Artfilmfest celebrates Slovak film

By Jana Kadlecova

    Artfilmfest (www.artfilmfest.sk), which takes place in Trencianske Teplice, Slovakia, from June 18 to June 26, is taking a new direction this year by emphasizing Slovak films under a new program section ‘Slovak Season.'

    ‘Although, 2010 has not been a fruitful year in particular for new feature-length films distributed in Slovak cinemas, this year's Slovak Season section, focusing on domestic production, will still feature several new releases - for example a sneak preview of Martin Šulík's 25 ze šedesátých aneb Československá nová vlna (25 Out of Sixty or The Czechoslovak New Wave) and the world premiere of Katarína Kerekesová's Kamene (Stones),' says Miro Ulman who, together with the festival director Peter Nagel, programed the section.

    25 out of Sixty (www.cestmir.cz) is a full-length documentary that is part of the Golden Sixties project, consisting of 25 portraits of Slovak and Czech New Wave film-makers and is being aired by Czech television (www.ceskatelevize.cz).

    Stones is an animated musical about ten men working in a quarry which is visited one evening by a woman who brings the warmth of humankind.

    ‘The section will also feature Slovakia's first public screening of Dariusz Jablonski's War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them,' adds Ulman.

    Another full-length film screened in this section will be a documentary by Juraj Johanides on legendary Slovak stage designer Ales Votava called Mury su vysoke a hrube / The Walls are High and Thick produced by K2 studio (www.k2studio.sk).

    The Slovak Section will also present well-known older Slovak films and will offer a space for animated, documentary and fiction films produced at Bratislava's Academy of Performing Arts. This presentation recognizes the 20th anniversary of Faculty of Film and Television at Bratislava's Academy of Performing Arts (www.vsmu.sk) which will be celebrated on June 20.