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Country Focus: Slovakia

2013 a good year for Slovak exhibitors and filmmakers


2013 a good year for Slovak exhibitors and filmmakers

- The year 2013 was highly successful for Slovak exhibitors and filmmakers. The annual total box-office takings rose by 7.6% compared to 2012, generating €18.8 million, while the total annual number of admissions increased by 7.7% in comparison with the previous year, amounting to 3.7 million visitors (the country has a population of 5.4 million). While the box-office top ten in 2013 was mostly dominated by US productions (including six animated children’s films), fifth place was occupied by Czech folk comedy Babovřesky.

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Among the total of 267 films released, 23 were domestic titles (15 fiction features and eight documentary films). The Slovak film magazine has published a report on Slovak releases, which states that audience numbers for domestic productions increased considerably – by 78.65% (obtaining a share of 160,151 admissions). The most successful Slovak film was The Candidate (with 80,234 admissions, placing the film in eighth position in the top ten most-seen Slovak films during the country’s existence as an independent state), a thriller about the power of the media set against the backdrop of a presidential election. The apt timing (the film was released in October, and the presidential election will be held in March), meticulously prepared and hard-to-overlook promotional campaign, aesthetics of the adverts and trailers (including slow motion and fast cutting) and somewhat controversial theme (the film poster declares: “The head of state is (not) elected by you”) seemed to provide the magic formula for drawing in the crowds. The second most-seen Slovak film was the family drama Love Me or Leave Me (with 14,139 admissions), which tells the story of a love triangle between a mother and her adolescent daughter competing for the same man.

The most successful documentary was Normalization (which took 8,565 admissions), which recounts a dark episode in the history of the Czechoslovak judicial system: the longest-running case, referred to as the Cervanová Case. The director, Robert Kirchhoff, spent eight years preparing the film, gathering details about the infamous murder of a medicine student, L’udmila Cervanová. The unsolved case of the alleged murder and rape of the student in the political context of communism (during the era of Normalisation) sparked a great deal of conspiracy theories – hence the audience appeal.

(Figures provided by the Union of Film Distributors of the Slovak Republic and



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