FILMS

Friday 28 September 2018, 14.30 – 15.30, The Svätopluk Square – Festival tent
Film selection from the state-wide competition and amateur film exhibit Cineama
Regional Education Centre 
 
Saturday 29 September 2018, 13.00 – 14.30, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent: 
THE LUST FOR POWER
89´, Slovakia, directed by Tereza Nvotová
 
In recent Slovak history, one hardly finds a figure more significant for social and political life than Vladimír Mečiar. Director Tereza Nvotová approaches him from several directions. One is an interview she made with him personally, another is his retelling of Slovak history against the backdrop of the history of his family, and finally there are archival recordings of Mečiar’s public appearances in the media. Accompanied by aerial images of the Slovak landscape as it appears today, her film poses the question of what Mečiar meant for her generation, for society at the time, and for
Slovakia in general.
 
 
Sunday 30 September 2018, 13.00 – 14.15, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent:
MILDA
75’, Czech Republic, directed by Pavel Křemen
 
Milda is more than a unique cinematic glimpse into the mind of Czechoslovakia’s former most powerful man Miloš Jakeš, but it also offers a look behind the scenes of the highest levels of the communist politburo. The documentary covers a series of situations, interviews, conflicts and confrontations. On the one hand, Jakeš is a dogmatic communist, but on the other he is a lonesome old man with a humble way of life and a polite demeanour. The film portrays him as both an ideological fanatic as well as some sort of adorable oddball from next door. This combination brings out an intriguing form political evil with a human face. 
 
 
Sunday 30 September 2018, 19.45 – 20.30, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent:
Film Selection from the state-wide competition and amateur film exhibit Cineama
KOS
 
 
Monday 1 October 2018, 14.00 – 20.00, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent:
in collaboration with: Kinoklub Tatra
FILM SECTION
a selection of Slovak and Czech feature film from the 1960s and 1970s;
The powerful testimonies of authors and heroes of various age were no less than cinematic reflections of a period that came to be known as the freest in the history of Czechoslovak cinematography. All three titles met with the same fate during the 1970s – the so-called ‘trezor’ (vault), a ban on all forms of public screening. Uher’s Sun in a Net after several years of screenings at movie theatres, Kachyňa’s Ear even prior to the official premiere, and Jakubisko’s Deserters and Nomads following several public projections. The films also testify to a generational affinity among authors and filmmakers.
 
14:00 The Sun in a Net
(director Štefan Uher, Czechoslovakia, 1962, 90’)
 
16:00 The Ear
(director Karel Kachyňa, Czechoslovakia, 1970, 91’)
 
18:00 Deserters and Nomads
(director Juraj Jakubisko, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 100’)
 
REtrospective ; REpublic 100 ; REflection
 
 
Monday 1 October 2018, 21.00 – 22.20, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent:
CIRCUS RWANDA
80’, Czech Republic – ceremonial first screening in Slovakia, discussion with creators
directed by Michal Varga
 
Rosťa Novák, the principal of the circus group Cirk La Putyka, agrees to make a joint show with acrobats from Rwanda. Eliseé Niyonsenga leads a group of acrobats, mostly genocide orphans, and on the shores of lake Kivu tries to establish contemporary circus in a country that still resonates with a tragic history and relies on foreign aid. For Eliseé and his group, collaborating with a European ensemble holds the promise of a better future. For Rosťa, it is a return to the roots and a stepping out of his European comfort zone. However, in both Rwanda and Prague, he is faced with the Rwandans’ divergent attitude to work, communication and time. Will Rosťa succeed in bridging the differences in an authentic show or will he fall into African kitsch and stereotypes? And what is the aftermath of this clash of cultures?
 
 
Tuesday 2 October 2018, 13.00 – 14.20, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent:
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER
80’, Czech Republic, directed by Anna Kryvenko
 
What is it like to become an occupier without you having any intention to do so? With the aid of known as well as never-before published archives from all across Europe and Russia, the film tells the family story of director Anna Kryvenko about how high politics can decimate the lives of ordinary people. Merely a few years ago, the director discovered the long-held family secret of her great-uncle, who was among the troops that occupied Czechoslovakia in 1968. In tracing the fate of her relative, the author touches upon themes such as the fragmentation of personal and national memory, inherited guilt, interpretations of history, media manipulation, her relationship to contemporary Russia, but also the relationship of Czechs and Slovaks to immigrants – that is, themes especially relevant today.
 
 
Wednesday 3 October 2018, 13.00 – 14.15, The Svätopluk Square – Festival Tent:
THE CZECH WAY
75’, Czech Republic, directed by Martin Kohout
 
This cinematic essay describes the course of the Czechoslovak economic transformation in the 1990s, especially the well-known method of voucher privatisation, both core and emblem of this process. The transformation took place while the separate Czech and Slovak states were established: one the one hand, it was presented as key to converting the totalitarian regime into a democracy, but on the other, the public perceived it as merely a new form of wealth redistribution – from state to private individuals.
 

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