Destination Toronto for Slovakian and Czech films
by Martin Kudláč
- Koza, Eva Nová and Peacock are all confirmed for North America’s most important film festival
Ivan Ostrochovský’s feature debut, Koza [+see also:
interview: Ivan Ostrochovský
film profile], has been successfully trotting the festival circuit ever since its world premiere at Berlin. Following the Melbourne International Film Festival, the award-winning docudrama has now been picked for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Another Slovakian feature debut made by a documentarian is to be unveiled at Toronto ahead of its November domestic premiere. The eagerly anticipated, buzz-generating Eva Nová [+see also:
interview: Marko Škop
film profile] by director, writer and producer Marko Škop, who was behind the award-winning documentaries Other Worlds and Osadné, revolves around a recovering alcoholic who was once a famous actress and is now making an effort to make amends with her estranged son. “I am interested in a story of a person hitting rock bottom and deciding to try to bounce back. The story of someone aware of what she has messed up in her life, yet who is determined to fight back once more,” the director remarks about his first feature outing. The film is produced by independent production outfit Artileria, founded by Škop, who wrote, produced and directed the film together with another of Artileria’s founders, Ján Meliš, who also served as DoP and producer. The project is co-produced by Alice Tabery of Czech company Sirius Film (founded by Tabery, Škop and Meliš) and by Radio and Television Slovakia, with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the MEDIA Programme and the Czech State Cinematography Fund.
An initiative by European Film Promotion, Future Frames, launched at this year’s edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, aims to shine a spotlight on emerging talents among students and recent graduates. The event premiered the 26-minute film Peacock by Ondřej Hudeček, produced by FAMU Studio, which has now been picked for Toronto’s Short Cuts section, as an international premiere. The FAMU alumnus, who also studied Directing and Cinematography at the Trebas Institute in Montreal, based the story on the life of 19th-century writer Ladislav Stroupežnický. Peacock is described as “a dramatic story of the rise of one of the most influential Czech writers, complete with flesh, bones and blood. A black comedy based on a true story, a queer literary encyclopaedia and a historical picture book in one.”
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival will be held from 10-20 September 2015.