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Slovak-made film Cigán wins awards at Karlovy Vary festival

A movie by Slovak director Martin Šulík named Cigán (Gypsy) tells the story of a young Roma boy who fights with odds, prejudices and negative expectations concerning his life, to the point of murdering his father. Presented at the International Film Festival in the Czech city of Karlovy Vary, it received two awards, one for the director and one for the actor in the main role, young Ján Mižigár, who is not a professional actor, the Sme daily wrote in its July 11 issue.

A movie by Slovak director Martin Šulík named Cigán (Gypsy) tells the story of a young Roma boy who fights with odds, prejudices and negative expectations concerning his life, to the point of murdering his father. Presented at the International Film Festival in the Czech city of Karlovy Vary, it received two awards, one for the director and one for the actor in the main role, young Ján Mižigár, who is not a professional actor, the Sme daily wrote in its July 11 issue.

Slovak movie-maker Vladimír Balko, a member of the main jury at the festival, praised Mižigár, Šulík and the movie alike.

“It is a big success for a Slovak film at an A-rated festival,” Balko told Sme. “Apart from the fact that Cigán lets audiences feel the urgency to solve the grave social issue, we [the jury] had to stress that Martin (Šulík) shot the whole film in Roma language and with amateur actors. One can imagine how much work is behind the result. Mižigár played wonderfully,” Balko continued.

“He was able to pinpoint the inner reactions and feelings with minimum outer expressions in a way that many Slovak professionals could learn from him,” Balko added.

The film will premiere in Slovakia on July 12 in the village of Richnava where it was filmed and then come to other Slovak cinemas on July 14.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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