Slovak Cinema: Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine is the first part of the cycle of documentaries Slovak Cinema in which young auteur documentarists explore the past and present of Slovak cinema. Applying different documentary techniques and styles, the individual films analyze not only cinema’s social and historical contexts, but also less formal and obvious ones. The cycle is not intended to be a mere visual historiography of Slovak cinema, but aspires to be a thorough artistic interpretation of its particular traits and issues. The film is a unique insight into the heads of Slovak cinematographers and an attempt to poetically shed light on their thinking processes. Based on interviews with prominent filmmakers, various visual reconstructions and extracts from their works, the picture tries to answer the question of what makes the Slovak school of cinematography unique, while remaining focused on one of art’s eternal issues - the illusory portrayal of reality.
Disease of the Third Power
A political documentary about black holes in the Slovak judiciary system and about the state of law in Slovakia. The film from the backstage of the Slovak judiciary system also stands as an essay about a very peculiar form of power that effaces itself in order to adopt a new name later - justice.
The film is a Slovak version of The Thin Blue Line, recounting the unsolved disappearance and murder of a young woman that happened thirty years ago. It was a case that was paraded in the communist media at the end of which seven individuals were found guilty of this heinous crime. They are the same individuals who at present proclaim their innocence and claim that they were caught up in the middle of a grand-scale political conspiracy involving the Soviet Union, Iran, Lybia and Czechoslovakia.
Through the Forest
Romany history has been tainted with conflict and discrimination as early the 9th Century when, due to famine in India, the Romanies began to leave their homeland and were forced to find themselves a better place to live in. Racism against Roma assumed its most extreme form during the time of the Holocaust.
Yas, Almost a Fire
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.