The Bells of Happiness

  • Slovakia
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Pregnant Mariena and her cousin Roman live with their families in a poor Roma village in the East of Slovakia. They both admire the Czechoslovak pop stars Karel Gott and Dara Rolins. They like the singers’ lifestyle and their songs. Mariena and Roman decide to send them a DVD with a videomessage and a Roma remix of their hit single “Zvonky šťastia” (The Bells of Happiness). The film follows the process of creating the message on the backdrop of life in the village.

Slovak subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original title
    Zvonky šťastia
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marek Šulík, Jana Bučka
  • DOP
    Štefan Bučka
  • Editing
    Peter Kotrha
  • Music
    ZrN (Pavol Smolárik, Miloslav König)
  • Sound
    Jakub Fišer, Dušan Kozák, Bohumil Martinák
  • Duration
    62 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Slovakia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • ARTFILMFEST 2012, Slovakia
    • MFF Karlovy Vary 2012, Czech Republic
    • Film Europe Award - Cinematik IFF 2012, Slovakia
    • Dny evropského filmu 2013, Czech Republic
    • Aye-Aye 2013, France is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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