FESTIVALS: Slovak Season at Art Film Fest

The Line by Peter Bebjak The Line by Peter Bebjak

KOSICE: Eleven full-length films and four short films will screen in the packed Slovak Season section of the 26th Art Film Fest, which runs 15 – 23 June in the Eastern Slovak city of Kosice.

Seven of the films are features and four are full-length documentaries. Most of the films are coproductions, but both young and mature generations of Slovak filmmakers are solidly represented. The section includes three episodes of the short documentary cycle Constructing Slovakia directed by Bibiana Beňová and produced by Peter Kerekes and coproduced by Slovak public broadcaster RTVS.

The lineup includes the Slovak box office hit The Line by actor-turned-director Peter Bebjak, a Slovak/Ukranian coproduction (Wandal Produktion) and Martin Sulik’s Slovak/Czech/Austrian film The Interpreter (Titanic s.r.o., InFilm Praha, coop99 Filmproduktion), which features two high-powered stars: Jiri Menzel and Peter Simonischek.

Tereza Nvotova, a rising star in Slovakia, is represented with her documentary film Meciar (PubRes, HBO EuropeNegativ) and her father, director Juraj Nvota, also makes the cut with the documentary Elsewhere (Alef Film and Media, Ateliery Bonton Zlin, UN Film, Filmpark production), co-directed by Marian Urban. The section also includes the latest film by another Slovak director making an international name for himself, the coming-of-age film Nina (Punkchart Films) by Juraj Lehotsky.

Art Film Fest will announce its international competition line-up on 5 June 2018.

Films in the Slovak Season section:

Intimate Enemy (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Karel Janak
Produced by Attack Film, Bohemia Motion Pictures, Czech TV, RTVS

Insect (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Directed by Jan Svankmajer
Produced by Athanor, Czech TV, PubRes
Supported by Czech Film Fund

Elsewhere (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Juraj Nvota, Marian Urban
Produced by Alef Film and Media, Ateliery Bonton Zlin, UN Film, Filmpark production

The Flower Shop (Belgium, Slovakia)
Directed by Ruben Desiere
Produced by Accatone Film, Mandala Pictures, RTVS

Meciar (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Tereza Nvotova
Produced by PubRes in coproduction with HBO Europe and Negativ
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Czech Film Fund

Dubček (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Laco Halama
Produced by Filmpark production
Coproduced by RTVS, Czech TV
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund

Nina (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
Directed by Juraj Lehotský
Produced by Punkchart Films
Coproduced by Lehotsky Film, sentimentalfilm , RTVS, Czech Television, endorfilm
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund, MEDIA Programme, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak RepublicBratislava Self-Governing Region

The Line / Čiara (Slovakia, Ukraine)
Directed by Peter Bebjak
Produced by Wandal Production
Coproduced by Garnet International Media Group, RTVSHomeMedia Production and Martin Kohút
Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the MEDIA Programme, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Self-Governing Region

The Interpreter (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria)
Directed by Martin Sulik
Produced by Titanic s.r.o., InFilm Praha, coop99 Filmproduktion, RTVS, Czech TV

Constructing Slovakia (three episodes) (Slovakia)
Directed by Bibiana Beňová
Produced by Peter Kerekes
Coproduced by Slovak public broadcaster RTVS

Valek (Slovakia)
Directed by Patrik Lancaric
Produced by beetle
Coproduced by Punkchart Films, RTVS
Supported by Slovak Audiovisual Fund

Yellow (Slovakia)
Directed by Ivana Sebestova