lives and to be herself at the same time. The trap of manipulation, so frequent in films about the Roma minority, is carefully avoided.

The award for best student documentary – Best DocSchool Award was won by the films 1 Building and 40 People Dancing (directed by Miki Polonski) for the mature and assumed directorship, approach, characters, images and soundtrack, representing the cinematic picture of the relationship lodger-lodging space.

For the ingenuity of the approach of a current global issue transported to the micro level of a local community, the jury offered the Award for original approach in a Docschool film to Those (directed by Krizstina Meggyes).

In its 23 years of existence, AFF was often home for films and events about the most controversial and unsettling realities of our world, thanks to the efforts of filmmakers who dedicate years to immerse into and understand unknown or improperly known areas of society.  Astra Film has the honour to offer the Special Award to Liviu Tipuriță for his film The New Gypsy Kings, for theeffort of a dedicated filmmaker, for his contribution to gain access and to present the little known backstage and story of MANELE singers  from Romania.   

Astra Film Festival has had the honour the offer the Excellency award to the filmmaker Cristi Puiu, for his outstanding contribution to world cinema.Mr Puiu is not by chance a long-time friend and collaborator of this festival and the of documentary cinema: ”there is only one cinema –he says, the term fiction and documentary are just administrative labels”. The entire motivation can be read here. His film Sieranevada opened this years edition of the festival and it is Romania’s entry for the 2017 Oscars for best foreign film.

The awarded films can be seen again on Sunday, the 23 of October 2016, at 12:00 pm at Auditorium Hall, at 1:00 pm at Thalia Hall, and at 2:00 pm at Astra Film Cinema. Also on Sunday at 7:00 pm at Thalia Hall the film Sieranevada will be screened, and between 9:00 am and 11:00 pm, in the dome theatre in Piața Mare, the audience in Sibiu has the opportunity to view 360 degree films.

The full programme on Sunday: http://astrafilm.ro/program-orar.aspx?day=7 

Official promo: https://youtu.be/fSPshWltgt0

The 46th Kiev International Film Festival ‘Molodist‘ will begin tomorrow with the participation of Lithuania as a guest country. The programme of the festival will include the latest Lithuanian films and a special section dedicated to the filmmaker Vytautas Žalakevičius.

‘I'm sure that our audience will be happy to accept Lithuanian Focal program as Lithuania in many ways can be an example of how to manage after escape from Soviet Union. And the development of Lithuanian film industry for last five years is an example of efficiency of co-production. Especially interesting is a small ‘In Memoriam‘ of Vytautas Zalakevicius with a world premier of restored Nobody wanted to die, the film that shows very familiar story of national resistance in one of the hardest periods in our common history,‘said Igor Shestopalov, program director of IFF Molodist.

In 1996, the director, writer and co-author of films Vytautas Žalakevičius was invited to be a member of the festival’s jury, but after a series of misfortunate circumstances he passed away that autumn. This year, the special programme section ‘In Memoriam‘ will feature restored and digitised films co-authored by Vytautas Žalakevičius – Feelings (directed by A. Grikevičius and A. Dausa, written by V. Žalakevičius, 1968) and Saduto tuto (directed by A. Grikevičius, written by V. Žalakevičius, 1974) as well as the premiere of the digitised and restored film Nobody Wanted to Die (directed by V. Žalakevičius, 1965). The presentation of the film will be attended by Vytautas Žalakevičius’ daughter, filmmaker Vita Želekevičiūtė and film critic Auksė Kancerevičiūtė.

The festival’s guests will also have an opportunity to see the latest Lithuanian films. The programme section ‘Lithuanian New Wave‘ will screen 6 films made in recent years – Kings’ Shift (directed by I. Miškinis, 2016), Peace to Us in Our Dreams (directed by Š. Bartas, 2015), The Gambler (directed by I. Jonynas, 2013), Non-Present Time (directed by Vildžiūnas, 2014), Vanishing Waves (directed by K. Buožytė, 2012), How We Played the Revolution (directed by G. Žickytė, 2011). The films will be presented by the filmmaker Šarūnas Bartas, actors Aistė Diržiūtė and Vytautas Kaniušonis, and producers Jurga Dikčiuvienė and Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė.

‘We are glad to present the all-time biggest showcase of Lithuanian cinematography in Ukraine, which will include both works of our latest authors and classic films adapted for modern screens. We are especially happy about the programme section ‘In Memoriam‘ dedicated to our classic filmmaker Vytautas Žalakevičius, which shows that his personality as well as his works are valued and in demand beyond the borders of Lithuania even after 20 years‘, said Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, Head of the Department of Film Promotion, Information and Heritage at the Lithuanian Film Centre.

A special publication introducing the films and authors included in the programme was prepared and released by the Lithuanian Film Centre. Its digital version can be downloaded from the centre’s website (www.lkc.lt). 

The programme section was organised by the Lithuanian Film Centre. The presentation of the Lithuanian film programme at the festival is part of the stage II of the cooperation programme ‘Lithuania–Ukraine: Cultural Partnership 2016‘ coordinated by the Lithuanian Culture Institute.

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310 film titles out of more than 3,600 submitted films have been shortlisted for the festival programme, with additional 26 featured as part of the Czech Television Documentaries section. The competition sections of our 20th edition will include 45 world, 11 international and 2 European film premieres. Throughout the year, the Jihlava IDFF searches and picks out films that offer fresh perspectives – for this year’s Jihlava’s programming harvest, click here.

Every year, the Cinema Now programme section of the 2016 edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival (BIFF) has an ambition to present the most prominent and progressive motion pictures that have resonated during this year’s festival season. Both The Birth of a Nation and Nocturnal Animals are abundant in masterful acting that promises to send chills down festival-goers’ spines.

American actor/director Nate Parker’s feature-length debut, The Birth of a Nation (2016), claimed two main prizes – namely Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize – at this year’s Sundance film festival amidst the ultra-white Oscar season. On top of directing it, he also wrote the screenplay and rendered the main character of Nat Turner, a priest who in 1831 led a rebellion of black slaves in Virginia. A revenge drama, The Birth of a Nation is a tale of righteous and bloody punishment for an unforgivable crime. Like Twelve Years a Slave (2013) by Steve McQueen, it is most powerful when it dwells on the particulars of that crime, on the everyday wickedness of 19th-century slavery.

By teaching her son’s childhood playmate and now young slave Nate to read the Bible, the mother of slave-owner Samuel Turner invoked in him a perverse pastoral calling. At first, Nate wanders around the country to preach obedience to his fellow slaves, but as he witnesses their unspeakable torture and deprivation he becomes radicalised and his eloquence, charisma and knowledge of Scripture become the weapons deployed against his oppressors. A strong story with a terrific momentum is further amplified by beautiful imagery and stunning performances. A film that has been mentioned as a potentially strong competitor at upcoming Oscars, The Birth of a Nation will not make it to commercial distribution, which means that the Bratislava IFF gives all cinephiles in Slovakia a unique opportunity to see it on the big screen.

A distinguished fashion designer and acclaimed director/scriptwriter, Tom Ford captured attention of film buffs and critics alike already back in 2009 by his directorial debut, Single Man. This year, he comes with a gripping thriller noir, Nocturnal Animals (2016), which snatched Grand Jury Prize from this year’s Venice IFF. When writing the screenplay, Ford said he drew inspiration from Tony and Susan, a nail-biting psychological novel by American author Austin Wright.

Susan is a relatively happy and successful woman. When she lays hands on a manuscript of Nocturnal Animals, a new novel written by her ex-husband Edward, she initially views it as pleasant pastime, only if its story was not so unsettling: a happy middle-aged man takes his family to a vacation in New Mexico, which is cut short abruptly by a chance night meeting with three violent men on a deserted Texas highway. While tantalised by the story, Susan experiences uneasy feelings that evolve into extreme physical anxiety. The longer she reads the more she realises that the manuscript is a carefully crafted revenge of her ex-husband for hurting him bad a long time ago. The divorced couple is about to learn the grim truth about themselves. This riveting mysterious drama is also an acting concerto for Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

Like last year, the 18th BIFF will be hosted by three cinemas of Kino Lumière as well as by Kino Mladosť and Kino Nostalgia while Gorila.sk Urban Space will provide room for the festival’s official lounge. Besides pleasant atmosphere, cinemagoers can look forward to special screenings and ample side events of the festival.

For latest updates on the programme of the Bratislava International Film Festival, please visit our official website at www.bratislavaiff.sk  or our official Facebook account at www.facebook.com/bratislavaiff.