Slovak films head north
by Theodore Schwinke
Following engagements in Trieste and Palm Springs, Slovak films continue their international tour with appearances in Rotterdam and Göteborg.
Audiences at the International Film Festival Rotterdam can see Foxes [+see also:
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Also screening in Rotterdam is Jaro Vojtek’s documentary The Border. The film depicts life in the village of Slemence, which in 1946 was split by a new border between Czechoslovakia and Ukraine.
Director Juraj Lehotský (Blind Loves [+see also:
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At the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival, audiences can see two of the most outstanding Slovak films of recent years, including the country's Oscar submission, Broken Promise. Jiří Chlumský's moving film, based on a true story, follows a young Jewish man fighting for survival in Jozef Tiso's Nazi-puppet state.
Documentary Cooking History also screens in Goteburg, in the It's All True section. Director Peter Kerekes' insightful and entertaining look at cooks in various European armies won the Golden Hugo in Chicago and was named Best Documentary in Vienna.
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