Section: Spectrum



Ivo Trajkov
SK, 2021, 100 Min

The mountain towers menacingly over the Slovakian village of Piargy. The village herbalist considers it to be an omen; one day the antichrist will be born in this place of sin. Yet was that why Piargy was actually destroyed by the forces of nature? A tension-laden genre picture of rural Slovakia on the eve of the Second World War, one which simultaneously bears the traits of a Greek tragedy.

In the spring of 1939, the Slovak village of Piargy was buried under an avalanche. The sole survivor, young Johanka, claims the tragedy was God's punishment for the sinful behaviour of a woman who gave birth to the antichrist. While the local Catholic Church conducts its own investigations, the last years of the village are replayed in a series flashbacks. The linchpin of the story is the farm of the rich and authoritarian farmer Rohac who has his eye on Juliši, his son Martin's attractive wife. In beguiling black-and-white imagery this historical drama revives a long-lost village world, the laws of which still reverberate to this day. A brutal, archaic patriarchy resists modernisation, objectifies women and enjoys the backing of conservative priests. And nevertheless the villagers, shaped as they are by superstition and anti-Semitism, do not degenerate into prototypes of a backward race as this fascinating, visually powerful historical film unfolds, one rich in folklore and horror elements about a world caught between superstition, patriarchy and emerging ultra-nationalism.

Text: Kira Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby

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Ivo Heger
Michal Reich
Tomáš Berka
Kiril Džajkovskij
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Silvia Pánaková
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Ivo Trajkov

Ivo Trajkov - Macedonian film director, producer, film editor, screenwriter and story editor was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia in 1965. He graduated on a Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), Czech Republic (1986–1992). In 1994 he co-founded "The World Circle Foundation" and produced over 150 documentary films and several feature films. In his career he directed eight feature films in various range of genres and receive several film awards.

PIARGY (ann.2017) feature film (in production) – Slovakia/Czech R./Macedonia/Slovenia
(Director, Writer, Co-Producer)
MILADA (ann.2018) feature film (in pre-production) – Czech R./Slovakia/Macedonia
(Co-Producer, Supervising Director)
HONEY NIGHT (2015) feature film – Macedonia/Slovenia/Czech R.(Director, Writer)
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