Documentary film, 35mm, Dolby SR, 77min
Directed by: Juraj Lehotský
Written by: Marek Leščák, Juraj Lehotský
Cinematographer: Juraj Chlpík
Edited by: František Krähenbiel
Producers: Marko Škop, Ján Meliš, František Krähenbiel, Juraj Chlpík, Juraj Lehotský
Cast: Peter Kolesár, Iveta Koprdová Moro Daniel, Monika Brabcová Jolana Danielová, Anna Brabcová, Zuzana Pohánková, Radoslava Badinková, Elena and Laco with their daughter Gabika
Distributor: Asociácia slovenských filmových klubov
World sales: Peter Jäger, Autlook Film Sales, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.autlookfilms.com
Participant: Ex Oriente Film 2006
Blind Loves is a film about love between blind people. Love can be soft, love can be silly, love can be blind at times... To find one´s place in this world is not an easy thing to do for people with good sight, but how much more difficult it can get for somobedy who is blind? The „view“ of blind persons is often pure and essential, and very often witty. It uncovers new dimensions of meaning of happiness.
Our film depicts four blind people and through them we get to know the stories of their loves. Blind teacher Peter has a very unique imagination. He likes to listen to adventurous radio plays, where he can submerge into a fairytale world. He lives together with his wife in a nice relationship behind the walls of a small department and that´s where their small-big story is set. Blind Roma Miro falls in love with an almost blind white girl. His story is a story of troublesome fight for love.
Blind Elena desires to have a child. Her story lets us in the emotional world of a blind woman – mother to be. We are sharing her excitement, her fears but most of all her great desire to bear a child and raise it. The time of awaiting is full of joy and new questions and full of delicate situations. Blind teenager Zuzana is in search of her first love. She finds it on the internet, where she can hide her secret – the fact that she is blind.
Life of blind people drew my attention as a subject giving possibility to have an insight into the mystery of life in blindness. The fact that someone is born to “darkness” calls for a number of questions about the ways these people live. One of the most important of them in my opinion is where the source of their happiness is? Their world might be lacking sight but it can be richer in spirituality on the other hand. And maybe it´s them who really understand the true essence of happiness. To find one´s place in this world is not an easy thing to do for people with good sight, but how much more difficult it can get for somobedy who is blind? The „view“ of blind persons is often pure and essential, and very often witty. It uncovers new dimensions of meaning of happiness.
The company lineup includes Other Worlds (East European Forum 2003, 2006 Karlovy Vary IFF, Audience Award), Celebration of a Lonely Palm (2005) or Glass Paintings Palo Macho (2008).
Currently, Marko Škop and the filmmakers associated with Artileria put finishing touches on the documentary film Osadné-Brussels-Osadné that is slated for release in November 2008.
Running time: 80 min, TV version: 52 min
Written and directed by: Marko Škop
Cinematographer: Ján Meliš
Producers: Filip Remunda, Marko Škop, Ján Meliš
The main characters are the Orthodox Priest and Mayor together with their wives. The Priest and Mayor organize the politics in Osadne. They have to be both diplomats and bureaucrats. Local politics has its funny and sad moments, as any politics, even in Strasbourg or Brussels. Our heroes will be visiting European Parliament, as will many ”ordinary people”, invited to Brussels by EU politicians.