Theatrical release: September 4, 2008
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
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Juraj Lehotský and Marko Škop developed the film during Ex Oriente Film 2006, under the working title "Searching".
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.
Awards and Screenings:
Tibor Vichta Award for Best Documentary Script, 2005
Art Cinema CICAE Award, Cannes IFF 2008
FIPRESCI Award, Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2008
The film was screened in competition at the 2008 Karlovy Vary IFF; it will be included in the program of various other festivals, e.g., Toronto, Sarajevo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Gijon, Abu Dhabi, Haifa, Vancouver, Reykjavik...