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A busy November for Slovakian and Czech cinema on the festival circuit

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- Films from both countries are travelling the festival circuit intensively in November

A busy November for Slovakian and Czech cinema on the festival circuit
Family Film by Olmo Omerzu

Family Film [+see also:
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by Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu netted the Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Karel Roden took home the Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in the film at the Cottbus Film Festival earlier this month. All of this means that November is starting to get busy for Slovakian and Czech cinema. Besides Family Film, Cottbus also welcomed the sports drama Fair Play [+see also:
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by Andrea Sedláčková, Jaro Vojtek's Slovak-Czech co-produced feature Children [+see also:
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, the found-footage thriller Ghoul [+see also:
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by Petr Jákl, Karel Kachyna's banned film Ear from 1970, this year's Macedonian entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, Honey Night [+see also:
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, directed by Ivo Trajkov and co-produced by the Czech Republic and Slovenia with the support of the Czech State Cinematography Fund, and another Slovenian, Czech and Macedonian co-production, Šiška De Luxe [+see also:
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by Jan Cvitkovič, which managed to bag the Audience Award.

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Honey Night was screened at the 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival alongside Vojtek's Children and Ivan Ostrochovský's acclaimed fiction feature debut, Koza [+see also:
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, which recently won the Silver Astor for Best Director and the SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) Award at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Marko Škop's drama Eva Nová [+see also:
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was competing in the Greek festival's international competition, while its Open Horizons section featured the first Iranian-Czech co-production: the romantic crime-drama A Very Ordinary Citizen [+see also:
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, directed by Majid Barzegar and penned by the director and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. In the words of the director, the movie is “a portrayal of the stressful and mundane portions of urban life in Tehran and an examination of the destructive aspects of human nature, which form part of my society”. Eva Nová, Koza, Children and Peter Bebjak's The Cleaner [+see also:
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interview: Peter Bebjak
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were all on the table at the Agora Film Market.

European borders will be crossed when it comes to the Czech and Slovakian focus at the All Lights India International Film Festival in Kochi (15-19 November). Koza and Children will screen alongside Tomáš Vorel's sequel to the graffiti comedy High School, Prague Cans, which is not only a coming-of-age tale, but also one of generational introspection, Alice Nellis' fairy tale Seven Ravens [+see also:
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and the documentary portrait of a charismatic priest helping out ex-alcoholics and ex-cons in a Roma community, All My Children [+see also:
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Slovakian and Czech cinema will also be heading to the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, where it will be represented by Koza, Eva Nová, the Czech Oscar nod for the 88th Academy Awards, Home Care [+see also:
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, Tomasz Mielnik's feature debut Journey to Rome [+see also:
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(a Czech-Polish co-production that unfolds as an imaginative and surreal religious heist comedy), The Cleaner and the Hungarian-Czech-German co-production of Gyula Nemes' Zero [+see also:
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. Furthermore, Vitaly Mansky's documentary Under the Sun [+see also:
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(Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea) will have its international premiere in the main competition, while the directorial debut feature by Martin Jelínek, Road-Movie [+see also:
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, will be unveiled as a world premiere in the Tridens First Feature Film Competition at Tallinn.

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