Eva Nová to be released across Central and Eastern Europe
by Martin Kudláč
- This year’s Slovakian Oscar candidate has been acquired by HBO Europe
The fiction feature debut Eva Nová [+see also:
interview: Marko Škop
film profile] by Marko Škop, the Slovakian documentarian-turned-fiction filmmaker, has recently been acquired by HBO Europe for its Central and Eastern European release. Having won the FIPRESCI Jury Prize in the Discovery section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, among myriad other accolades, the film has ended up being Slovakia’s candidate for the 2017 Oscars after being widely celebrated domestically (read the news). The psychological drama revolves around an ageing actress who resolves to mend the broken bond between her and her estranged, now adult, son, a tie corroded by years of neglect, resentment and anxiety.
“HBO Europe broadcasts and supports quality Czech-Slovak films on a long-term basis; that’s why we have decided to acquire Eva Nová for the European territories where HBO broadcasts,” HBO’s PR representative, Pavla Brožková, told Cineuropa while also pointing out HBO’s involvement in domestic projects, such as the latest co-production, The Noonday Witch [+see also:
interview: Jiří Sádek
film profile]. Eva Nová will be broadcast in the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria, starting on 1 January 2017. A deal has been signed for three years, with first-year exclusivity.
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. The director himself praised the co-production by the domestic, state-owned, nationwide public broadcaster, saying: “I am thrilled that Radio and Television Slovakia, which co-produced the film, was open to this deal – not only did they decide not to block it, but on the contrary, they supported its distribution to a wider television audience.”