Festival Tips for Today

The Devil Never Sleeps / Anniversaries With The SFI – Jozef Kroner 100 
16:00 Úsmev – Impulz

The satire The Devil Never Sleep is the first film adaptation of the novel by writer and playwright Petr Karvaš. This film also marks the beginning of Karvaš’s long‐standing creative collaboration with director Petr Solan. Solan, along with fellow debutant František Žáček, based the film on three of Karvaš’s short stories: Smutný káder, Typický prípad, Veľkorysá kampaň. The film’s content is unified by the work and personal problems of the main character, the young and timid clerk Cyril Kvasnička. While the film’s situational comedy reflects the era of its creation, a sense of detachment and sarcasm becomes apparent in the second half. For example, it reveals the typical paranoia and vigilance of the regime, such as the suspicion of the sad cadre, and high‐ lights the pervasive phraseology that contrasts the constantly idealized reality with the lived experience.

The Death of Mister Lazarescu / Golden Camera

17:30 Úsmev VSE Cinema

Mr. Lazarescu, aged 63, resides in a dilapidated tenement flat with three cats. His wife passed away eight years ago, and his daughter has since relocated to Canada.

It’s Saturday night. Mr. Lazarescu is not feeling well, so he calls an ambulance. He has run out of pills he needs and seeks help from neighbors. Disturbed from their domestic tranquility, they believe the old man has had a little too much to drink. Finally, the ambulance arrives, initiating an absurd odyssey through hospitals. Doctors cannot agree on a diagnosis and therefore on the correct treatment. They remain indifferent and Mr Lazarescu loses himself deeper and deeper into the Bucharest night. „The film speaks about a world where love for our fellow man doesn’t exist, about someone whose need for help is ignored by all round him,“ said Cristi Puiu.

Mars Express / Late Night Show

20:00 Kulturpark JOJ Cinema I

In 2200, private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a notorious hacker.

On Mars, they descend deep into the underbelly of the planet’s capital city where they uncover a darker story of brain farms, corruption, and a missing girl who holds a secret about the robots that threatens to change the face of the universe. Mars Express premiered in 2023 at Cannes Film Festival and at the same year was selected for competition at Annecy International Animation Festival. The film was nominated for the César Award for Best Animated Film.

”Our desire is to give back to the audience the cosmic and existential dizziness given by the classics of the genre, such as Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey or Robocop. The science fiction that we love is at the point of collision between a genre and the future. This science fiction makes it possible to tackle universal human themes and its problems.” Jérémie Périn

The 30th edition of the International Film Festival Art Film will take place thanks to the support of:

Organiser: ART FILM FEST s.r.o.;

Co-organizers: City of Košice, K13 – Košice cultural centers, ART FILM FEST, n.o., LGM, s.r.o., FORLIVE;

The festival was financially supported by: Audiovisual Fund
The festival is co-financed by the Košice self-governing region from the Terra Incognita program;

Major advertising partner: Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a.s.;

Main partners: Národná lotériová spoločnosť TIPOS, Východoslovenská energetika, EUK-Force, SPP, CODES Brand House;

Automotive partner: PORSCHE; Official hotel: Hotel Yasmin;

Main media partners: TV JOJ, Pravda, Eurotelevízia;

Advertising partners: construction company Adefex, Jadrová a vyraďovacia spoločnosť, a.s.,  Best Press, U. S. Steel Košice, Betpres, Transpetrol, SLOVAKIA TRAVEL, ANTIK Telecom, Cinema Úsmev, CORE LABS, Lucka spring water;

Technological partners: NOV, ZEBRA, DELTA OnLine, ARICOMA, BigON;

Official contractors: DKC Veritas, Eastern Slovak Museum in Košice, Krušovice BOHÉM, BARZZUZ, DOMOS SLOVAKIA, Restaurant Contessa, Café Slávia; Official wine: Kubbo Select and Ostrožovič;

Media partners: JOJ PLAY, JOJ 24, Film Europe, Rádio KOŠICE, aktuality.sk, Forbes, Korzár, Slovenka, SITA, TASR, See & Go, BigMedia, Košice City Guide, Film.sk, Visit Košice, diva.sk, zenskyweb.sk, MOJAkultúra;

Partners: Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť, Nadácia CEF, Slovnaft, AUPARK Košice, Carmeuse Slovakia, JOJ Cinema, Hydrotour travel agency, Taper, YumEarth, KAIFER advokátska kancelária s.r.o., Deva, WITKOWITZ SLOVAKIA, Košice Airport, ECO Technologies, CPK Slovakia, Casa Trade – Casablanca cafe, DC MEDICAL, KPK Reklama, Kvitok, HAIR Factory Košice, Kvety Garomi, Air Taxi, Tesco Stores SR, a.s.;

Financial awards partners: CANON, Filmarina;

Catering partners: Ohnisko – Fire Dining & Brew Bar, Pub u kohúta, El Nacional, Maiko Sushi, Café de Paris, Tabačka Kulturfabrik; BISTRO Blanc, Andiamo GROUP, BENZE; Red Velvet Cake Bar; Tahiti, Café Veritas