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Slovak Day
Slovak cinema has gained new energy with more diverse feature production in the recent years, confidently making modern genre trips and also addressing current social issues in the style of the understated, critical trend of European independent cinema, following the festival and critical success of Slovak documentary directors. One of them is Marko Skop, whose feature debut, Eva Nova, had an unprecedented success at the Toronto IFF last September. The film studies a family of an alcoholic as she tries to get both her family and dignity back. The lead role is played by Emilia Vasaryova, a distinguished Slovak actress, who will be the guest at Febiofest's opening ceremony and will receive the Kristian for Contribution to World Cinema. Eva Nova is a part of the New Europe Competition. As part of the celebration of the legendary Slovak actress, the Slovak Day section includes one of her early films, made when she was twenty-five-years old, Dragon's Back from 1967. Directed by Eduard Grecner, this feature is considered one of the most distinguished Slovak films of all times, and was also released on DVD last year as part of the prestigious British collection of European film heritage, Second Run. Based on the novel of the same name which is the classic of Naturalist prose, the adaptation focuses on the love triangle of Eva Jariabkova, played by Vasaryova, standing in the middle of two men – her husband, and the enigmatic Dragon, who was banished from the village and whose return brings old grievances and long-suppressed passions back to life. The love drama is a ballad-like image of the Slovak countryside as well as a modern psychological story, which needs only a minimum of dialogue, narrating instead through powerful imagery, acting, and innovative use of sound and music by Ilja Zelenka. Social outcasts are also the protagonists of two brand new Slovak films in this section. The Cleaner suggests the nickname and also the profession of its protagonist, who, apart from cleaning out the apartments of dead people, takes up a new hobby – observing unaware people directly in their flats. Peter Bebjak's (Apricot Island, Evil) stylish and original thriller represents a dark, unsettling to genre cinema. Stanko in Rasta Boros' debut is a loser who has his very last chance to impress his Italian mafia boss and sets upon a tragicomic subtle road-movie with the intent to bring back a Slovak girl for his customers.
 
The Cleaner / Čistič / Čistič (Slovakia) Director: Peter Bebjak (Slovak Day )
Dragon's Return / Drak sa vracia / Drak se vrací (Czechoslovakia) Director: Eduard Grečner (Slovak Day )
Stanko / Stanko / Stanko (Slovakia) Director: Rasťo Boroš (Slovak Day )
 
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