SECTION: Spotlight Slovensko

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This year Slovak cinema celebrates its centenary. Reason enough to take a look at the past and present of an unconventional film-producing nation. And to compare cult films from the 1960s with current productions, in inspiring pairs of films from Slovakia.

Slovak cinema is traditionally characterised by a willingness to experiment with form and an almost sneaky joy at teasing out interpersonal conflicts from under the carpet. This allows Slovak filmmakers to keep their finger on the pulse of society in a way that is often unsparing in terms of content and artistic in the pleasure it takes from experimenting with visual dramaturgy and surprising film scores. For their film music, employed sparingly yet pointedly, composers such as Zdeněk Liška, Jaroslav Laifer or Miloš Jurkovi often drew inspiration from Neue Musik; in the resulting interplay with image compositions, the boundaries between the subconscious and reality, dream and present become blurred. The Spotlight: Slovensko series combines film heritage with the present, from the immediate post-war period until 2020. It combines cult films such as THE BELLS TOLL FOR THE BAREFOOTED (1965), which combines existentialist motifs with Neue Musik, or DER BOXER UND DER TOD (1963, with Manfred Krug one of the leading roles), the survival strategy of a boxer in a German concentration camp, based on a true story, with current works such as MY DOG KILLER or THE AUSCHWITZ REPORT. Thus are reflections on society from past and present brought together to communicate with each other, opening new perspectives on the question as to whether there exists a specifically Slovak narrative tradition and if so, why. At the same time viewers are invited to rediscover some of the forgotten pearls of film history, whose joy of the narrative and dramaturgical courage have lost none of their ability to enthuse and inspire.

The series was curated by Bernd Buder and Rastislav Steranka.The series came about in cooperation with the National Cinematographic Centre at the Slovak Film Institute and was supported by the Brandenburg State Ministry of Finance and for Europe and the German Culture Forum for Central and Eastern Europe. We thank the Czech Centre and the Slovak Institute, both in Berlin, for their cooperation.

 PAIRS OF FILMS

1

BEWARE...!Martin Frič, ČSSR 1946, 85 min03.11. 14:00 Glad-House I SL01

MADE IN ASHIveta Grofova, SK/CZ 2012, 79 min03.11. 16:30 Glad-House I SL02

2

THE BOXER AND DEATHPeter Solan, ČSSR 1962, 106 min05.11. 16:00 Glad-House I SL0607.11. 17:00 Weltspiegel Saal 2 I SL10

THE AUSCHWITZ REPORTPeter Bebjak, SK/CZ/DE 2021, 94 min05.11. 18:30 Glad-House I SL07

3

BEFORE TONIGHT IS OVERPeter Solan, ČSSR 1965, 91 min 04.11. 16:30 Glad-House I SL05

FIFI FATALEMaria Kralovič, SK 2018, 14 min04.11. 16:30 Glad-House

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THE BELLS TOLL FOR THE BAREFOOTEDStanislav Barabaš, ČSSR 1965, 96 min03.11. 21:00 Obenkino I SL0306.11. 14:30 Glad-House I SL08

MY DOG KILLERMira Fornay, SK/CZ 2013, 87 min06.11. 17:00 Glad-House I SL09

5

ARE YOU FEELING GOOD?Matuš Krajňak, SK 2011, 12 min04.11. 14:00 Glad-House

DRAGON’S RETURNEduard Grečner, ČSSR 1968, 81 min04.11. 14:00 Glad-House I SL04

Before Tonight is Over

Before Tonight is Over

Kým sa skoncí táto noc

Peter Solan
ČSSR (Slovakia) / 1965 / 91 min
There is a lot going on in this all-night bar somewhere up in the High Tatras: The guests dance, drink and flirt, as personal fates are revealed in the intoxication of the night; at times these are tragic, at others amusing and also rather ordinary. ...
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The Boxer and the Death

The Boxer and the Death

Boxer a smrť

Peter Solan
ČSSR (Slovakia) / 1962 / 106 min
An uneven boxing match between a German concentration camp commandant and a Slovak prisoner. Regardless of the outcome of the fight, does the rightless prisoner even stand a chance? A psychologically detailed war film classic with Manfred Krug in one ...
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Dragon's Return

Dragon's Return

Drak sa vracia

Eduard Grečner
ČSSR (Slovakia) / 1968 / 81 min
After a long absence potter Martin Lepiš, the "dragon", returns to his home village. The villagers eye him suspiciously, as unpleasant memories return to the surface. In the style of a ballad the film, one of the outstanding works of the ...
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The Bells Toll for the Barefooted

The Bells Toll for the Barefooted

Zvony pre bosých

Stanislav Barabáš
ČSSR (Slovakia) / 1965 / 96 min
Shortly before the end of the Second World War: Inadvertently two Slovak partisans take a young German Volkssturm fighter prisoner. Should they shoot him or take him to headquarters? They would first have to relocate the latter however, whilst ...
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Fifi Fatale

Fifi Fatale

Fifi Fatale

Mária Kralovič
Slovakia / 2018 / 14 min
No man can resist the charms of Fifi Fatale when she takes the nightclub stage. The men appear to completely lose their minds; is everything above board here however?
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Made In Ash

Made In Ash

Až do mesta Aš

Iveta Grófová
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2012 / 79 min
Dorota doesn't have grandiose dreams, she just wants to earn money and then start a family. Yet does this young woman, on her own and far from home, have a realistic chance? A social drama impressively performed by non-professional actresses.
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My Dog Killer

My Dog Killer

Moj pes Killer

Mira Fornay
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2013 / 87 min
Eighteen-year-old Marek lives with his father and attack dog Killer in provincial Slovakia. His absentee mother ran off with an ethnic Rom, the father of his stepbrother Lukás; The latter at once admires and fears his older brother, who hangs out ...
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The Auschwitz Report

The Auschwitz Report

Správa

Peter Bebjak
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany / 2021 / 94 min
April 1944: Two Slovak prisoners try to escape from the Auschwitz extermination camp. Not only do they want to save their own lives, but they also want to finally let the world know that mass murder on an industrial scale is being committed in the ...
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Are You Feeling Good?

Are You Feeling Good?

Are You Feeling Good?

Matúš Krajňák
Slovakia / 2011 / 12 min
No pleasant guy this lonely rider, who zigzags his way through the landscape on his heavy motorcycle, gambles at slot machines and offends the sensibilities of women. And then he tries to make up for a past mistake.
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Beware…!

Beware…!

Varúj...!

Martin Frič
Czechoslovakia (Slovakia) / 1946 / 85 min
Though the mountain landscapes might be magnificent, the life of the villagers is hard and the landowners are unjust. Shepherd Ondrej rebels against the practice of forced labour and ends up leaving his family to earn money in distant America in this ...
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