KOŠICE: Pleasure by Ninja Thybergwon, a coproduction between Sweden, the Netherlands and France, won the Blue Angel, the main prize in the International Competition of the 28th Art Film Fest Košice, which took place 23 – 27 June 2021.

FNE correspondent Zuzana Vojtekova spoke to Slovak producer Marián Urban, head of ALEF FILM & MEDIA and the Slovak Audiovisual Producers' Association (SAPA), about what challenges he faced as a producer during the pandemic and how the film industry in Slovakia is recovering.

KOŠICE: Nine films will compete for the main prize, the Blue Angel, in the International competition of the 28th Art Film Fest Košice, which takes place 23 – 27 June 2021. Art Film Fest is the first major film event to take place physically in Slovakia after the second wave of the pandemic.

BRATISLAVA: The romantic comedy Just a Lot of Love / Hlavne veľa lásky by Slovak director Branislav Mišík, an adaptation of another bestseller by Evita Twardzik Urbaníková, is currently in production. NUNEZ NFE started shooting the film just a few days after finishing shooting another Urbaníková‘s adaptation, Till the Summer Comes / V lete ti poviem ako sa mám.

BRATISLAVA: The Slovak/Czech coproduction General / Generál by Jiří Chlumský, which began production in 2018, is still shooting. The historical drama following the life of Milan Rastislav Štefánik, a general and important politician of the early 20th century, changed the director twice. It was originally directed by Mariana Čengel Solčanská, followed by Jérôme Cornuau, and finally Jiří Chlumský.

BRATISLAVA: Cinemas in Slovak regions with a lower COVID-19 rate are allowed to reopen under specific conditions on 17 May 2021, but it is expected that cinema operators will open one or two weeks after that date

BRATISLAVA: Avalanche of Love / Láska hory prenáša, the debut feature by young Czech director Jakub Machala, who has been awarded for his commercials, music videos and TV series, is currently in postproduction. This Slovak/Czech romantic comedy is set to be released in February 2022.

BRATISLAVA: Soňa Gyárfáš Lutherová’s first long documentary Happy Man / Šťastný človek is entering the last stage of production. This Slovak/Czech film, also coproduced by HBO Europe, captures the intimate image of a person in transition.

KOŠICE: The 28th edition of Art Film Fest Košice, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will take place in a more intimate form than usual, but still physically from 23 to 27 June 2021. An unusual number of Slovak titles will pre-premiere exclusively in the traditional programme section Slovak season.

BRATISLAVA: Slovak director Matej Mináč is in the final development stage with a comedy based on his meeting with Federico Fellini in 1989. Never Give Up / Nikdy sa nevzdaj is so far a Slovak/Czech coproduction that will possibly involve an Italian coproducer.