Dear friends of the Slovak Film Institute,
we are thrilled to present the Slovak line-up at the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2019)!
Long-awaited The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul was selected for the Main Competition and short animated SH_T HAPPENS by directing duo David ŠtumpfandMichaela Mihályi will world premiere within Orizzonti Short Film Competition. Furthermore, representatives of two upcoming co-productions will take part in theVenice Gap-Financing Market.
The Painted Bird
fiction | CZ-SK-UA | 2019 | 169 min.
Based on the acclaimed Jerzy Kosiński novel, The Painted Bird is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II.
The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and The Boy is on his own, wandering through the countryside, from village to village, farmhouse to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German.
SCREENINGS:September 2 | 20:00 | Sala Darsena *press & industrySeptember 2 | 21:00 | Sala Perla *press & industrySeptember 3 | 16:45 | Sala Grande *world premiereSeptember 4 | 16:45 | PalaBiennale
animation | CZ-SK-FR | 2019 | 13 min.
The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their despair leads them to absurd events, because... shit happens all the time.
SCREENINGS:August 29 | 16:30 | PalaBiennaleSeptember 6 | 11:15 | Sala Giardino *press & industrySeptember 6 | 17:15 | Sala Giardino *world premiereSeptember 7 | 16:30 | Sala Giardino
Venice Gap-Financing Market
My Sunny MaadCZ-FR-SKby Michaela Pavlátová
When Herra, a Czech woman, falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan, she has no idea about the life that awaits her in the post-Taliban Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join. A grandfather who is a feminist, an adopted young boy who astounds with his intellect, and Freshta who will do anything to run away from her abusive husband. Like the other women in the family, Herra wears a burka and hides in a closet when guests arrive. She soon starts a new job with an American woman, Heidi, who has little understanding of the way women live in Afghanistan, and even less that not everybody wants to be saved by the Westerners.
CharlatanCZ-IE-PL-SKby Agnieszka Holland
Drama of an extraordinary man, reflecting the age-old struggle of two principles that control humanity from the very beginning. Good and evil. Love and hate, cruelty and mercy, faith and betrayal. In one person on the background of historical twists. Mikolášek's extraordinary abilities are redeemed in battle with his own demons who force him into cynical violence.
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