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Significant presence of Slovak films at Listapad IFF

The 19th edition of the Listapad IFF, taking place in Minsk, Belarus, will be giving a significant space for Slovak films in its programme this year: during November 2 - 9, 2012, it will welcome Slovak films in competition, non-competitive and retrospective sections.

In the Main Feature Film Competition Slovakia will be represented by Peter Bebjak's debute film Apricot Island (2011). In the Documentary Film Competition two Slovak films will compete: Matchmaking Mayor (2010) by Erika Hníková and The Gypsy Vote (2012) by Jaro Vojtek, the latter brining home a Special Mention award from the Ji.hlava IFDF's film market East Silver.

In the section of Out of Competition Documentary Films the films 25 from the Sixties or The Czechoslovak New Wave I. a II. (2010) by Martin Šulík and Cigarettes and Songs (2010) by his brother Marek Šulík and Jana Kovalčíková - Bučka, will be presented. The fairy-tale Lady Winter (1985) by Juraj Jakubisko is dedicated to children viewers. The festival decided to focus their Retrospective section to the Slovak film director Štefan Uher, and besides his very famous New Wave classics picture The Sun in the Net (1962), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the festival audience can look forward to seeing some of his other films, too: The Organ (1964), The Wonder-Maid (1966), Three Daughters (1967) and She Kept Crying for the Moon (1982).

The programme schedule is  available on the festival webpages.

The competition title Apricot Island will be personally introduced by the director Peter Bebjak and the producer Rastislav Šesták, She Kept Crying for the Moon will be presented by the actress Milka Zimková. Aki Kaurismäki, brothers Dardens and Leos Carax will be among the guests of the festival, as well.

The presentation of Slovak films in Minsk is organized by the commission of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and is based upon the bilateral agreement on cultural co-operation. Its organizer is the Slovak Film Institute (Slovenský filmový ústav), in co-operation with the Embassy of Slovak Republic in Belarus.

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published: 31.10.2012
updated: 01.11.2012