Archive of films Visible World / Viditeľný svet

Slovak Republic
2011, 104 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2011

The film’s lonely protagonist Oliver works as an air traffic controller at Bratislava airport. He lives in the obscurity of a housing estate where he has a view onto his neighbours’ windows. For him the young family opposite represents an ideal of happiness he determines to become a part of. Ivan Trojan takes the lead in this intimate psychological drama.


The film’s main character, Oliver, works as an air traffic controller at Bratislava airport. He is of Czech origin and, although he has worked in Slovakia for many years, he has not managed to blend in. He lives an anonymous life on a large housing estate from where he has a view onto the windows of the other tenants. Oliver’s attention is focused on a young family living opposite who use their balcony mainly at mealtimes. The parents with their two children embody the happiness which has eluded him. From his initial admiration, Oliver’s feelings turn to envy and a desire to appropriate their contented life for himself, even if it means breaking the law. Peter Krištúfek’s feature debut is dominated by the performance of Ivan Trojan in the leading role, who once again proves that his exceptional skills as an actor are not restricted merely to likeable characters. In addition to Trojan, Krištúfek’s subtle direction is supported by other first-rate performers and draws on depictions of the less familiar recesses of the Slovak capital.

About the director

Peter Krištúfek (b. 1973, Bratislava) studied film and television direction at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava. He wrote and directed a number of documentaries, some of which focused on popular figures (actor Milan Sládek, photographer Jan Saudek). His film Snapshots (Momentky), portraying the life and work of musician Dežo Ursiny, was screened at the Karlovy Vary festival two years ago in the section A Musical Odyssey. In 2004 he made the television feature Long Short Night (Dlhá krátka noc), a psychological drama about the emotional traumas of a young woman. Visible World is his feature debut for the big screen. Apart from filming, he has worked as a radio host and composer; he is also a successful writer. He has won several prizes for his literary works; in addition to short stories he has also written two novels.


JMB Film & TV Production, s. r. o.
Koreničova 12, 811 03, Bratislava
Tel: +421 (0)2 5920 4611

Bontonfilm, a.s.
Na Poříčí 1047/26, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 257 415 111
Fax: +420 257 415 113

About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Peter Krištúfek
Screenplay: Peter Krištúfek
Dir. of Photography: Martin Štrba
Music: Peter Krištúfek
Editor: Maroš Šlapeta
Producer: Milan Stráňava
Production: JMB Film & TV Production, s. r. o.
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Jana Hlaváčová, Kristína Turhanová, Dagmar Bruckmeyer, Martin Mňahončák
Contact: JMB Film & TV Production, s. r. o., Bontonfilm, a.s.
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.


Peter Krištúfek

Film Director

Soňa Javorská


Milan Stráňava


Ivan Trojan


Aleš Danielis


Martin Štrba

Director of Photography, Film Director


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