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Febiofest sets for a tour

CZECH film Štěstí (Something Like Happiness) will launch Febiofest, the 13th international festival of film, television, and video on Monday, March 27.

Zannussi comes to present his film.
photo: Courtesy of Febiofest

CZECH film Štěstí (Something Like Happiness) will launch Febiofest, the 13th international festival of film, television, and video on Monday, March 27.

The festival, which is the largest presentation of Czech film production in Slovakia, will bring altogether 143 films in 15 categories, with the Czech novelties dominating the selection. Febiofest will run in eight Slovak towns until April 25.

The new film by Bohdan Sláma, Štěstí, was awarded the best film of 2005 in the Czech Republic. It received seven Czech Lions, including the prize for best direction, screenplay and camera work, as well as lead female and male roles. The film's director Sláma, producer Pavel Strnad, and some of the actors will be present at its Slovak premiere in Bratislava.

Reverting from the Czech focus a bit, Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi is expected to attend the festival. He will introduce his latest work, Persona Non Grata, on April 4, when Febiofest moves to Banská Bystrica.

The 13th year of the festival brings profiles of two leading world film directors, Kim Ki-duk from South Korea and Pedro Almodóvar from Spain.

The festival will also award ZENTIVA prize, which last year went to Slovak documentary director Marek Šulík.

Febiofest will run for seven days in Bratislava in the IC.SK filmclub (former Charlie centre), Nostalgia filmclub, Mladosť cinema and 35 mm filmclub. Nitra will host the festival between April 3 and 5, Banská Bystrica between April 3 and 5 and April 10 and 12, Žilina between April 10 and 13 and Martin between April 7 and 13. Poprad will screen the films from April 18 to 21, Prešov from April 20 to 22 and Košice will close the tour with a week-long screening between April 19 and 25.


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