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Eva Nová steps into the Oscars race for Slovakia

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- Marko Škop’s psychological drama will represent Slovakia as the candidate for Best Foreign-language Film

Eva Nová steps into the Oscars race for Slovakia
Eva Nová by Marko Škop

On 22 September, Marko Škop received an award for his already award-festooned drama Eva Nová [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Marko Škop
film profile
]
from the Slovakian critics. That same night, the Slovakian filmmaker also netted the Igric Award for Best Audiovisual Work of 2015 (organised by the Literary Fund, the Slovak Film Union and the Union of Slovakian Television Creators) for his directing, while Emília Vášáryová won the Igric for Best Female Performance, and her co-starring colleagues Anikó Vargová and Milan Ondrík left the stage with a Creative Prize for their performances. Also that same day, the Slovak Television and Film Academy (SFTA) picked Eva Nová as the country’s candidate for the Best Foreign-language Film nomination at the 89th Academy Awards – an unsurprising decision, given that the SFTA had already honoured the movie with five of its The Sun in a Net national awards earlier this year (read the news).

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The slate of eligible candidates comprised 14 titles, including Peter Bebjak’s urban thriller The Cleaner [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Martin Žiaran
interview: Peter Bebjak
film profile
]
, Tomáš Mašín’s dark comedy Wilson City [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Paľo Korec’s docu-drama The Waiting Room, domestic box-office hit Red Captain [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and Jan Hřebejk’s latest feature, The Teacher [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jan Hřebejk
film profile
]
. With Eva Nová, Škop, a talented Slovakian documentarian, made a successful transition to fiction filmmaking, as did his colleague Ivan Ostrochovský with Koza [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ivan Ostrochovský
film profile
]
, last year’s Slovakian submission for the Oscars nomination (read the news). Škop world-premiered his fiction feature debut at Toronto last year, winning the FIPRESCI Award, and the drama about an ageing actress and recovering alcoholic trying to reconcile with her estranged son then continued to receive critical acclaim and snag further awards around the festival circuit.

Eva Nová was produced by Marko Škop and Ján Meliš for Slovakian outfit Artileria, and was co-produced by Alice Tabery of Czech company Sirius Film and 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. The film’s sales agent is Loco Films (Laurent Danielou and Florencia Gil).

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