Rules of the Game

  • Slovakia
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“I was born here and lived here during communism. Then I emigrated, thus somewhat tearing myself away from this context. Yet it remains one of my homelands. I like coming back here. For my film I reviewed history of Slovakia. It is not, however, just a film about Slovakia. I like to look at things from a more universal perspective. Always and everywhere there is a bunch of people who manipulate the world, who impose the engineered visions upon their human subjects. The film has a neutral ending, as if a new film were about to begin, one that no one sees, an eye looks at the audience. The ending of the film depends on us. We are the ones to create reality. Everyone keeps on complaining and criticising. I know that it is hard to start form oneself, but we all are responsible for the way we live and will live here.”

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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