Osadne

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    Osadne

    Directed by

    Slovak Republic, Czech Republic

    2009

    65 min

    • Slovak

    Documentary

    Short synopsis 1. The mayor of OSADNÉ, Mr. Ladislav Mikuláško, is a political record-holder. He has held the position of the village boss for a respectful thirty-six years. His spiritual counterpart, the Orthodox priest, Peter Soroka, has buried fifty people and christened two children over the past five years. The mayor and priest have decided to fight for the survival of the village, together with their wives who are their important shadow advisors… Short synopsis 2. OSADNÉ is a film about an encounter between current top European leaders and the local politicians from the last village on the edge of the European Union. The small village of Osadné welcomes a delegation from the European Parliament. And vice versa – the mayor and priest from OSADNÉ visit Brussels institutions on invitation from the European Parliament. Long synopsis The mayor of OSADNÉ, Mr. Ladislav Mikuláško, is a political record-holder. He has held the position of the village boss for a respectful thirty-six years. His spiritual counterpart, the Orthodox priest, Peter Soroka, has buried fifty people and christened two children over the past five years. The mayor and priest have decided to fight for the survival of the village, together with their wives who are their important shadow advisors… The mayor and the priest know that the village’s future could lie in tourism. They ask the PR manager of the Rusyn Revival Movement, Fedor Vico, to help them in promotion of the village. This politician, with a sense of humour worthy of Don Quixote, manages to draw a visitor from the highest level in Brussels to Osadné. Member of the European Parliament Milan Gaľa is touched by the situation in the village and he invites the local politicians to Brussels. Eighty thousand people visit the European Parliament in Brussels every year as part of organised excursions. During their trip from the “edge of Europe” to the “centre of the European Babel” the heroes from OSADNÉ sightsee and comment on the huge spaces in the Parliament, they visit the meeting room for 785 Members of Parliament and – especially – they meet elite European politicians who they make familiar with their new projects...

    Awards

    • Best Documentary Film Award - Karlovy Vary IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Ladislav Mikuláško
    Miluška Mikulášková
    Peter Soroka
    Eva Soroková
    Justín Soroka
    Fedor Vico
    Milan Gaľa
    Vladimír Remek
    Ján Figeľ
    Jarka Sabolová
    Archbishop Ján
    Screenplay
    Marko Škop
    Cinematography
    Ján Meliš

    Director's Statement

    The microworld of man in the macroworld of people. That is the geocentric point around which the films I am interested in turn. OSADNÉ is the result of an endeavour to make an account of one small big world on the border of our country, and thus on the border of the EU, where the asphalt road ends and the primaeval beech forest begins. It is a subtle story about the local leaders and representatives of a village who get the chance to touch the world of top European politics… It all started with a report from the European Parliament that I saw on TV. Mayors from Slovak villages were talking about their experiences in Brussels in front of a camera. Local politicians commented on European politics right there on the spot, i.e. where European politics are made. Each Member of the European Parliament can invite 100 visitors a year for an excursion and in this way eighty thousand people pass through the Parliament every year… I tried to imagine what these mayors would have experienced in Brussels… What they went there with… And what they came back home with… And how they talked about it at home …What report did they give at home to their wives, what report to the local authority and what did they say over a drink in the pub? The interpretation of experience is another topic that I wanted at least to touch on. Sometimes we choose slightly different words to describe our experiences, depending on who we are talking to… That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re lying – it’s just that, from time to time, we need to be diplomats for the good of our own cause. And who is more closely in touch with the art of interpretation than politicians… I want to deal with the most important thing at the end: that is our heroes – the mayor Ladislav Mikuláško and the Orthodox priest Peter Soroka, together with their wives who are their most important shadow advisors. The film tells the story of their journey from Osadné to Brussels and back to Osadné. It is a story about the plans that we make, a story about the battles that we choose to fight. And, at the same time, a story about reality which we cannot change and about everyday life which sometimes gets us down and sometimes helps us to forget. And then there are fateful moments over which we have no influence… A small big story…

    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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