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My Husband's Women at Karlovy Vary

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My Husband's Women at Karlovy Vary

Ivan Vojnar's My Husband's Women is one of eight new Slovak films screening at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 3–11).

Vojnar is known for his documentaries, including his essay on psychiatric patients In the Garden, which won Best Documentary in Karlovy Vary in 1995. He made his feature debut in 1997 with The Way Through the Bleak Woods.

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My Husband's Women portrays a film star turned talk-show host and her relationship with her philandering producer husband. Matters go from bad to worse when one of the husband's models is murdered. Vojnar says the film seeks to portray the environment of Central Europe's middle-class, a world losing its humanity.

On the film, Vojnar worked with award-winning DoP Vladimir Smutny, best known for his work with Jan Sverak on Kolya, Dark Blue World and Empties [+see also:
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. Smutny and Vojnar attended Prague's FAMU film academy together. “We understand each other very well, often without words,” Vojnar says.

Vojnar is enthusiastic about the prospects for Slovak cinema. “I think Slovak film has been looking for a strong spark for a long time, just as in the '60s. Obviously at the present time we are close to a great renaissance of Slovak cinematography.”

My Husband's Women is produced by Silvia Panakova of Bratislava-based Arina, with co-producers Katerina Cerna of Negativ (Czech Republic) and Denes Szekeres of Tivoli Filmproduction (Hungary) and Slovenska Televizia. The film was also supported by the Slovak Ministry of Culture, the Czech state film fund, and the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary.

The film saw its world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival, after which it screened at the Art Film Fest in Slovakia. Film Europe is handling international sales.

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