Releases – Slovakia
Country Focus: Czech and Slovakian titles faring well in domestic box-office
A fresh batch of new domestic films lined up for theatrical release
by Martin Kudláč
- Slovakia kicks off the New Year with the premiere of Hostage
Slovakia has already got 2015 off to a flying start with the premiere of the Slovak-Czech co-produced project Hostage [+see also:
film profile]. The Slovakian director of the secret-police thriller The Confidant and the acclaimed drama Music [+see also:
film profile], Juraj Nvota, has once again joined forces with writer Peter Pišťanek, who wrote the book Hostage at the same time as he developed the screenplay. Audiences see the world and life in the late 1960s through the eyes of the child protagonist. Pišťanek and the producer of the film, Marian Urban of Alef Film & Media, wove their childhood memories of those times, as well as relevant historical events, into the script and then framed them within Peter’s quest to be reunited with his parents, who have emigrated.
At the beginning of February, the documentary 5th Regiment: Mission Afghanistan will be hitting Slovakian theatres. Production outfit Vantage, which was behind the television docu-series 112 (a show that followed the interventions of firemen, police and ambulance services), and director Peter Kaštil focus the cameras on Slovak soldiers on a mission in Afghanistan. The Hungarian-Slovak co-produced project Mirage [+see also:
film profile], which was world-premiered at Toronto, will begin its theatrical run on 19 March. Isaach de Bankolé stars in this stab at the western genre by Szabolcs Hajdu, the director of Bibliothéque Pascal [+see also:
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu - director
interview: Szabolcs Hajdu
film profile]. World-renowned Czech puppetry will make a welcome return to the big screen in the Czech-Slovak project Little Mister, while acclaimed Slovak documentarian Jaro Vojtek, who excelled with his fiction feature debut, Children, last year, re-examines the theme of autism in his latest time-lapse feature-length documentary, So Far, So Close. Both films are scheduled for theatrical release in April.
Alice Nellis is expanding her filmography with Seven Ravens [+see also:
film profile], an adaptation of a classic fairy tale by Božena Němcová; the Czech-Slovak co-produced movie is set for domestic release on 21 May. June kicks off with the first Slovak feature-length animated film in 35 years, Lokalfilmis [+see also:
film profile]. The production is based on a television series, Lokal TV, which was created by young director Jakub Kroner and satirises popular culture in the style of South Park. It eventually developed a cult following, even after it was cancelled on television and migrated to an online platform. Both of Kroner’s feature films, Bratislavafilm and Lóve, enticed record numbers of viewers into cinemas, and the same is expected for his new work.
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