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Slovakian and Czech documentaries in the making at dok.incubator

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- A slew of new Slovak and Czech documentary projects are taking part in the eighth edition of the international rough-cut workshop

Slovakian and Czech documentaries in the making at dok.incubator
Unseen by Maia Martiniak

The dok.incubator international rough-cut workshop has once again been scouting out talents and providing filmmakers with intensive training. Said training does not entail only editing, but also distribution, communication and marketing strategies, under the guidance of experienced film experts. The first workshop of the eighth edition of dok.incubator took place in Slovakia and revolved around storytelling, the project’s topic and character building. The second session will take place from 23-26 June in the Czech Republic, where participants will receive feedback from a first test audience, while international sales agents, festival representatives and broadcasters will help the participants with the preparation of their distribution and marketing strategies.

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“dok.incubator has proven to be an invaluable resource for fresh talent and surprising, unconventional storytelling approaches. The hands-on approach of its tutors and mentors helps cultivate some of the most exciting non-fiction stories out there,” says Harry Vaughn, a programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, who will be visiting the workshop.

The selection for the eighth edition consists of several Slovak and Czech documentary projects. In co-production with Czech outfit Cinepoint, Slovakia’s PubRes is producing On Your Marks!, a project directed by Mária Pinčíková. The documentary follows the 16th All Sokol Slet, a gathering of people performing mass gymnastics exercises, in July 2018. On Your Marks! is a reflection of the actual state of the Sokol movement and its importance in history. Meanwhile, Czech documentarian Jindřich Andrš maps out the current phenomenon of career transformation in A New Shift, as a sacked miner gets himself reskilled in order to become a developer at a tech company. Producer Alice Tabery, of Cinepoint, is readying another project, Jan Jedlicka: Colourful Traces of a Landscape. Petr Záruba is attached to direct this Czech-Italian co-production about the titular Czech-Swiss artist. Ondřej Vavrečka is preparing an ambitious poetic-philosophical documentary touching on the issues of ecology, economics and culture, Personal Life of the Hole. Zuzana Kučerová, of Frame Films, is staging Martin Páv’s Wolves on the Borders!, which utilises the controversial real-life situation of the reintroduction of wolves to the Czech countryside in order to recount a broader tale of humankind’s ambivalent relationship with nature. Two Roads, directed by Radovan Síbrt, asks the question, “What would you do with your life if you knew you had a much shorter time ahead of you than you thought?” and finds the answer among the members of a music group consisting of people with physical disabilities. Writing-directing tandem Barbora Chalupová and Vít Klusák are finishing their “psychosocial” experiment Caught in the Net (see the news), about online predators and their abuse of minors.

The selected Slovakian projects include Unseen by Maia Martiniak, which broaches the issue of women’s rights violations during childbirth. Martiniak follows Stella, who decides to sue a hospital after enduring disrespect, manipulation and violence. Slovakian filmmaker Diana Fabiánová attempts to glean an understanding of how infidelity changes depending on social structure and religion, as well as exploring the central theme of infidelity in the present day, in her latest project, Happily (Un)Faithful, produced by Mike Chamberlain, of UK company Tearaway Films Limited. Finally, Yours Sincerely, Social System by Slovakian director Martin Tokár is billed as an absurd comedy and social documentary about an African who is helping local people in Slovakia to understand the social system. It is being produced by Jakub Viktorin, of nutprodukcia.

Here is the full project line-up of the 2019 selection:

On Your Marks! Mária Pinčíková (Slovakia/Czech Republic)
Producers: Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská (PubRes)
Co-producer: Alice Tabery (Cinepoint)

A New ShiftJindřich Andrš (Czech Republic)
Producer: Augustina Micková (moloko film)

Jan Jedlicka: Colourful Traces of a LandscapePetr Záruba (Czech Republic/Italy)
Producer: Alice Tabery (Cinepoint)

Personal Life of the HoleOndřej Vavrečka (Czech Republic/Finland)
Producer: Alžběta Janáčková (Silk Films)

Wolves on the Borders!Martin Páv (Czech Republic)
Producer: Zuzana Kučerová (Frame Films)

UnseenMaia Martiniak (Slovakia)
Producer: Silvia Panáková (ARINA Film Production)

Happily (Un)FaithfulDiana Fabiánová (Slovakia/UK)
Producer: Mike Chamberlain (Tearaway Films Limited)

Yours Sincerely, Social SystemMartin Tokár (Slovakia)
Producer: Jakub Viktorin (nutprodukcia)

The Swamp of HopesAnabel Rodriguez (Venezuela/UK/Brazil)
Producer: Sancocho Publico AC
Co-producers: Spiraleye Prodctions Ltd, Loma Filmes Ltd

Acasa, My HomeRadu Ciorniciuc (Romania)
Producer: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan (Manifest Film)
Co-producers: Fango, PolarFox

Cuban DancerRoberto Salinas (Italy/Canada/Chile)
Producer: Michele Fornasero (Indyca)
Co-producers: Valdivia, Megafun

Själö: Island of SoulsLotta Petronella (Finland)
Producer: Johanna Tarvainen (MADE)

The CampJudit Oláh (Hungary/France)
Producer: Sára László (Campfilm)
Co-producers: HBO Europe, What’s Up Films

Lessons of Love - Małgorzata Goliszewska, Katarzyna Mateja (Poland)
Producer: Anna Stylińska (Widok Films)
Co-producers: HBO Europe, Mx35, Aura Films, Pomerania Regional Fund

The Earth Is Blue as an OrangeIryna Tsilyk (Ukraine/Lithuania)
Producer: Anna Kapustina (Albatros Communicós)
Co-producer: Moonmakers

As I WantSamaher Alqadi (Denmark/France/Egypt)
Producer: Karim El Hakim (Prophecy Films)

The Business of RevengeMarija Zidar (Slovenia/Kosovo/Serbia/Montenegro)
Producer: Danijel Hočevar (Vertigo)

Two RoadsRadovan Síbrt (Czech Republic)
Producer: Karel Poupě (PINK)

Caught in the NetVít Klusák, Barbora Chalupová (Czech Republic)
Producers: Pavla Klimešová, Vít Klusák (Hypermarket Film)

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