NEW SLOVAK FILMS 2009-2010
Slovak Film Institute
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Documentary Films in Production
CESTA LESOM / THROUGH THE FOREST
D: Robert Kirchhoff
A film about the racial persecution of the Roma during the Second World War.
Robert Kirchhoff developed the film during the 2003 Ex Oriente Film (working title Roma Holocaust).
CESTA ZA ÚSPECHOM / JOURNEY TO SUCCESS
D: Daniela Rusnoková
This is a serious and comic story of three Mongolian women in their fifties who engage in “desperate“ activities in order to escape hopeless post-communist reality. With help from Europe, their dreams of better life may come true. Within the Slovak Aid development fund project of UNDP, Mongolian women go to Europe to learn how to make cheese so that they can bring it to their homeland and turn the know-how into a successful enterprise. It is unbelievable that in Mongolia, the country with the highest number of cattle per inhabitant, people do not know the tradition of making cheese. This documentary is about the meeting of people, cultures, and traditions from two different parts of the world. Traditional values vs. pressures of civilization – what happens? What is a “better life“ for a woman in her fifties living in the Mongolian steppe?
Daniela Rusnoková developed the film at the 2006 Ex Oriente Film under the working title Expedition Moloko.
ČAS GRIMÁS / TIME OF GRIMACES
D: Peter Dimitrov
This film is a fiction documentary with the ambition to reveal the controversial, split soul of an artist who was ahead of his time. The story-telling incorporates Messerschmidt‘s works from the early period, through the turn in his creative work, to the grand series of the European cultural tradition of so-called character heads, which he made towards the end of his life in Pressburg. The film focuses on the final period of his life. The intense works of eccentric sculptor Messerschmidt served as a basis for the complex topic of the life and works of the mysterious master, whose heritage is intriguing and fascinating. His accomplishments are also challenging in terms of meanings, motives, and the incomprehensible mystery of the creative process.
DÔCHODCOVIA – MADE IN SLOVAKIA / SENIOR CITIZENS - MADE IN SLOVAKIA
D: Marek Kuboš
A mosaic from the life of senior citizens in Slovakia in 2007 – 2008, the film is composed of their answers to such questions as: What do you think of the times we are living? What is the main difference in comparison with the previous era? What is it that you do not understand in our times? If you had the power, what are the things you would like to change about the world in general and the world around you?
JAS AŽ POŽÁR / YAS, ALMOST A FIRE
D: Robert Kirchhoff
A film jazz session inspired by Jazz War on Pop – the life long project of one of the world’s best trumpet players, Laczo Deczi, and the European Concert of Stars – an attack of [post]socialist popmusic on Brussels, Berlin, Prague, and Moscow.
Robert Kirchhoff developed his documentary film Through the Forest at the 2003 Ex Oriente Film (working title Roma Holocaust).
MALÝ ZÚRIVÝ ROBINSON / LITTLE VIOLENT ROBINSON
D: Martina Diosi
A portrait of the poet and lyricist Jozef Urban. The project is supported by a grant from the Ministry of Culture
of the Slovak Republic; the shooting is due to take place in 2008. It will be composed of fragments of testimonies and messages from Urban himself, fragments of portraits, TV, and radio programs to bring the departed poet back to life. How can we recreate memories with their shapes, motions, and actions? He was a lively, restless person, he enjoyed traveling and adventure.
NICKYHO RODINA / NICKY’S FAMILY
D: Matej Mináč
Nicky’s Family is a free sequel to the famous documentary Nicholas Winton – The Power of Good about the saving of 669 Slovak and Czech children – a heroic deed that has no equivalent in history. The new documentary captures the striking response, from all over the world, to the actions of Mr. Winton and shows how students in different countries from all over the world, who were inspired by him, have decided to do good.
NORMALIZÁCIA / NORMALIZATION
D: Robert Kirchhoff.
A Slovak Twin Peaks story, recounting the unsolved mystery of a murder from thirty years ago.
Robert Kirchhoff presented Normalization at the 2007 Docu Talents from the East in Karlovy Vary.
Films in Post-production:
AKO SA VARIA DEJINY / COOKING HISTORY
D: Peter Kerekes
A documentary about army cooks, or about how the daily needs of thousands of armed stomachs influenced the victories and defeats of leading statesmen. It is a film about the field kitchen as a model of the world, where the preparation of meals becomes a strategy of war. The fight for ideals, which are supported by the stable legs of the kitchen table.
Peter Kerekes presented his film Cooking History at the 2007 Docu Talents from the East in Karlovy Vary.
ČESKOSLOVENSKÁ NOVÁ VLNA / THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE
D: Martin Šulík
This feature documentary is part of the project The Golden Sixties. In addition to this documentary, the project includes a series of twenty-six 57-minute portraits [Ivan Passer, Otakar Vávra, Juraj Herz, Miroslav Ondříček, Věra Chytilová, Albert Marenčin, Hynek Bočan, Ladislav Helge, Jiří Menzel, Juraj Jakubisko, Jan Kačer, Jan Švankmajer, Zdeněk Mahler, Drahomíra Vihanová, Jan Schmidt, Lubor Dohnal, Jiří Krejčík, Eduard Grečner, Karel Vachek, Miloš Forman, Igor Luther, Stanislav Milota, Ivan Balaďa, Vojtěch Jasný, Dušan Hanák, Jan Němec]. These will be aired by
Czech Television together with a film by the given personality starting 3 January 2009. The project then brings another series of documentaries entitled The History of Czechoslovak Cinema of the 1960s [six 57-minute episodes].
HRANICA / THE BORDER
D: Jaroslav Vojtek
During the night of August 30, 1946, the village of Slemence on the eastern European border, was divided by the Red Army into two parts. One part, Veľké Slemence, remained in Slovakia [former Czechoslovakia]; the other part was renamed Malé Slemence and became a part of Ukraine [in the former Soviet Union]. The absurdly demarked border, similar to the famed Berlin Wall, divides estates, the cemetery, and closest families up to this day. This documentary pictures the bitter experience of people from Slemence, who dream of the opening of the most closely-watched border of the European Union.
MESIAC V TEBE / MOON INSIDE YOU
D: Diana Fabiánová
Diana has suffered from problematic, painful periods for years. With every new cycle, the same question arises: Why do I suffer if I am healthy? This innocent question is the beginning of an emotional journey to the very roots of femininity and life. „Moon Inside You“ is a fresh look at the taboo subject of menstruation – „the curse“ – that defines the political and social reality of both women and men more profoundly than we are willing to admit.
In 2007 Diana Fabiánová developed the project within the Ex Oriente Film international workshop.
VOJNOVÉ HRY / WAR GAMES
D: Dariusz Jablonski
The documentary portrays the tense period of the Cold War – the 1970s and ’80s, when the uncertain future of Poland was considered between two world military powers. The story of Colonel Kuklinski, who saved Europe from a nuclear conflict, is part of world’s history and a major feature to the development of Central Europe on its road to freedom. Dariusz Jablonski succeeded in getting access to secret documents, files and pictures. Computer animation will be an important element of the film, reconstructing the strategic situations and potential developments of such global military conflict.