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Domestic production set to go on display at the Slovak Film Week

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- The event organised by the Slovak Film and Television Academy will revisit local productions from 2018

Domestic production set to go on display at the Slovak Film Week
The Interpreter by Martin Šulík

Similarly to the Czech Republic, which celebrates its domestic cinema and audiovisual production from the previous year at Finále Plzeň (see the news), Slovakia does likewise at the Slovak Film Week, organised by the Slovak Film and Television Academy. The week-long showcase provides an overview of domestic oeuvres and a wide array of co-productions from the previous year. The Slovak Film Week will be kicked off by the national film awards ceremony, dubbed The Sun in a Net, also overseen by the Slovak Film and Television Academy. The historical biopic drama Toman [+see also:
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by Ondřej Trojan and Martin Šulík’s road dramedy The Interpreter [+see also:
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interview: Martin Šulík
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boast the most nominations, and they are both part of the Slovak Film Week’s line-up to boot.

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The programme will also include the most-visited film locally, the dance flick Backstage [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Sedláčková
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by Andrea Sedláčková (see the news); the best film of 2018 according to the Czech film critics, the historical biopic Jan Palach [+see also:
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 (see the news); the Igor Voloshin-helmed thriller Cellar [+see also:
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; the feature-length animated film Parallel (only the second animated feature to be made in the country after Slovakia gained its autonomy); the family-orientated animated series The WebstersJan Švankmajer’s Insect [+see also:
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interview: Jan Švankmajer
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; and the chamber biopic drama Talks with T.G. Masaryk [+see also:
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, centring on the characters of the founder of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and venerable Czech author Karel Čapek. Slovakian cinema was particularly rich in documentary films last year, such as Marek Kuboš’ self-reflective movie The Last Self-portrait [+see also:
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interview: Marek Kuboš
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Michal Varga’s Circus Rwanda (unveiled at last year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival) and Anna Kryvenko’s found-footage documentary My Unknown Soldier [+see also:
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, among others, which will all screen at the gathering.

The winning films in the categories of Best Film, Best Documentary and Best Animated Film will subsequently be given the opportunity to travel across the country.

The Slovak Film Week runs from 6-12 April in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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