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Slovak films at Berlinale
10 Feb 2014 Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská Culture & Society
IN EARLY February, the 64th year of Berlin’s international film festival, Berlinale, will take place. This year Slovak cinematography will be well represented, in both the festival’s official programme and the European Film Market (EPM), which offers a current overview of the film industry.
Industry professionals will also get a chance to see the film at the market screening at the EPM. Slovakia will share a stand there with the Czech Republic and Slovenia, called Central European Cinema. Slovak productions and co-productions will be presented at the stand, as well as trailers for upcoming movies, press kits, catalogues, a newsletter in English entitled What’s Slovak in Berlin 2014, and an English-language issue of the Film.sk magazine, containing a selection of articles on Slovak cinematography.
Berlinale Talents, which brings together 300 filmmakers from 79 countries, will also introduce Slovak directors Andrej Kolenčík and Adam Oľha. Kolenčík studied film animation and his first short documentary, Hviezda (The Star, 2012) as well as his first short film, Výstava (The Exhibition, 2013), have been successfully screened at international festivals, as has Oľha’s debut, Nový Život (New Life, 2013).
Slovak films do not often make it to Berlinale: none have been screened since 2011, and the last time they competed in the official programme was in 1991. In 1989 Dušan Hanák’s I Love, You Love won the Silver Bear award for Best Director and the FIPRESCI Special Mention.
Velvet Terrorists – which will compete at Berlinale between February 6 and 16, 2014 – won the FEDORA jury prize at the international film festival in the Czech city of Karlovy Vary last year.
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