Slovakia's Cinematik Fest Fetes the Cream of European Film

    "The Hunt", dir. Thomas Vinterberg "The Hunt", dir. Thomas Vinterberg

    PIESTANY: The eighth edition of the Cinematik fest honors top European films made in 2012 and 2013, chosen by the panel of 17 European critics in its main competitive section, Meeting Point Europe.

    Organized under the auspices of the international federation of critics FIPRESCI, Cinematik seeks out contemporary trends cinema from all over the continent, which will culminate during the fest, 6-12 September, with screenings of top point getters in critics' pools and a prize for the most praised work.

    This year films by younger directors dominate, such as Berlinale surprise hit The Strange Little Cat (Das merkwürdige Kätzchen) by Ramon Zürcher, said to combine elements of Jacques Tati, Michel Gondry and François Ozon and almost entirely set in one apartment. Peter Strickland's second feature, meanwhile, Berberian Sound Studio, illustrates the breadth of style in European indie filmmaking with its homage to 1960s and 70s Italian giallo horrors, a film ranked fifth among Sight & Sound's top films of 2012.

    And Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act of Killing, inspired by mass murders in North Sumatra, Indonesia, in the mid-1960s, has riveted international audiences as leaders of death squads reenact their crimes with pleasure.

    The Strange Little Cat
    Director: Ramon Zürcher
    Production: Deutsche Film und Fernseheakademie Berlin

    Berberian Sound Studio
    Director: Peter Strickland
    Production: Illuminations Films, Warp X

    The Act of Killing
    Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
    Denmark/Norway/United Kingdom
    Production: Final Cut for Real

    Our Children
    Director: Joachim Lafosse
    Production: Jacques Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart

    Director: Michael Noer
    Production: Nordisk Film Production

    Director: Ben Wheatley
    Production: StudioCanal, Film4, BFI, Big Talk Productions

    Matteo Garrone
    Production: Fandango, Archimede, Le Pacte, Garance Capital

    Rust and Bone
    Jacques Audiard
    Production: Why Not Productions, Page 114, France 2 Cinema, Lumiere, Lunanime

    The Hunt
    Thomas Vinterberg
    Production: Zentropa Entertainments