“Václav Havel was the bearer of the values that were at the start of the societal changes in 1989. Truth and love were to win, though ultimately the fight was about political power. There were debates about equality in law, about justice, tolerance and the need for solidarity. None of the ideals has been yet fulfilled. Our film is a statement that the passing of Václav Havel, in reality and symbolically, has marked an end of an era which we shall remember as a wasted opportunity. And if we prepared to split from the Czechs? No, we were not. A number of Slovaks did not even want the split. Ultimately the split proved to be a good test. We had to stop pitying ourselves that we were administered from Prague and that we could not implement our vision for Slovakia. We had to assume responsibility for ourselves literally overnight. We passed the test in some aspects, in others we failed. Yet we lost in the Czechs a well-placed mirror that would have enabled us to confront ourselves. I think we sometimes miss it.”
What is “Slovakia”? How to explain the notion of “Slovakia” of the past 20 years to an unknown stranger, a visitor from another planet? What is the genetic makeup or the software for “Slovakia”? How to use it? How does it change?
Slovakia 2.0 is a film about twenty years of independent Slovakia as seen from the perspective of ten film directors. It is composed of ten 10-minute films of different genres ranging from drama, through animation and documentaries, to experimental film. The ten recognised film directors who offer an answer to what is Slovakia include a wide range of generations, views and genres, namely Juraj Herz, Martin Šulík, Peter Kerekes, Zuzana Liová, Mišo Suchý, Ondrej Rudavský, Iveta Grófová, Peter Krištúfek, Viera Čákanyová, and Miro Jelok.
The result is unique artistic reflection of contemporary history of Slovakia and, equally, a reflection of Slovak cinematography in its different forms.
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