What has cropped up from Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts?

Regarding documentary work, a major draw will be films from directors who have enjoyed great success over the past few years among audiences and expert critics both in Slovakia and abroad. From the successful filmmaking trio of director Marko Škop, cinematographer Ján Meliš and editor František Krähenbiel, creators of the acclaimed Osadné (2009), audiences will get to see the documentary Security of the Office (1998/99), on the work of those who protect public servants. Juraj Lehotský, director of the successful Blind Loves (2008), will present his student film Achievements Deserve Diplomas (1996), about a man with a great deal of goals to accomplish. A sensitive look at people living in a nursing home is provided by the documentary Three Days at the Jasov Monastery (1995/96) from Peter Kerekes, director of Cooking History (2008). And the relationships between family members who haven’t seen each other for other thirty years are captured by the documentary She Doesn’t Know Me, Nor Do I Her (1994/95) from director Jaro Vojtek, who introduced his film The Border (Hranica) last year. Among the other titles are Shahram Karimi’s Searching For Illusions (2005), Daniela Rusnoková’s Pure Heart (2004) and Miro Remo’s Arsy-Versy (2009).

Audiences will also get to see animated work such as Lovers Without Clothes (1996) from Katarína Kerekesova, who will also present her latest animated puppet film lionard mioStones at Art Film Fest. The student work of Ivana Šebestová, director of the successful film Four (2007), will be represented by the film Lionardo Mio (2005), on the true origins of the Mona Lisa. A short picture about a Sisyphean struggle, Michal Struss’s In the Box (1999) was nominated for a Student Oscar when it was created. The programme will also include a collective overview of animated student work in honour of the hundredth anniversary of cinema, entitled Steps, Jumps, Years… and the Last One Turns the Lights Off (1995), a witty tale of elephant taming called If Not, So Not! (1997) from Vlado Král, and a film capturing first-date problems – Today Is My First Date (2002) from Boris Šíma, whose film Catch Him! was nominated for a Slovak national Sun In a Net award.

And of course this selection of student work won’t leave fiction film out, either.  Mariana Čengel-Solčanská, director of this year’s upcoming Legend of Flying Cyprian, will present her student picture Abel’s Black Dog (2006), about an introverted man who pretends to have a large, dangerous dog to preserve his privacy. A Jewish Joke, a comedy about family relations, was directed by Viktor Csudai, whose work includes the feature-length film Big Respect (2008). A short story about three women entitled Stefan (1999) was filmed by Peter Bebjak, who is currently completing his latest film The Apricot Island. A poetic portrayal of the relationship between Gauguin and Van Gogh is captured by the film Journeys to Arles (2002) from Róbert Šveda, who is now working on a drama called Čubírková, about Slovakia’s most renowned murderess of the same name.

All in all, Art Film Fest will screen forty-one pictures by students of the Film and Television Faculty at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts.

Photographs can be found at artfilmfest.sk in the Press section.

The Art Film Fest International Film Festival Trenčianske Teplice/Trenčín is made possible through the financial support of the Audiovisual Fund and the European Union Programme MEDIA.    Organizers: ART FILM, n.o., Forza, a.s. Co-organizers: the Town of Trenčianske Teplice, the City of Trenčín, the Trenčianske Teplice Health Spa General Sponsors: Dôvera Medical Insurance, AquaCity Poprad Main Sponsors: Tatra banka, Slovnaft, Veolia Voda – Central Slovakian Waterworks, OHL ŽS, Alison Slovakia; Official Transport Provider: Lancia Logistics Sponsor: DHL; Free student cinepasses provided by: Prvá stavebná sporiteľňa (First Housing-Construction Savings Bank) Sponsor of the Slovak Season section: Zlatý Bažant; Sponsor: AVI Studio, Baske Guest House, Park Hotel na Baračke Official Suppliers: HUBERT J.E., Kláštorná, GS design, Philips Media Sponsors: Slovak Television, Markíza Television, FilmBox, CSTV, Central Europe Television, Rádio Europa 2, Rádio Hit FM, Pravda, .týždeň, Markíza, Pardon, Cinemax, Kam do mesta, zoznam.sk, Boomerang Media, SITA, euroAWK, superobed.sk