Dusan Trancik's documentary The Optimist examines the life of Ludovit Winter, a businessman and spa founder. The Journey of Magdalena Robinson (dir. Marek Šulík) tells the story of a concentration-camp survivor and of Slovakia's wartime legacy.
Peter Benovsky’s The Last Caravan looks at four families of itinerant entertainers, and Daniel Zemancik’s Janik presents a man who runs an escort service for older gentlemen.
Features in the selection include two period films: Vaclav Marhoul's Tobruk, about a Czechoslovak battalion in Libya during WW2; and Dusan Rapos’ Gypsy Virgin, about a woman musician in the 18th century.
The section includes three features under an hour in length: comedy Big Respect (dir. Viktor Csudai), thriller Surprise (dir. Gabriel Hostaj) and Smog (dir. Daniel Rihak), about an under-achiever musician.
Shorter films include Mill (dir. Mariana Cengel-Solcanska), a retelling of a ballad. Rural Round (dir. Diana Novotna) follows a village doctor. Clothes For Her (dir. Jana Szaboova) is a grandfather's personal story.
The selection is rounded out by animated shorts About Socks and Love (dir. Michaela Copikova), Metamorphoses (dir. Lenka Psencikova) and The String (dir. Michal Meszaros).
Theodore Schwinke Cineuropa.org