Let There Be Light

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    Let There Be Light

    Nech je svetlo

    Directed by

    Slovak Republic, Czech Republic


    93 min

    • Slovak


    Milan (40) has three children and does construction work in Germany in order to provide for his family in Slovakia. While visiting his home over Christmas he discovers that his eldest son Adam is a member of a para-military youth group. The boy is involved in bullying and the death of a class-mate. The father has to decide what to do. In this process, along with his wife, he comes to discover the real truth about their son, their family, themselves and the community around them.


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    • Best Actor (Milan Ondrik), Ecumenical Jury Commendation - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • The Silver Atlas / Prix De La Mise en Scène - Arras FF



    Milan Ondrík
    František Beleš
    Zuzana Konecná
    Lubomír Paulovič
    Katarína Kormaňáková
    Maximilián Dušanič
    Daniel Fischer
    Csongor Kassai
    Marko Škop
    Ján Meliš
    František Krähenbiel
    David Solar
    Oskar Rózsa


    Avoiding almost all of the thriller tropes that tend to make films about fascism formulaic, LET THERE BE LIGHT excels because it focuses on a family with day-to-day issues.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    The first big fiction production in Central Europe to deal directly with the rise of the extreme right wing.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    More important than the factual reality of the topic is Škop's straightforward but nuanced script, in which small details reveal much more about modern-day Slovak society than is explicitly shown.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    A multilayered, earnest, relatable state-of-the-nation drama.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Marko Škop

    Marko Škop

    Slovak Republic

    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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