SECTION: Spotlight Slovensko
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Bells Toll for the Barefooted
Zvony pre bosých
ČSSR (Slovakia) / 1965 / 96 min
The Auschwitz Report
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany / 2021 / 94 min