Archive of films Facing the Enemy / Rozhovor s nepriateľom

Slovak Republic
2007, 126 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2007

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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Remake, s.r.o.
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EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Patrik Lančarič
Screenplay: Peter Pavlac, Patrik Lančarič, Marko Igonda
Dir. of Photography: Peter Kelíšek
Music: Vladimír Martinka
Editor: Ľubomír Čechovič
Producer: Marek Veselický
Production: Farbyka
Cast: Marko Igonda, Alexander Bárta, Boris Farkaš, Monika Hilmerová, Juraj Kemka, Marián Miezga
Contact: Farbyka, Remake, s.r.o., EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH
Distributor: Remake, s.r.o.


Patrik Lančarič

Film Director / Producer

Marek Veselický


Peter Kelíšek

Director of Photography, Film Director / Producer, Director of Photography

Boris Farkaš

Actor, Actor

Alexander Bárta

Actor, Actor

Monika Hilmerová

Actor, Actor

Marko Igonda

Actor, Actor

Richard Homola

Film Crew


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