Annie Hall is one of Allen’s best works. With the film’s protagonist of the successful New York TV comedian Alvy Singer, a typical character for his movies entered the silver screen: the urban neurotic. Allen finally found himself in the character of a strange intellectual full of complexes in the middle of the Manhattan jungle.
Alvy’s girlfriend, Annie Hall, has just dumped him. He now remembers his great love in flashbacks and tries to find the reasons for her shipwreck. Hollywood stars Jeff Goldblum, Bev- erly D'Angelo, and Sigourney Weaver flash in cameo roles.
The film won four Academy Awards (Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Actress), and Woody Allen addition- ally received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and for Best Screenplay.
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This presentation of film locations in the Košice and Prešov regions looks at communities, specific places and buildings that have served as sets for Slovak and international film and television productions. Attendees will be introduced to various areas and cultural landmarks that have provided filmmakers with exterior and interior backdrops, thus becoming a visual part of productions spanning a wide range of genres from works for children to action-packed movies and series. The extent of these locations' use, any modifications they required for filming purposes, and particular locations’ popularity among filmmakers will be presented, as well as their diversity and appeal, which also serves to highlight and stimulate their potential for the tourism industry. Mgr. Tomáš Galierik, a specialist in film tourism, will host the presentation. Following his studies of culturology and tourism management, he worked at a well-known travel agency, and he is also the author of the encyclopedia series Filmové miesta (2021) and Filmové miesta 2 (2022).
Growing up in the multicultural environment of today's Vienna is not easy for Yesmin from a Muslim Kurdish family. With her friends Nati and Bella, she aspires to become an influencer and become popular on the internet. How to combine the issue of wearing the hijab, twerking, and drinking alcohol at lavish parties with these ideas is not entirely clear. Kerim, Yesmin's brother, is wanted by the police because he killed a pig out of protest, and the girls are furthermore attracted to young Kurdish patriots, which complicates the situation of the young rebels considerably.
The film was a Nominee European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year and won the Vienna Film Award for Best Austrian Film at the Viennale.
In his latest work, documentary filmmaker Marek Kuboš has focused on the reflection of the Slovak documentary scene. He has divided the creators into three generations: his own (the 1990s), the previous one (before the 1990s), and the upcoming one (after the 1990s). He invites them into his car, where he discusses their passion for filmmaking, the technical and economic challenges, and asks about the ethical boundaries and the future of documentary. The core is made up of the successful generation that came of age in the 1990s: Milan Balog, Peter Kerekes, Robo Kirchhoff, Marek Kuboš, Juraj Lehotský, Marko Škop, Zuza Piussi, Jaro Vojtek, and Marek Kuboš. The director conducts interviews with their predecessors as well – Dušan Hanák, Mário Homolko, Ľubo Štecko, Alexander Strelinger, Mišo Suchý, Martin Šulík, Dušan Trančík – that are intercut with their work placed in a broader cultural and political context.
This satirical tragicomedy – based on a short story by Peter Karvaš from his collection The Devil Don't Sleep (1954) – denounces the ever-present manifestations of careerism, dilettantism, bureaucratism and hypocrisy. Peter Solan's film tells the story of the career rise of an unassuming, aspiring triangle player Barnabáš Kos, who unexpectedly becomes the director of a symphony orchestra, mainly because of his reliability and non-conflict. The modest musician, who has never played "first violin", resists at first, but eventually succumbs to the seductions of the position. Suddenly he believes in his predestination and takes over the music with a triangle. The culmination of his infatuation becomes a concerto for the triangle and orchestra. At first, Kos enjoys the protection of his superiors and the flattery of his subordinates, but gradually, events in the orchestra take on a Kafkaesque absurdity.
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What opportunities to study film do Slovakia and Czechia offer Slovak students? What are the challenges they face in today’s education landscape, and what are their future prospects? Part of Art Film Fest’s industry programme, this event will present three different entryways for Slovak students into what may be these countries’ most important film schools. The Slovakia portion will be presented by Darina Smržová, dean of the Film and Television Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (FTF VŠMU) and Peter Neveďal, an instructor at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. The Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) will be presented by Dávid Čeněk, Vice-Dean for International Relations at FAMU.
Twelve years ago, in March 2011, three reactors damaged by an earthquake and tsunami collapsed at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Everyone within a 20-kilometre radius was evacuated, but only Naoto Matsumura – as the only one of the 80,000 people – chose to stay. This short observational film from Fukushima is the first spin-off that expands the universe of the upcoming documentary We Have to Survive. The project consists of one feature film and a collection of separate short films. The filmmakers took inspiration from the famous great trilogies accompanied by several side stories and chose a format for the documentary genre that, although unusual, is very appropriate. Especially since the WHTS project aims to raise awareness about the current and future impacts of climate change on our lives through the personal stories of people living in the affected areas.
In his latest film, documentary filmmaker Jaro Vojtek raises the urgent topic of gastarbeiters – people travelling abroad on week-long business trips. He depicts the universal phenomenon through three individual stories: a truck driver, a nanny in Austria and a group of workers. It reflects their dreams and aspirations, as well as the sacrifices they make when their loved ones depend on their income while they are in foreign cities – in hostels, in strangers' homes. What is happening to them? What are they dreaming about? In the film, Jaro Vojtek and screenwriter Marek Leščák explore the reasons of their decision to work outside their native country and raise the important question of whether working abroad instead of providing a stable family situation and close relationships results in the exact opposite. The film premiered at the Ji.hlava IDFF.
The Adamant is a unique day care centre and also a floating structure located on the Seine in the heart of Paris. It primaly welcomes adults suffering from mental disorders. It offers them care and helps them to recover or keep up their spirits. The team running it is tries to resist the deterioration and dehumanization of psychiatry as best it can. They organize numerous workshops: sewing, listening to music, reading, writing, drawing and painting, working with leather, making jams, cultural trips. There is a film club as well as organized relaxation courses but patients can also come here just to spend free time, drink a cup of coffee, feel welcome and free to soak up the atmosphere of the place. Director Nicolas Philibert invites the audience on board to meet both patients and caregivers who invent life in the extraordinary centre day to day. On the Adamant won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale.
Sergei Lotznitsa’s most symphonic compilation film is inspired by W. G. Sebald’s collection of essays bearing the same title which criticizes the lack of attention for the civilian victims of the Allied mass bombings of German cities during the Second World War. His piece is based on the archival footage and asks disturbing questions: is it morally acceptable to use civilian population as a means of war? Is it possible to justify mass destruction for the sake of higher 'moral' ideals? These questions remain as relevant today, as it was 80 years ago. A nighttime bombing raid filmed from the air lights up the explosions far below. The sea of lights like a a Jackson Pollock painting negativelly fascinates with its perverse beauty but the director never lets you forget the impact of the devastation. The bombs mark the dividing line between a merciless “before” and “after.”
Two worlds collide when Sam 40, a professional people smuggler, reluctantly saves Amal, a 12-year-old Syrian migrant. The girl flees from her native Syria to Europe because her whole family has gone missing in the Syrian war. Amal believes that her relatives are on their way to Sweden so she sets out on a harrowing journey to find them. Sam hesitates but his conscience gnaws at him and he is tormented by the thought of leaving the girl alone in a no-mans land on a refugee journey. He eventually accepts the challenge for selfish reasons and agrees to set out on the illegal journey together. This will be the beginning of an unexpected, strong, warm and crazy friendship on a journey that will change their lives forever.
The Art Film Fest commences annually with a joyous opening ceremony. Distinguished guests, filmmakers, artists, and partners of the international film festival have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this unforgettable atmosphere and captivating program, hosted at the Kunsthalle in Košice. While the program is primarily designed for invited guests, the public can also relish the chance to catch a glimpse of the film stars by arriving one hour prior to the ceremony and witnessing their walk on the red carpet.
Little Timofey grows up in a small Ukrainian town. He lives with his mother and grandmother, who bring Felix – an Afghanistan veteran, former member of the counterintelligence, and an eccentric alcoholic – into their household. His presence is a source of extraordinary, hilarious, and dangerous experiences, and he partially replaces his father, an irresponsible gambler. It's the adventurous 1990s and the family has only modest funds to live on, a difficult situation for a teenager yearning for new sneakers and girlish admiration. The mother runs a door-to-door cosmetics business and leaves for a better life in Kyiv. Tima follows her, wanting to say goodbye to Felix, only he has disappeared. Years later, as an adult, he returns to the apartment with a lodger. He serves in the army. Grandma has died and the apartment is for sale. All that's left of the past are fleeting piano chords, a store of unneeded items, and the memory of Felix, a portrait of modest nostalgia for a time without war.
Aftersun is set in a Turkish seaside resort in the 1990s. Here, a divorced young father Calum is on a holiday with his eleven-year-old daughter Sophia. However, the easy-going demeanour of the father, who doesn’t spoil any fun and is amused by the fact that others see him as Sophie’s older brother, is obscured by a disturbing veil of melancholy. Charlotte Well’s debut was one of the most pleasant surprises of last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It has a touch of a childhood memory and needs no ostentatious gestures to capture the indescribable intensity of life’s feeling. Suprisingly fresh and inspiring direction, great performances.
Paul Mescal was nominated for Academy Awards and BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role and nominated for a European Film Award.
Shell suits, colourful jackets, big tape recorders, video players, video rental shops at every corner, new social conditions, a flood of various crooks, incipient organised crime and the violence and corruption that goes with it. Director Jonáš Karásek and screenwriter Tomáš Dušička portray the environment of the turbulent 1990s through an action-packed dark comedy. The story of Laco, a museum janitor prone to choleric attacks, is set in an anonymous Slovak small town. Due to his nature, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, resulting in an injury that will scar him for life. Seeking revenge, he embarks on a dangerous mission against the local mafia with his new friend Gabo. Thanks to its audience appeal, Invalid has become one of the most-popular films of the year.
The story of a seven-year-old girl Romy whose little budgie Mimi went missing. Her determination to find Mimi leads her through the ancient Danube forest, where she meets characters with seemingly mundane stories. Romy may not find Mimi, but she discovers much more, such as adventure and new friends, and strengthens her friendship with Cypek. She-Hero is a film dedicated to children, trees, and the river, because they are our only future.
She-Hero had its world premiere at the 73rd Berlinale and won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film.