October 19 - 22, 2011
The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia

Benedek Fliegauf

Independent Film-making

Fliegauf's films are characterised by an ability to create psychedelic and claustrophobic atmosphere through sophisticated sound design and sound score and long (often static) takes. Thematically, Flieglauf places his interest in taboo topics of incest, drug addiction, death and suicide providing in this way studies on modern society. Although he did not attend any film school, he drew attention of producers to his short film and was afforded to work under professional conditions in Inforg Studio.

His first feature Forrest (Rengeteg, 2003) won the Wolfgang-Staudte-Preis for best debut feature at Berlinale in 2003. The low-budget episodic film was compared to Thomas Vinterberg's Dogme film, Festen in a way representing the scenes with extreme feelings. His second feature Dealer (2004) has attracted attention at number of international festivals (e. g. Mar del Plata Film Festival) demonstrating Fliegauf's vivid audiovisual style. Milky Way (Tejut, 2007), unique ambient film consisted of ten single long takes and shot from a static camera position, earned Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival in 2007. The fourth feature Womb (2010) is Fliegauf's English language debut with screenplay awarded in 2008 edition of ScripTeast, promoting stars Eva Green and Matt Smith.