Multiple premieres of Slovak films at Art Film Fest
Multiple Slovak films will premiere at 27th Art Film Fest Košice (June 14 – 22, 2019), but the festival will also present films from the past.
15 feature and one short film, as well as one work-in-progress presentation will be screened as part of Slovak Season section dedicated to national cinema. Of the 15 feature-length films two fictions and four documentaries will have their premiere at the festival.
Loli paradicka by father-son writing-directing duo Richard and Víťo Staviarsky is a tragicomedy about an unconventional Eastern Slovak romance, a sad yet funny tale of life’s sorrows, longing, and hope. Thriller Casino.$k (d. Ján Sabol) is a story of gambling inside the casino as well as outside its walls.
Martin Repka returns after more than a decade with feature documentary about a legendary collective of poets The Lonely Runners: Moving On! Pavol Barabáš made a portrait of well-known composer Svetozár Stračina. Tereza – The Charge of Love is an intimate film about translator and interpreter Tereza Gašparíková made by her son Peter Gašparík. The Calling by Erik Praus captures the inimitable spiritual ambiance and mysticism of Pochayiv Lavra, an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Western Ukraine.
Director and producer Peter Kerekes will have two of his works presented at the festival – documentary BATAstories chronicling the rise of Bata’s empire which he directed, and The Wind. A Documentary Thriller by Michał Bielawski which he produced.
A selection of Slovak films from the previous year enhance the programme as well: feature debuts By a Sharp Knife by Teodor Kuhn and Punk Never Ends! by Juraj Šlauka; documentary films The Good Death (d. Tomáš Krupa), Crazy Against the Nation (d. Adam Hanuljak), and An Extra Something (d. Palo Kadlečík, Martin Šenc); Slovak minority co-productions Talks with TGM (d. Jakub Červenka), Moments (d. Beata Parkanová) and short documentary Oymyakon: The Story of the Coldest Inhabited Place (d. Dominik Bari). Work-in-progress Štefánik’s Impossible Voyage (r. Michael Kaboš, Noro Držiak) will have a special presentation.
Slovak Season Special section will present two older Slovak films: Paper Heads by Dušan Hanák and Rabaka by Dušan Rapoš.
Roman Luknár and Jiří Lábus are recipients of this year’s Actor’s Mission award and the festival will screen the latter’s film Clownwise (d. Viktor Tauš). On the occasion of Štefan Kvietik receiving The Art Film Fest IFF President's Award, the audience will have a chance to see Peter Solan’s 1962 classic The Boxer and Death.
Two short mountain films are part of Love & Anarchy section: 1947 Crossing the High Tatras on Skis by Karol Skřipský and 1965 Winter Intermezzo by Jaroslav Pogran.
Jiří Menzel’s I Served the King of England will be screened in Kinematograf section.
The Festival’s Industry program consists of three parts: Inspirational Days will bring case studies of films by young directors, VFX Day will be dedicated to visual effects, and TV Industry Day will gather TV professionals from Slovakia and abroad.
For more on the films visit our online database: www.aic.sk/slovakfilms