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Slovak and Hungarian cinema in the spotlight at the Cinematik Film Festival

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- The line-up of the festival’s 16th edition includes a host of award-winning European films from recent and previous festival seasons

Slovak and Hungarian cinema in the spotlight at the Cinematik Film Festival
107 Mothers by Peter Kerekes

The International Film Festival Cinematik will welcome Peter Kerekes’s recently Venice-premiered film 107 Mothers [+see also:
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on its domestic turf as the film will open the festival’s 16th edition. Cinematik will celebrate Slovak cinema with further titles, led by Peter Bebjak’s Best Foreign-Language Oscar nominated film The Auschwitz Report [+see also:
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, Michaela Pavlátová’s animated drama My Sunny Maad [+see also:
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, father-daughter Hungarian-Slovak drama Wild Roots [+see also:
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by Hajni Kis, and Erika Hníková’s documentary Every Single Minute [+see also:
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. The competition section Cinematik.doc will present the latest crop of Slovak documentaries, including Miro Remo’s high-octane portrait of “an angry man” At Full Throttle [+see also:
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, Maia Martiniak’s exposé on birth trauma Unseen [+see also:
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, Marek Janičík’s portrait of one of the most significant Slovak literary personalities of the 20th century The Wandering Dutchman Ľubomír Feldek, and Lucia Kašová’s feature debut The Sailor [+see also:
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In addition to this focus on domestic titles, the festival’s section Magnified showcasing national cinemas will be highlighting Hungarian films: genre fare with crime thrillers Tall Tales, Valan – Valley of the Angels [+see also:
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, and Loop [+see also:
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, vampire retro-comedy Comrade Drakulich [+see also:
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and Gábor Reisz’s poetical semi-autobiographic drama Bad Poems [+see also:
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will be accompanied by Szabolcs Hajdu’s Karlovy Vary Best Film winner It’s Not the Time of My Life [+see also:
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. Furthermore, the retrospective section Respect will be dedicated to Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi, mapping her career with her shorts Mole and Invasion, her feature debut My 20th Century, Simon, the Magician, Golden Bear-winning drama On Body and Soul [+see also:
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, and her most recent work The Story of My Wife [+see also:
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European arthouse fare is traditionally shown in the competition section Meeting Point Europe, rounding up films from current and previous festival seasons. Radu Jude’s Golden Bear-winning film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn [+see also:
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and Alexandre Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
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will be screened along with award-winning films such as Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades! [+see also:
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, Jasmila Žbanić’s Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
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or Victor Kossakovsky’s Gunda [+see also:
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. More European films can be found scattered throughout the festival's line-up, such as Juja Dobrachkous' Bebia, à mon seul désir [+see also:
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 and Joachim Trier's The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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in the Artistic Directors selection, animated film Fritzi: A Revolutionary Tale [+see also:
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and Michel Hazanavicius' The Lost Prince [+see also:
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in the section Other Spaces, and Paul Verhoeven's latest provocation Benedetta [+see also:
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and Valdimar Jóhannsson's Lamb [+see also:
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in the section Paths of Glory.

The full line-up of the 16th edition of the International Film Festival Cinematik in the Spa town of Pieštany, Slovakia is available here.

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