On Wednesday there was a first screening meeting in Film and TV Faculty in Bratislava. Students from schools in Ukraine and Slovakia presented seven movies. Most of these concerned relations between people from a psychological point of view. Among the, there were feature films, two documentaries and two animated movies. After the screening, the young filmmakers were invited onto the stage to give the audience a chance to ask a few questions about the process of creating their films. Despite  the fact that some of the filmmakers were a little shy and nervous, the atmosphere during the Q&A was nice and cozy, which encouraged them to share their experience. 

The idea of meeting with filmmakers was good and well prepared but there are some details, which could be changed in the future. For example, it would be better if the creators could sit rather than stand, which would allow them to answer the questions in a more comfortable situation. 

All films were interesting and imaginative but definitely Slovak movies were the ones that will remain for long time in our memory. Two films in particular caught our interest. The most exceptional was “Chilli”, an animation directed by Martina Mikusova, which involves the problem of passion, aggression and misunderstanding between men and women. The main inspiration was naive art and music, which helped create a very intricate metaphor. –  As You have seen in the film, Chilli is kind of catalyst/leitmotiv of the whole cycle. It is something like a metaphor. Sometimes in a relationship there is something which is like a spark that starts the conflict. So in this particular film chilli causes the whole cycle of violence and passion. And obviously chilli is an aphrodisiac as well, so…[laugh] – explained the producer of “Chilli”, Erika Paulinska

Another noteworthy movie was directed by Barbora Sliepkova, who shot a documentary about her younger sister who isolated herself from people around her. Her suffering moved the audience, which after the screening wanted to hear more about her story. Moreover, it turned out that this movie was a kind of treatment for the main character. As director said: ‘One guy even sent a letter which was actually a thank-you note for the movie. We wish there were more reactions like that. Because some of the viewers, who have the same problem, could feel, even for a brief moment, that they are not alone. The film also had a therapeutic influence even on my sister. For her, as a person who was not able to expose herself, taking part in this movie was a first step to fight with that weakness’

The best advantage of About my sister was definitely the topic. The production itself was decent, however the form of the film was not original. Summing up, the director proved that she is a promising young filmmaker because she managed to tackle a really hard topic and she convinced her sister to take part in it. Making a documentary about one’s relatives is always a serious challenge and Barbora Sliepkova definitely succeeded.

We are grateful for giving us the possibility to watch movies made by young, promising filmmakers. It allowed us to broaden our minds , which is valuable because it lets us know different sides of film creation.

©Maciej Sztąberek & Filip Koszlaga