FNE at Ji.hlava IDFF 2019 Between the Seas: Paradise on Earth

    Paradise on Earth by Jaro Vojtek Paradise on Earth by Jaro Vojtek photo: Mphilms

    BRATISLAVA: Acclaimed Slovak director Jaro Vojtek’s new documentary film Paradise on Earth will have its world premiere at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF, which opens on 24 October 2019.

    Paradise on Earth was part of dok.incubator in 2018, where we had the opportunity to work with internationally-active editors, producers and distributors,” Vojtek told FNE. 

    The film looks at the life of Andrej Bán, a well-known Slovak photographer, reporter and a close friend of Vojtek, who worked on Vojtek´s first long documentary Here We Are / My zdes, 2005, produced by Leon Productions. Vojtek accompanies Bán on his trips to Iraq, Turkey, Serbia and in his returns to post-war zones of Kosovo and Georgia, where Bán confesses to his friend about his personal struggles with depression and complicated relationships.

    Mphilms produced the film with a budget of 180,000 EUR. The film was shot on location in Slovakia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Serbia and Kosovo throughout 40 shooting days from November 2013 until December 2018. The film was supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.

    Jaro Vojtek is known for his debut feature Children / Deti (produced by MPhilms) released in 2014.

    Production Information:

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    Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

    Director, Sound, DoP: Jaro Vojtek
    Scriptwriters: Jaro Vojtek, Marek Leščák
    Editor: Peter Harum
    Music: Michal Nejtek