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DVD Edition Slovak Cinema of the 80-ies

DVD The Fountain for Suzanne

The Fountain For Suzanne - DVD Cover

The second full-length film of director Dusan Rapos. It was based on Eleonora Gasparova novel at the same title. It is a story about the life and troubles of young people living in the city. The original Slovak music composed for the film by Vaso Patejdl contributed greatly to the film’s atmosphere.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - Dusan Rapos, Vaso Patejdl, photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD The Fountain for Suzanne.

DVD A Path across the Danube

A Path across the Danube - DVD Cover

In WWII, Czechoslovakia split into the Slovak State and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Former pilot Viktor Lesa works for the Slovak Railway Mail and often comes to the border town of Ludendorf, the former Czech town Breclav. In order to impress a young female colleague, he redirects an important package. The Gestapo shows up in the town and Lesa together with a Jewish clerk, Tichacek, have to run for their lives. They ride a cargo train to Slovakia and they decide to escape to Hungary by crossing the Danube.

Film was directed by Miloslav Luther in 1989.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies (director Miloslav Luther, screenplay writer Vladimir Korner), photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak and English.
Menu: Slovak and English.
PAL System

Order: DVD A Path across the Danube.

DVD Only a Day

Only a Day - DVD Cover

A joint work of three debuting directors. It is a film about former rock musicians, members of a banned rock band. The friends were forced to replace their ideals by settled family lives and ordinary jobs. When their former lead singer has to go to hospital for therapy, they get an unexpected opportunity to play together again and racall the old times. The day when all needs to be arranged for the performance is full of small lies, compromises, and morally doubtfull decisions. Film was directed by Michal Ruttkay,Vladimir Stric and Kvetoslav Hecko in 1988.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies (Michal Ruttkay,Vladimir Stric and Kvetoslav Hecko), photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak and English.
Menu: Slovak and English.
PAL System

Order: DVD Only a Day.

DVD Another Love

Another Love - DVD Cover

A story of a young student of medicine, who arrives in a small mountain village after being accused for carrying out ilagal abortion. The film reflects the moral decline of the society, where stealing in secret and making compromises again one ’s beliefs make up mundane reality.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies -director Dusan Trancik, screenplay writers Jiri Krizan, Alois Hanusek, photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD Another Love.

I Love, You Love

I Love, You Love - DVD Cover

A tragicomic film about people from the social periphery. Director Dusan Hanak portrayed people with a sensitive understanding, without romanticizing. That was also why the film, similarly to Hanak’s previous works 322 and Pictures of the Old World, ended up on a shelf until 1988. Impressive performance are given by Czech actress Iva Janzurova, Polish actor Roman Klosowski and Serbian actor Milan Jelic. In 1989, the film won a Silver Bear for the Best Directing from the IFF Berlin.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - Dusan Hanak and Dusan Dusek, photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD I Love, You Love.

The Southern Mail

The Southern Mail - DVD Cover

After The Assistant, The Southern Mail is the second novel of Ladislav Ballek to be adapted to the movie screen. It is set in a fictitious border town in the south of Slovakia shortly after WWII, when the new state borders were just drawn on the maps. The recollections of a forty-year-old author about his childhood take us back to the 1940s. We see the un-certain times, the conflicts, and the colourful characters of the multi-cultural region of southern Slovakia through the wondering eyes of a five-year-old boy.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - Ladislav Ballek, Stanislav Parnicky - director, photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD The Southern Mail.

DVD Night Riders

DVD Night Riders

Two men of principle face each other. One is backed by a whole, however poor, village, the other by the law. It is a conflict that reaches its climax in the closing shoot-out. Instead of the Wild West, the gunshots go off on the Slovak-Polish border. Michal Docolomansky as the horse smuggler and Radoslav brzobohaty as the customs officer from Prague meet in Martin Holly's Night Riders in a western-like confrontation set in the insecure years if the newly founded Czechoslovak Republic.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - director Martin Holly, screenplay writer Tibor Vichta, photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD Night Riders - Sold Out.

DVD She Kept Crying for the Moon

DVD She Kept Crying for the Moon

A tragicomic story from a rural setting was based on the collection of short stories by Milka Zimkova, who was also cast in the led role. The lives of Jolana Ovsena and her illegitimate daughter pavlina seem to copy each other. Johana, a single mother, watches her daughter make the same mistake as she herself had made in the past. The makers of the film fad very good knowledge of village life. Stefan Uher's film is an authentic picture of the way of life, regional traditions, and mentality of people from eastern Slovakia.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - director Stefan Uher, director of photography Stanislav Szomolanyi, photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD She Kept Crying for the Moon - Outsold.

DVD The Assistant

The Assistant - DVD Cover

A story of a family that after WWII moved to the south of Slovakia and acquired a prosperous butcher business left behind by a Hungarian emigrant. From the previous owner, the family inherited a self-assured, greedy assistant who does not like to observe any firm moral principles. He assists the family in gaining wealth but in the long run, he causes the family's moral dissolution. In his most successful feature film, director Zoro Zahon combined a complex drama with excellent acting performance, especially that of Hungarian actor Gabor Koncz in the lead role.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - director Zoro Zahon, screenplay writer Ondrej Sulaj photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD The Assistant.

DVD Sweet Troubles

Sweet Troubles - DVD Cover

A comedy about Simon, an honest, clever confectioner. In practical life, the humble bachelor becomes an easy prey to his boss, his mother, and hords of women eager to get married. The story incorporates well-tested methods of nearly all major periods in the history of film comedy: from a lumierish etude with the garden hose to a melancholic tramp to the menace of the streets Jacques Tati. Director Juraj Herz made a major contribution to the modest tradition of Slovak film comedy.

Bonus information: press coverage, biographies - director Juraj Herz, director of photography Dodo Simoncic, screenplay writer Ondrej Sulaj photogallery.
Subtitles: Slovak, English.
Menu: Slovak, English.
PAL System

Order: DVD Sweet Troubles - sold out.

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