The spa town of Trenčianske Teplice and the nearby city of Trenčín will host the 16th annual staging of one of the most prominent film events in Slovakia, the Artfilm International Film Festival, between June 27 and July 6. The most prominent guest of the festival will be Hollywood legend Omar Sharif.
For the past 15 years, the festival has been presenting new trends in film from around the world. The organizers of the Artfilm festival try to introduce the latest international and Slovak films while addressing a wide, culturally aware audience. Artfilm has also made a tradition of presenting Slovak cinematography – not just films made by professional filmmakers but also projects by art school students.
This year’s Artfilm will feature three competition sections, the foremost being the International Competition of Feature-Length Films. The films to be presented include It’s Hard To Be Nice, directed by Srdjan Vuletić from Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Malaysian film Flower in the Pocket by Liewa Seng Tata; and the voyeuristic drama Nothing Personal (2007), shot by Russian director Larisa Sadilova.
The second competition section is Eastern Panorama, which presents feature films from Central and Eastern Europe. A selection of short films from a wide variety of genres is the festival’s third competition section.
In addition to the competition sections, Artfilm will also feature informative sections. Panorama presents must-see films from around the world. The Documentaries section celebrates Slovakia’s strong documentary tradition. New Chinese Film focuses on those productions from China’s prolific cinema industry that have resonated throughout the world over the past few years. Films from the Huberts Bals Fund, Rotterdam IFF is a section of films supported by the prestigious Rotterdam fund. Late Night Show presents provocative and often extreme pictures.
When: June 27 – July 6
Where: Trenčianske Teplice and Trenčín
23. Jun 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports