28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Barbora Sliepková
original title: Čiary
country: Slovakia
year: 2021
running time: 80 min.


The black and white film oscillates between intimate portraits of seemingly random protagonists and a socially critical account of the impact of urban transformation on both personal and community life. The almost neo-realistically stylized footage shows the everyday hustle and bustle of contemporary Bratislava whose inhabitants, in addition to their own woes, have to cope with the constant grind of urban construction, collapsing traffic and rising housing prices. The peculiar visual compositions and neurotic orchestral music create an audiovisual poem about the reality of modern urban life, in which even painting lines on the road can be seen as a philosophical reflection.

„Being home alone is still a great luxury. Being alone in the world is unbearable. When you’re alone often, you tell yourself that’s probably how it’s supposed to be.“ (Barbora Sliepková)


Q&A with Barbora Sliepková:


Barbora Sliepková (1993) studied documentary direction at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She directed the episode Xenophobia for the documentary series entitled Black Swans (2018) and she prepared an episode about Viera Mecková for the series of portraits of Slovak architects, Icons (2020). Her film Lines won an award in the Eastern Promises category at the IFF Karlovy Vary.

more about film

director: Barbora Sliepková
producer: Barbara Janišová Feglová
script: Barbora Sliepková
editing: Máté Csuport
music: Jonatán Pastirčák
sound: Michal Horváth
co-producer: Soňa Horváthová, Nazarij Kľujev
executive producer: Nicole Brlej
Ministerstvo kultury
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Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
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