AZYL SHORTS festival (5. – 8. 10. 2022 / Banská Bystrica)
in cooperation with Slovak Film Institute
the short film section
MINOR FILMS, GREAT DIRECTORS
This film section assembled for AZYL SHORTS 2022 festival consists from two overlapping compilations of visually and formally unique Slovak short films and trailers for feature films from the second half of 20th century. In the line of short films by well-known directors, which they shot before their feature-length debuts (Viktor Kubal, Dušan Hanák), or after the normalization restriction of their feature-length work (Dušan Trančík, Peter Solan), trailers for films by other well-known creators (Alain Robbe-Grillet, Eduard Grečner and Martin Hollý), mostly from the 60s, enter. So, on the one hand, the selection includes successful, but forced “bounces” from feature work (Peter Solan), or testing filmmaking procedures (combination of photography and animation, Viktor Kubal). On the other hand, the special “asylum” program (70 min) deliberately suggests loose formal and ideological associations between different short forms of film narratives.
FILMS (in this order):
Period trailer: The Man, who lies (Alain Robbe-Grillet / 1968 / 3 min 24 sec)
Just a Leaf from the Field Post (Peter Solan / 1977 / 14 min 27 sec)
Ludvík Maršík from Náchod in the Czech Republic was caught up by the First World War at the painting academy in Vienna. After enlisting in the Austro-Hungarian army, he promised his family that he would write daily. In less than 4 years of the war, he sent 1,500 greetings, of which 477 have been preserved.
Period trailer: Field Lilies (Elo Havetta/ 1973 / 2 min 9 sec)
Tree tops (Dušan Trančík / 1972 / 17 min 53 sec)
A giraffe comes to the buffet and orders a limo. He drinks it all at once and leaves. The gentleman at the counter asks the saleswoman in a panic, don’t you think it’s strange? Yes, it is, the saleswoman replies, he usually drinks rum. But today he will probably be after a binge. A smiling documentary film capturing the work and moments of rest of the members of the Socialist Labor Brigade in the cement plant in Horné Sŕnie.
Period trailer: The Barnabáš Kos Case (Peter Solan/ 1965 / 1 min 27 sec)
We are entering the Atomic Age (Viktor Kubal / 1963 / 12 min 27 sec)
One, two, three, four, five, six. After the completion of the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Electric Age and the time when movie titles are not placed at the beginning or even in the middle of the picture, we are entering the Atomic Age…
Period trailer: Every Week Seven Days (Eduard Grečner/ 1964 / 3 min 25 sec)
Old Shatterhand Came to See Us (Dušan Hanák / 1965 / 12 min 27 sec)
Socialist Czechoslovakia is a well-guarded sanctuary where the indigenous people live their peaceful lives, unaware of the threat from the “Wild West”. But the enemy does not sleep. He waits. You have to learn to be on your guard, because rotten currency foreigners are infiltrating the promised socialist country from the rich western prairies…
Period trailer: Night riders (Martin Hollý / 1981 / 2 min 2 sec)