Slovak Films Continue Festival Successes

By FNE Staff

    BRATISLAVA: Marking an especially strong year, Slovak films are racking up more festival successes. After their successes at the Karlovy Vary IFF, Nicky's Family and Gypsy are noting positive receptions in Canada.

    Following its Audience Award at Karlovy Vary, Nicky's Family won the Best Documentary Prize at the Montreal film festival for director Matej Minac and producer/editor Patrik Pass (Trigon, http://www.trigon-production.sk/).

    Gypsy, the triumphant return of Slovak Velvet Generation director Martin Sulik and prolific Slovak producer Rudolf Biermann (Infilm,www.infilm.cz), which took home the Special Jury Prize and three more awards at Karlovy Vary, screens in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto IFF (final screening on Saturday, 17 September at 21:00, Jackman Hall, AGO). The Slovak co-production Alois Nebel, after its competition premiere in Venice, is screening in the Discovery section at Toronto.

    On the other side of the Atlantic, Peter Bebjak's short film about dance, Voices (http://www.dnaproduction.sk/), was awarded at the Avanca film festival in Portugal and the Asolo film festival in Italy.

    Gypsy and The House (directed by Zuzana Liova) have both been chosen for the Cinema Europa section at the BFI London film festival, 10-27 October.