Archive of films Facing the Enemy / Rozhovor s nepriateľom
2007, 126 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
Existential drama set during the Second World War in which a Russian commissar interrogates a partisan who has managed to escape from German captivity, even though the order was given for him to be shot. A low-budget film with a more universal testimony, based on the story by Slovak writer Leopold Lahola.
Snow-covered mountain landscapes, Second World War. A Russian commissar is interrogating a soldier, a partisan who has managed to escape from German captivity. He is trying to ascertain whether the partisan bought his freedom with betrayal. He was about to be shot by a German soldier, but the latter needed to talk. He asked the partisan and himself whether it was possible to hate a stranger, only on the basis of an order someone had given. They walked through the forest deep in conversation until they arrived, unobserved, on Soviet territory. Now their roles are suddenly reversed... The feature debut by director Patrik Lančarič, chiefly known for his theatre work, is based on a story by Slovak writer of Leopold Lahola. With the incorporation of footage from the war itself, the film moves away from its spatial and temporal framework to present a more universal testimony. As a low-budget project developed by a group of enthusiasts, the film offers a fascinating alternative to major productions of the genre.
About the director
Patrik Lančarič (b. 1973, Slovakia) graduated from Bratislava’s Academy of Music, where he subsequently taught, and was later appointed Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company in Košice. As a director he staged a series of productions at leading Slovak theatres (Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, Košice State Theatre, Astorka Korzo 90, Studio L + S) and also in Germany (Thalia Theater in Hamburg). He has also directed for radio and television. The film Facing the Enemy is his feature film debut.
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About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Peter Pavlac, Patrik Lančarič, Marko Igonda|
|Dir. of Photography:||Peter Kelíšek|
|Cast:||Marko Igonda, Alexander Bárta, Boris Farkaš, Monika Hilmerová, Juraj Kemka, Marián Miezga|
|Contact:||Farbyka, Remake, s.r.o., EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH|
Film Director / Producer
Director of Photography, Film Director / Producer, Director of Photography