Film

Slovakia’s film industry is mostly spearheaded by the incredibly talented master of fairy tale and fantasy, Jakubisko – along with a couple of lesser-known but also extremely talented directors.

But the docu-film front has grown substantially in recent years, with a wave of film makers speaking out with refreshing, often daring and risky honesty about Slovakia past and present.

It’s no exaggeration to say that all-told, it’s through film that an international audience can best gauge what Slovakia is like – mainly because Slovak literature is seldom translated and Slovak music is rarely aired in other countries. So in this sub-section we endeavour to shine light on all this a little more…

Here too you will find information on entrepreneurial photographers that have broken new ground in their portrayals of Slovakia: adding further visual insights into what this land is all about.


 

Posts in Slovak Film

  • Vel'ky Rozsutec seen from the top of Chleb - image courtesy of Mike Clapham/Milan ŠaradinCapturing Malá Fatra: How A Photographer Transformed the Perception of a Slovak National Park

    Sometimes, on rare, rare occasions, you come across someone in the annals of history who utterly transformed the place in which they lived. In the Malá Fatra National Park in Northern Slovakia, that person was Milan Šaradin. The rediscovery of thousands of Šaradin’s photographs by his granddaughter Maria Clapham and her husband, Mike, prompted them ...

  • Pink dreams?Pink Dreams: Fairytale Ending?

    There’s a moment at the end of one of my favourite Slovak movies, Pink Dreams (or Ruzové Sny) which I really hope is prophetic. At the very least, it has not lost any of its relevance nigh-on 40 years on and – like the film as a whole, really – is a brave, brave vision for ...

  • Mads Mikkelsen stars in Move On...The One About the Suspicious Border Guard, the Pretty Girls and the Deer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIpov-cpG0w I always love scouting out depictions of Slovakia on TV and Film – mostly Slovak or Czech ones, admittedly, but the occasional Western European one too. So it was only a matter of time before I discovered Move On, a gritty European road movie which was released in 2012 in eight staggered short episodes online. A ...

  • Záhrada

    Záhrada (1995), like Martin  Šulík’s previous film, Všetko čo mam rád, is perhaps best watched on one of those seemingly never-ending sultry evenings in the height of a hot summer. Then you’ll be poised to recall most poignantly what it was like to be in the depths of a long school holiday from your early childhood: ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukSlovensko 2:0: Slovakia Through the Eyes of its Film Directors

    To celebrate 20 years of their nation’s independent existence in 2013, ten Slovak film makers were asked to explore this question: “How to explain the notion of Slovakia to visitors from another planet?” And Slovensko 2:0 is the result: ten short films capturing the essence of Slovakia today. These shorts make for often tragicomic or even ...

  • The Art Film Festival in its old home in Trencianske TepliceKošice: Slovakia’s Famed Film Festival Flying In Its Second Year in Town

    Košice’s intimidatingly impressive arts scene just keeps growing (it’s already so big that we have quietly admitted to ourselves here at Englishmaninslovakia that one article would no longer do it justice). The arrival in June 2016, of one of Eastern Europe’s most important film festivals, Art Film Fest, might have been huge news, but it’s ...

  • Slnko v svieti (The Sun in a Net)

    “Sometimes you have to take a dark path” muses the main character in The Sun In A Net at one of the film’s most profoundly prophetic moments when he and two colleagues are seen silhouetted against a forest in the setting sun, stealing wood to fix broken farm machinery. And indeed, this movie takes you ...

  • Sitting on a Branch I am Fine

    In a desperately poor, shabby and disorganised post-World War Two Czechoslovakia, two soldiers returning home to the country – one Czech (Pepe), one Slovak (Prengel) – meet on the road and decide to travel back together. Hard times call for hard measures, and Pepe, the unscrupulous rogue of the pair, steals a bicycle for the ...

  • Všetko co mam rád (Everything that I Love)

    I sat watching this in a friend’s flat on dusty Moskovská, in one of those big, old, grey-brown apartment buildings the other side of the Medicka Záhrada, on a late lazy summer evening, and felt, perhaps more than with any other  Slovak film I’ve yet seen, that I could, in fact, have been seeing a scene ...

  • ArtForum’s Slovak Movies (Film)

    Just a shout-out, really, this post: Bratislava is full of these labyrinthine old streets that, in and around the Old Town and Castle area, secrete serendipitous bars, cafes, galleries and shops. On a cool, crisp night last night we were wandering in the streets just below the castle and chanced upon a place we’d seen before ...

  • The Wolf Mountains – Slovakia’s Stunning New Wildlife Documentary

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxOqQ1mCvIs