“If you want to criticize something, you have to start with yourself. If you want to make fun of something or someone, you must allow and experience self-irony. If you are not critical and sarcastic mainly towards yourself, you have no right to bring in a verdict. Not even in film, let alone in life. I don’t like it when a film moralizes, when ideological decay judges who is good and who is bad, without a doubt. The director should be the first one to stand on a pedestal and cut his own head off. This is the only way for him to have a free hand to play with various themes and behead others. I did not try to make a film about Slovakia but about Slovaks and their gradual normalization. Then I met a person who is one of the few to go against the current by the way he lives, acts, thinks; in a non-normalized way."
What is “Slovakia”? How to explain the notion of “Slovakia” of the past 20 years to an unknown stranger, a visitor from another planet? What is the genetic makeup or the software for “Slovakia”? How to use it? How does it change?
Slovakia 2.0 is a film about twenty years of independent Slovakia as seen from the perspective of ten film directors. It is composed of ten 10-minute films of different genres ranging from drama, through animation and documentaries, to experimental film. The ten recognised film directors who offer an answer to what is Slovakia include a wide range of generations, views and genres, namely Juraj Herz, Martin Šulík, Peter Kerekes, Zuzana Liová, Mišo Suchý, Ondrej Rudavský, Iveta Grófová, Peter Krištúfek, Viera Čákanyová, and Miro Jelok.
The result is unique artistic reflection of contemporary history of Slovakia and, equally, a reflection of Slovak cinematography in its different forms.
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