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KARLOVY VARY 2020 KVIFF Eastern Promises / Awards

Slovak project The Lines wins the Karlovy Vary Docs in Progress Award

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- Barbora Sliepková's first feature-length documentary, a black-and-white essay on Bratislava-inspired city symphonies, received the €5,000 prize

Slovak project The Lines wins the Karlovy Vary Docs in Progress Award
The Lines by Barbora Sliepková

The Docs in Progress segment of Karlovy Vary's Eastern Promises Industry Days took place online earlier this week, with eight projects from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus competing for the €5,000 award, which ended up going to Slovak filmmaker Barbora Sliepková's The Lines.

For the first-time writer-director, Bratislava is a city of thick lines between past and present, and public and private. She focuses on the rhythm, atmosphere and ordinary stories of the city's inhabitants, one of whom is a narrator, of sorts, for the film, with his own poetry. "I have always loved those timeless, urban symphonies by great filmmakers of the past, and they are the apparent inspiration behind this film," says Sliepková.

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Producer Barbara Janišová Feglová, of HITCHHIKER Cinema, adds: "As a post-socialist metropolis, Bratislava has been developing very fast but discontinuously. This is why we are convinced that there's a unique opportunity to capture this transformation before it becomes a huge, modern and totally anonymous city."

The team is close to the final cut, and they expect to complete the project by the end of August. They are looking for a post-production partner and a sales agent.

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