Eva Nová

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    Eva Nová

    Directed by



    106 min

    • Slovak


    Slovakia's submission for the Academy Awards

    The story of a woman fighting for her son. Many years ago she abandoned him for her career. Now she is coming out of rehab determined to rectify something for which she has lacked the courage for years.


    • FIPRESCI Prize (Discovery Section) - Toronto IFF
    • Honorable Mention for Acting (Emília Vášáryová) - goEast FF
    • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Emília Vášaryová), Best Actor (Milan Ondrík) - Sun in a Net Awards
    • Special Mention (Parallels and Encounters) - FF Palić


    Labels & Line Ups


    Emília Vásáryová
    Dusan Jamrich
    Anikó Varga
    Valeria Furjesova
    Zofia Martisová
    Jaroslava Sisakova
    Lubo Gregor
    Milan Ondrík
    Gabriela Dolná
    Ján Meliš
    František Krähenbiel
    Marina Andree Škop

    Director's Statement

    The size of the eyes, the shape of the hands or the timbre of the voice… We get them in the genes from our parents and we put them in our own children. We repeat our predecessors. And our children repeat us. From generation to generation, we also transfer mental connections, patterns of behaviour, a spiritual code. I am interested in the issue of family transfers, especially the topic of hereditary guilt. In good and in bad.

    I tried to get immersed in the intimacy of a family. I believe that, despite all the mistakes, we people still have the possibility to embrace, no matter how clumsy the hug may be. Because only love — without useless sentiment — is able to really redeem us.



    Vásáryova... is phenomenal in this role. She carries the weight of the world in her eyes.

    Robert Bell, Exclaim!

    Marko Skop... creates an unglamorous but full-bodied role for veteran thesp Emilia Vasaryova and directs with sensitivity and an eye for patterns of behavior.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Intimate and understated portrait.

    Ben Nicholson, Cine Vue

    A Slovak variation of sorts on John Cassavetes’ Opening Night.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Marko Škop

    Marko Škop


    Fiction enables me to cut right to the core.

    Marko Škop (b. 1974) was awarded degrees in Journalism and in Film Direction in Bratislava, Slovakia. His full-length documentary directorial debut OTHER WORLDS (2006) won a Special Mention from the Jury at Karlovy Vary IFF and was the first-ever documentary in the festival’s history to win the Audience Award. Marko Škop was the script consultant and producer of the film BLIND LOVES by Juraj Lehotský, which had its world première in Cannes at the Director's Fortnight and won the CICAE Art Cinema Award in 2008. His second directorial full-length documentary film OSNADE (2009) was awarded Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary IFF. His film EVA NOVA (2015) premiered at Toronto IFF, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. His latest film LET THERE BE LIGHT (2019) has been selected for Karlovy Vary IFF.

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