Slovak documentary The Edge awarded at Cinematik Festival
by Martin Kudláč
- The movie joined The Great Beauty in taking home the main prizes at the International Film Festival Cinematik
The ninth edition of the International Film Festival Cinematik, which took place from 10-15 September in the Slovak spa town of Piešťany, concluded with the traditional awards ceremony. The festival has two competition sections: Meeting Point Europe, which focuses on European cinema, and Cinematik.doc, where fresh Slovak documentaries compete for the prize.
Among the contestants in the Cinematik.doc section were the animated documentary Felvidék; a movie about making Slovakia’s very first horror film, First Slovak Horror; and Footprints on the Ridge, by prolific Slovak documentary maker Pavol Barabáš. The Edge – 4 Films About Marek Brezovský, directed by Patrik Lančarič, won the Cinematik.doc Award. The documentary takes a look at Marek Brezovský, a talented musician who overdosed at the age of 20. The cinematic tribute had already been screened in Slovakia, to much audience acclaim. Miro Remo domestically premiered his new documentary, Comeback, examining the reintegration of two recidivists back into normal life, and won the Piešťany Mayor’s Award.
Meeting Point Europe presented films from different corners of Europe, such as Veiko Õunpuu’s latest offering, Free Range [+see also:
film profile], which poses the question of whether or not to succumb to the conformities of society. Other titles included the Austrian-German Alpine western The Dark Valley [+see also:
film profile], directed by Andreas Prochaska – who edited several of Michael Haneke’s features, among others – as well as Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s homage to giallo films, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears [+see also:
film profile]. Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty [+see also:
interview: Paolo Sorrentino
film profile] also added Cinematik’s Meeting Point Europe Award to its already overcrowded trophy cabinet, while John Michael McDonagh’s celebrated dark comedy Calvary [+see also:
interview: John Michael McDonagh
film profile], starring the remarkable Brendan Gleeson as a rural priest who receives a death threat from one of his parishioners, snagged the Audience Award.
The awards ceremony was followed by the world premiere of the highly anticipated fiction feature debut by Slovak documentary maker Jaro Vojtek, Children. The omnibus film follows four stories that are all about the relationship between parents and their children, in the tradition of social realism.
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