Servants

Original title: Služobníci
Director: Ivan Ostrochovský
Cast: Samuel Skyva, Samuel Polakovič, Vlad Ivanov, Vladimír Strnisko
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 80
Language: Slovak
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Aerofilms
Section: Main Competition

Michal and Juraj are theological seminary students in the totalitarian Czechoslovakia of the 1980s. Their teachers worry that the regime could shut the school down, so they urge the students to behave in such a way that would be satisfactory for the Communist Party. Both young men are nearing a tough decision. Will they succumb to temptation, choose the easier way and submit to pressure, or will they refuse to bow down and be forced to face the ever-vigilant Big Brother?

Ivan Ostrochovský

The Slovak filmmaker graduated in audiovisual studies and documentary film in Bratislava, and continued working there as a director and producer. After several documentaries, he directed his first live-action film, Goat, which premiered at Berlin IFF. He worked on his latest film, Servants, as a screenwriter, director and producer. The film premiered at this year's Berlin IFF.

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