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A Step Into the Dark becomes Slovak candidate for Oscars

SLOVAKIA nominated A Step Into the Dark, directed by Martin Luther, for the Oscar in the best foreign-language film category. The film was picked by the members of the Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) who were choosing among 14 films that meet the conditions set by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

SLOVAKIA nominated A Step Into the Dark, directed by Martin Luther, for the Oscar in the best foreign-language film category. The film was picked by the members of the Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) who were choosing among 14 films that meet the conditions set by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A Step into Dark is a romantic period drama about the choices people are forced to make to survive in times of political and social terror. Set during and after World War II, it focuses on the emotional and spiritual damage done to a young physician who was forced to execute innocent people, the Hollywoodreporter.com website wrote.

Spurning offers of prestigious jobs in post-war communist central Europe, the doctor (played by Marko Igonda) embarks on a torrid love affair with a married woman (played by Czech actress Kristýna Boková) as he struggles to come to terms with his past.

The film also stars Monika Haasová, who plays Igonda’s wife, Miroslav Donutil, Peter Nádasdi, Attila Mokoš, Ady Hajdu, Boris Farkaš, Ján Greššo and Marián Geišberg, the SITA newswire reported.

Also nominated for the European Film Academy awards (due to take place in Riga in December) the film, produced by Bratislava company Trigon Productions, was released in Slovakia in June and had its international premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival that wrapped up earlier this month, Hollywoodreporter.com wrote.

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