FNE at Cannes 2022: Slovak Cinema in Cannes

By Slovak Film Institute

    What’s Slovak in Cannes? Slovak Film Institute / National Cinematographic Centre / www.aic.sk / Pavilion #135, Village Intl.

    Dear colleagues and friends,

    Let us show you What's Slovak in Cannes this year!

    Festival de Cannes and Marché du film give you an opportunity to meet talented Slovak filmmakers and producers while also catching up with Slovak cinema at market screenings.

    In the Festival’s La Cinef section you can find Alica Bednáriková's short student film Liquid Bread produced by the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

    The Forest, an upcoming film by Petr Kazda & Tomáš Weinreb, co-produced by Slovak nutprodukcia, is taking part in Cinéfondation's L'Atelier programme.

    Patricia Drati's upcoming documentary film Becoming Ema, produced by Frame Film, will be presented at Cannes Docs: Docs-in-Progress.

    Upcoming short film Electra. A Poem by Daria Kashcheeva, co-produced by Artichoke, will be presented at Focus WiP at Short Film Corner.

    Jakub Viktorín, whose credits include Spoor (2017) by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik or By a Sharp Knife (2019) by Teodor Kuhn, is our Producer on the Move.

    Slovak participant at ScripTeast is Ján Koóš who is working on his project Ferryman.

    Market screenings schedule include Slobodan Maksimović’s Beanie and Radivoje Adrić’s How I Learned to Fly.

    Last but not least, we would like to invite you to experience Slovak Cinema at the CZECH & SLOVAK Pavilion #135 in the Village International at Marché du Film! The Slovak Film Institute offers an information and promotion point for Slovak cinema, and a networking place for Slovak film professionals and their international counterparts.


    Liquid Bread

    Liquid Bread 

    SK | 2021 | 26 min | short
    Director: Alica Bednáriková
    Production: FTF VŠMU

    FTF VŠMU (Academy of Performing Arts, film and TV Faculty)
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    Southern Slovakia, hot summer days, a family of three generations meets under one roof. An unexpected visit from Zoja, the granddaughter, stirs up the peaceful routine. Within a quiet presence of God and alcohol, the family untails it’s tragicomical past and a few (almost) unsaid secrets.

    25 May | 14:30 | Buñuel Theatre




    How Learned to Fly

    How Learned to Fly 

    RS, BG, HR, SK | 2022 | 85 min. | fiction
    Director: Radivoje Andrić
    Production: SENSE Production (RS), Art Fest (BG), Kinorama (HR), Silverart (SK)

    Pluto Film
    +49 30 2191 8220
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    A seemingly boring vacation with two old ladies turns into a life-changing experience for twelve-year-old Sofia as she kisses a boy, reunites with her estranged family and faces up to mortality on an idyllic island in the Mediterranean.

    May 19 | 15:30 | Online #18




    SI, LU, SK, HR | 2022 | 80 min. | fiction
    Director: Slobodan Maksimović
    Production: Senca Studio, Wady Films (LU), Studio Dim (HR), objectif (SK), Radiotelevizija Slovenija (SI), Radio and Television Slovakia (SK)

    Senca Studio
    +386 (0)1 330 72 03
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    A boy who has nothing and a girl who seems to have everything embark on an adventure following fake Santa in the middle of the night. That night all of their Christmas wishes come true, but not quite the way they've each expected.

    17 May | 11:00 | Online #5
    22 May | 13:45 | Palais F
    23 May | 13:45 | Palais #F Online



    Jakub Viktorín founded nutprodukcia with two Czech partners in 2015 and his first project was the coproduction of Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor. He also served as a co-producer on Sergei Loznitsa’s State Funeral and produced the mini-series Suspicion. Jakub is in postproduction on the animation feature Tony, Shelly and The Spirit and Michal Blaško’s drama Victim, and now in preproduction for Zuzana Kirchnerová’s feature debut Caravan.



    The Forest 

    CZ, SK | upcoming | 120 min. | fiction
    Directors: Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb
    Production: nutprodukce (CZ), nutprodukcia (SK)

    In a peaceful forest village, sawmill owner Libor lives a happy but simple life with his girlfriend Jana and their two children: seventeen-year-old Květa and one-month-old Josef. When a hurricane wreaks havoc in the forest where Jana owns several acres of timberland, their lives are turned upside down. The knocked-down timber must be logged as fast as possible in order to turn the disaster into profit. Libor’s sawmill is close by but too small for the giant task ahead. A large company makes him an offer he can’t refuse and Libor decides to make huge investments in order to safeguard future gains. All seems to go as planned and Libor is finally about to make himself and his loved ones rich. But then Libor dies. Jana sets fire to the sawmill and their house. It’s up to Květa to take care of little Josef and the only thing they have left: the forest.


    Becoming Ema

    DK, SK | upcoming | 80 min. | documentary
    Director: Patricia Drati
    Production: Good Company Pictures (SK), Frame Film (SK)

    Set in Slovakia, and the countryside of Mallorca, the film examines motherhood as an identity, a calling, a journey. In pursuit of a dream, Ema and her husband, spend their savings on a plot of land on Mallorca. While expecting their second daughter, they embark on an exhaustive journey to build a settlement. Ema believes she has chosen the best life for her family, close to nature, full of connection.

    Presentation: 23 May | 11:45 | Palais H (part of Circle Showcase)

    Focus WiP (Work in Progress)

    Electra. A Poem

    CZ, FR, SK | upcoming | 25 min. | short
    Director: Daria Kascheeva
    Production: MAUR film (CZ), Papy3D Productions (FR), Artichoke (SK)

    Electra is unable to establish relationships with men. She is harassed by her own self from the past, young Electra, who stalks her, evoking painful memories from her childhood that Electra has tried to avoid. She must accept the young Electra inside her and delve deep into her subconscious, reliving her rivalry with her mother for her father’s attention and renewing her mixed feelings for him. Only then can she reveal what really happened on her 10th birthday.

    Presentation: 24 May | 10:00 | Palais des Festivals (level -1, aisle 14).


    Ján Koóš is a scriptwriter and script editor. He began his studies at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica and completed his master’s degree at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU) with the script for Ferryman, which is now in the works and will be directed by Juraj Nvota. Ján is currently living in Bratislava where he works as a scriptwriter, cinema projectionist, and script editor at Radio and Television Slovakia. In addition to films, he writes poetry and short stories.


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    Rastislav Steranka | Director, National Cinematographic Centre | May 17 – 24 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Kristína Aschenbrennerová | Film Promotion | May 17 – 25 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Veronika Krejčová | Film Promotion | May 17 – 25 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Zuzana Bieliková | Film Commissioner | May 19 – 24 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Presentation of Slovak cinema and audiovisual industry at the Marché du Film is organized by:
     Slovak Film Institute, with financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
    and Slovak Film Commission, organizational unit of Slovak Audiovisual Fund.