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Viktor Kubal Retrospective in Sitges and The Barnabáš Kos Case in Lyon

Digitally restored films from the National Film Archive collection of Slovak Film Institute (SFI) are heading to prestigious film festivals. Viktor Kubal Retrospective will present in Spanish premiere the works of Slovak director, animator and artist at 51st Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (October 4 – 14, 2018) while The Barnabáš Kos Case by Peter Solan will be screened in world premiere at Lumière Festival (October 13 – 21, 2018) in Lyon.

Viktor Kubal Retrospective will present digitally restored film The Bloody Lady (1980), inspired by historic legend about countess obssesed with eternal youth that has cost many young virgins their lives, will be screened along with a selection of Kubal´s animated shorts within this section. The audience of Sitges will have a chance to see Earth (1966) that shows how the fertile lands are buried under the merciless pressure of technological progress until they become an urban jungle. Tom Thumb at the Magician´s (1973) will try to find a solution for his tiny stature and Cinema (1977) will explore the relation between audience and film. The little traffic light will teach young boy how to cross the road safely in What Happened to Johnny on the Road (1981), the natural ways of forecasting weather will be the subject of The Weatherman (1983) and The Idol (1989) will show two alternatives of fighting against pseudo-authorities and cults.

Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival will also introduce short animation Untravel (d. Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.). Serbian-Slovak co-production about (local) patriotism, tourism and emigration will be presented within Anima´t Cortos section.

Digitally restored film The Bloody Lady has its world premiere last year at the 9th Lumière Festival in France, within the section Archival treasures and curiosities, that offers unique restored archive films from all over the world. This year´s edition of the section will present in world premiere digitally restored satirical tragicomedy The Barnabáš Kos Case (1964) by Peter Solan. Festival Lumière has become one of the largest and most prestigious international festivals of classic cinema. Once a year in Lyon, the birthplace of the Cinematograph, the cinema world celebrates the vitality and memory of film, taking a contemporary journey through works of the past. The story is about Barnabáš Kos, the triangle player in a big symphony orchestra who is unexpectedly appointed its director. At first, the modest musician resists, but soon he realizes what kinds of behaviour form the inevitable rules governing people's careers.

The screenings of Slovak films in Sitges and Lyon will be introduced by Rastislav Steranka, director of the National Cinematographic Center of Slovak Film Institute.


Viktor Kubal Retrospective / October 12 / 12.15 / Kino Prado / Sitges
The Barnabáš Kos Case / October 16 / 16.45 / LUMIÈRE FOURMI / Lyon
The Barnabáš Kos Case / October 17 / 22.00 / LUMIÈRE BELLECOUR / Lyon

published: 23.09.2018
updated: 13.10.2018