THE HORY a Mesto (Mountains and City) international film festival annually attracts many fans of the outdoors, documentaries and adventure-seekers with its wide array of films. The 2011 festival features more than 50 films about mountain climbing, rafting, cycling, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities and 13 of the films are Slovak-produced, with three of these holding their premieres.
The festival opens on April 6 and runs until April 10 at the Palace Cinema in the Aupark Shopping Center in Bratislava. The Slovak-produced films offer an inspirational insight into Slovakia and its mountains, its river rafting and its urban centres and will also transport Slovak audiences to exotic locations in Africa, Madagascar, Mongolia, Italy and North America.
The three films premiering are: Dotknúť sa Denali by Rasťo Hatiar, which traces a 2010 expedition by twelve Slovaks to America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley; Tatras Wild Ride by Michal Babinec, about the first rafting on Studený potok in the High Tatras; and the Phantom Cima Grande by Martin Grajciar, which recorded the efforts of three Slovak rock climbers to scale the northern wall of Cima Grande in the Italian Dolomites.
Several other activities accompany the screenings, including a simulated base camp, an educational path, onstage bouldering and a programme allowing children to paint discarded household appliances as part of an ecological education initiative. More information is available online at www.horyamesto.sk.
4. Apr 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff