When the War Comes

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    When the War Comes

    Až Přijde Válka

    Directed by

    Czech Republic, Croatia

    2018

    78 min

    • Slovak

    Documentary

    Peter Švrček is a well-dressed, self-confident young man who believes that what his generation lacks is leadership. That’s why he organises very special weekend activities in the Slovakian forests. With a few like-minded people, he has created the Slovenskí Branci, the ‘Slovak Recruits’, which offer young locals paramilitary training and a hierarchical group structure. In order not to be declared a prohibited organisation, the group decided to forgo an official founding event. Švrček is the born leader, a man who always manages to remain calm and polite and, as slippery as an eel, knows how to wriggle himself out of tricky situations. But his friends are fully aware that, when it comes to liberalism and Slovakia’s current state authorities, he has nothing but a weary smile. Director Jan Gebert follows both the ambitious Švrček and a young recruit named Adam, who climbs the ranks of Slovenskí Branci during the filming. Shot at close quarters, this documentary captures both the protagonists’ unremarkable everyday lives and private moments as well as the ambitions of the founder of this deeply anti-European paramilitary force.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jan Gebert
    Cinematography
    Lukáš Milota
    Editing
    Jana Vlčková
    Music
    Johny Poupě
    Production
    PINK
    Sales
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    ...captures both the protagonists’ unremarkable everyday lives and private moments as well as the ambitions of the founder of this deeply anti-European paramilitary force.

    Berlinale

    Jan Gebert

    Jan Gebert

    Czech Republic

    Jan Gebert is a journalist and filmmaker. He graduated in History and Latin American studies at Charles University in Prague. He also studied in Spain, USA and Mexico. In 2007 he received the Story of a Refugee Journalist Award from the UNHCR, in 2008 the European Commission's Journalist Award given as part of the campaign For Diversity, Against Discrimination. His film debut STONE GAMES (2012) premiered at the Jihlava IDFF and received the Special Jury Prize. His latest documentary WHEN THE WAR COMES had its world premiere in the Panorama Dokumente section of the Berlinale 2018 and screened in the Regional Competition section of Zagreb IDFF 2018.

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