SLOVAK FILM INSTITUTE
The Slovak Film Insitute (Slovenský filmový ústav – SFÚ), established in 1963, member of FIAF and EFP, is the sole national institution in the field of cinematography. It consists of the National Film Archive and the National Cinematographic Centre. The National Film Archive collects, preserves, and protects national cinematographic heritage and makes it available for the public. At the same time, SFÚ handles producers rights to Slovak films produced by Slovak national studios in 1895 – 1991 and highly supports their international presentation. The National Cinematographic Centre serves as the national film promotion centre, providing complex information and documentation services related to Slovak cinema, organizing film events in Slovakia and abroad.
DOM / THE HOUSE
Country: Slovakia (2011)
Duration: 100 min
Director: Zuzana Liová
Producers: Viktor Tauš, Michal Kollár
Cast: Judit Bardós, Miroslav Krobot, Tat’jana Medvecká, Marián Mitaš, Lucia Jasková
Synopsis: Anxious to escape her small town, ambitious teen Eva saves money to become an au pair in London, while her taciturn father stubbornly builds a house for her on the family property. The Hose is an intimate story of generational conflict in which the weight of unspoken expectations, unmet desires and family grudges surfaces when Eva’s older sister returns home with her ne’er-do-well husband.
SLEPÉ LÁSKY / BLIND LOVES
Country: Slovakia (2008)
Duration: 77 min
Director: Juraj Lehotský
Producers: Juraj Lehotský, Marko Skop, Ján Meliš, František Krähenbiel, Juraj Chlpík
Cast: Iveta Koprdová, Moro Daniel, Monika Brabcová, Jolana Danielová
Synopsis: 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.
NEHA / TENDERNESS
Country: Czechoslovakia (1992)
Duration: 110 min
Director: Martin Šulík
Producers: Rudolf Biermann
Cast: Maria Pakulnis, György Cserhalmi, Géza Benko
Synopsis: Neha is a story of the loss and desintegration of social values at the time when old rules cease to be valid and new ones are only beginning to form.
SLNKO V SIETI / THE SUN IN A NET
Country: Czechoslovakia (1963)
Duration: 90 min
Director: Štefan Uher
Producers: Štefan Uher
Cast: Marián Bielik, Michal Dočolomanský, Jana Beláková
Synopsis: Fajolo, a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela, takes off to a volunteer summer work camp at a farm, actually mandated by the authorities, which inspires both him and Bela to start a relationship with someone else. A parallel story peels layers off Bela’s permanently tense home life marked by her blind mother’s helplessness and her father’s revealed infidelity. Her father happens to live in the village where Fajolo is finding some consolation in the arms of a fellow student-volunteer Jana. As Fajolo begins to pry into Bela’s grandfather’s secrets, she, in turn, allows her new boyfriend Peťo to read and Fajolo’s indirectly remorseful letters from the farm.
VTAČKOVIA, SIROTY A BLAŽNI / BIRDS, ORPHANS AND FOOLS
Country: Czechoslovakia, France (1969)
Duration: 78 min
Director: Juraj Jakubisko
Producers: Jan Svikruha, Jan Tomaskovic
Cast: Philippe Avron, Jirí Sýkora, Magda Vásáryová
Synopsis: The main characters, Yorick, Martha and Andrej, exist in a bleak, cynical world. All of them have been orphaned during a war. To survive, they adopt a childlike philosophy where they live in love and joy, and seem to be immune to despair. ”Life is beautiful,” screams the main characters. The trio live with birds in a surrealistic, bombed church in the center of a city. At first it seems that they are all enjoying their happy play. But, foolishness becomes a drug.
Country: Slovakia (2012)
Duration: 80 min
Director: Peter Bebjak
Producers: Rast’o Sesták
Cast: Andrej Dúbravský, Kamil Kollárik, Tom Sotak
Synopsis: A bunch of friends make video about paranormal phenomena. But one of their jobs goes wrong when they accept a stranger’s offer to shoot in his house. As the house begins to reveal more and more terrible secrets, events gain momentum. At first everything that happens seems like a bad joke. But quickly the friends understand that evil exists and is getting stronger and closer every minute. Petrified, they begin to fight for their lives. If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, evil needs only a split second to get you…
ZAMATOVÍ TERORISTI / VELVET TERRORISTS
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia
Duration: 87 min
Directors: Peter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík
Producers: Peter Kerekes, Česká televize, Rozhlas a televízia slovenska, Hypermarket Film, Nukleus film, sentimentalfilm, partizanfilm
Cast: Stanislav Kratochvil, František Bednar, Vladimir Hučin, Amanda Nagyova
Synopsis: As Communist power rose in Czechoslovakia three men decided it was their moment for armed resistance. One decided to blow up a tribune the night before fat communists were due to sit on it and instead got drunk and found himself in handcuffs. Another’s presidential assassination attempt was usurped when police found his explosives stash. Despite not killing or hurting anyone in their failed attempts, all three found themselves in prison, sentenced as terrorists.
TRI DCÉRY / THREE DAUGHTERS
Country: Czechoslovakia (1968)
Duration: 87 min
Director: Štefan Uher
Producers: Jan Svikruha
Cast: Alžbeta Štrkulová, Stanislava Strobachová, Dušan Blaškovič
Synopsis: Rich farm owner sends his three daughters off to a convent to give all his land to his only son, but he disowns the father when evicted by collectivisation. The two elder daughters refuse to help him, but the youngest comes through.