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Slovak Films in the Official Program of Berlinale

The 61st edition of the significant Berlin International Film Festival - Berlinale is exceptional for Slovakia by the participation of two Slovak films in the official section of the festival FORUM:





Dom | The House


Nesvatbov | Matchmaking Mayor

SK, CZ – 2011 – 35 mm – 100 min. – fiction   CZ, SK – 2010 – DCP – 72 min. – documentary
Director: Zuzana Liová
  Director: Erika Hníková
Cast: Miroslav Krobot, Judit Bárdos, Taťjana Medvecká  
World Premiere: 61. Medzinárodný filmový festival Berlinale 2011, sekcia Forum
  World Premiere: 14. Medzinárodný festival dokumentárnych filmov Jihlava
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This debut feature probes the fractious relationship between a father and daughter in an impressively low-key manner, skilfully avoiding melodrama and contrived confrontation to create an unsentimental exploration of the legacy of economic transition.


The Slovak village of Zemplínske Hámre is slowly but surely dying out. In this often excruciating documentary, the village mayor takes it upon himself to defy demographical reality by organising a deeply misguided singles party.

Michal Kollar
Fog’n’Desire Films
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John Riley
Fog’n’Desire Films
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International PR:
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Jiří Konečný
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Jarmila Outratová
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11.02. > 16:45 CineStar 8
12.02. > 13:45 CinemaxX6 (novinárska / trhová projekcia)
12.02. > 20:00 Colosseum 1
13.02. > 12:30 Arsenal 1
20.02. > 21:30 Delphi-Filmpalast


12.02. > 16:30 Delphi-Filmpalast
13.02. > 16:00 CinemaxX6 (novinárska / trhová projekcia)
13.02. > 20:00 Colosseum 1
15.02. > 15:00 Arsenal 1
20.02. > 22:00 CineStar 8

An interview with the director Zuzana Liová available here.   An interview with the Slovak co-producer Marek Urban available here.


The International Forum of New Cinema – or FORUM – is the most daring section of the Berlinale programme. Avant-garde, experimental, essays, lengthy observations, political reportages and yet-to-be-discovered cinematographers: in the Forum everything new or unconventional comes together and finds an audience known for its enthusiasm and discerning cinematic eye. No official prizes are awarded in the Forum. During the early years, the section deliberately distinguished itself from the competitive nature of the Competition. However, several independent juries award prizes within the framework of the Forum. The Caligari Prize as well as one of the prizes by both the FIPRESCI Jury and the Ecumenical Jury go to a film in the Forum. Since 2007 the Best First Feature Award encompasses Forum films as well.

The Slovak cinema was markedly respresented at the Berlinale in 1989 when Dušan Hanák won the Silver Bear for the Best director and the FIPRESCI Special mention for his film I Love, You Love. The Silver Bear for the short film Údel was given to Jaroslava Havettová. Another film by Dušan Hanák Pictures of the Old World was also included in the program and in the competition section of films for children the film Commuters by Juraj Lihosit was presented. In 1991, the film When the Stars Were Red was competing at the Berlinale. The last Slovak participation in the official program at Berlinale was I Served the King of England, a Czech – Slovak coproduction by Jiří Menzel in 2007.

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published: 07.02.2011
updated: 22.01.2014