Slovak art house comes of age

BRATISLAVA'S Tatra cinema sharpens its art-house image with Artbreaker, a new concept designed to satisfy demanding and contemporary filmgoers. Along with commercial movies, Tatra will screen independent, mainly European films. These films will be accompanied by English subtitles to satisfy non-Slovak speaking audiences.

BRATISLAVA'S Tatra cinema sharpens its art-house image with Artbreaker, a new concept designed to satisfy demanding and contemporary filmgoers. Along with commercial movies, Tatra will screen independent, mainly European films. These films will be accompanied by English subtitles to satisfy non-Slovak speaking audiences.

The Tatra, which is a member of the European Cinemas network, also plans to invite movie celebrities to screenings, in which producers, filmmakers and actors will present their work. Festivals and film screenings with historical value will be a regular part of the Artbreaker concept as well.

"The reason we are introducing these changes is that we want to bring worthy films and quality entertainment to our audiences," explains Igor Novotný from Continental Film, the company that manages Tatra cinema.

Tatra cinema's first Artbreaker screening is playing now, a Czech documentary by Erika Hníková called Ženy pro měny (The Beauty Exchange), a tragic-comedy on the pursuit of beauty trends. Check the cinema for screen times.

In September, the Tatra is hosting an exclusive "pre-premiere" in Slovakia of the Czech grotesque film, Skřítek (or Škriatok), on September 7, with the movie's crew attending. A silent movie, the story unfolds accompanied by dramatic sound effects and mystical music. The month's second Artbreaker event will be a retrospective of renowned Spanish director Julio Medem. The Tatra will show five of Medem's films between September 19 and 21.


The Slovak Spectator will keep you updated on Artbreaker events. For more information on the project, please visit www.kinotatra.sk.

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