The European Union (EU) Film festival was inaugurated by the Hon’ble union Minister of state (I/C),Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports,Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd). The festival will be held from 18th June to 24th June 2018, in Delhi, wherein 24 films from 23 European Union countries will be screened. The entire festival will travel to 11 cities in India. The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Sh. Amit Khare IAS, Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Mr. Raimund Magis, Charge’daffairesa, Delegation of the European Union to India, Sh. Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General , Directorate of Film Festivals, Ms Katarina Tomkova, Deputy Head of Mission, The republic of Slovak, Mrs. Katerina, producer of the inaugural film Little Harbour and Mrs. Indrani Bose, Deputy Director, Directorate of Film Festivals.
The Inaugural function was followed by the screening of the inaugural Slovak film, Little Harbour directed by Iveta Grofova, and coproduced by 3 producers, Katarina krnacova, IvetaGrofova and Jiri Konecny. Before starting of the film, the producer of the film, Katarina gave a little brief about her film and said that this film is based on the book which is written based on true events.This is a story inspired by true events about two children whose innocent play will change their lives forever. Katarina announced in the auditorium which was almost full to its capacity that though I am a producer, yet I will be able to answer all the questions about this film after the film is over, because I have been to various countries in Europe along with my director.
After the screening of the film, I had an excellent opportunity to interact with Katarina, when I observed that she was more than willing to answer my questions.
Have u been to any film school after your basic qualifications?
No, I have never been to any film/Television institute in Slovkia. I did my graduation in Visual Art. However, I did one year production workshop. I had passion for good cinema.
How did u think of making Little Harbour ?
I came across a book which was written based on true events. I was quite impressed by the book
Can U tell me some details about the book?
Yes, The name of book is Piataloď [The Fifth Boat] which was originally released in 2010. It was awarded the prestigious Anasoft Litera Prize and was named the Slovak Book of the Year. It has been translated into Czech, German, Hungarian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Polish and Romanian. In Croatia, Piataloď was released as part of a series of thirty contemporary European novels. To this day, it has inspired several scripts written by the students of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and the Film and TV School at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, as well as a short animated film, two monodramas by Rosa Pokorná and SlávaDaubnerová, and a play by the Slúchadlo Theatre. The feature film Piataloď/Little Harbour by director IvetaGrófováwas premiered in 2017
Has the director of the film Iveta Grofova not come along with u to India?
No, she is pregnant and not advised to travel at this stage. Little Harbour is her Second feature film; whose debut, Made in Ash, was nominated as the Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2012.
Film has received acclaim at various festivals?
Yes, Little Harbour had its world premiere at IFF Berlinale 2017 where it was awarded with a Crystal Bear for The Best Film in Generation K plus section.
Can u tell me something about your protagonist, Jarka?
Jarka is portrayed by the young Vanessa Szamuhelová, whom we spotted in the corridor of one of the schools we visited while looking for our actress. During the auditions, she proved to be the best of nearly a hundred candidates. Vanessa is a nice and easy-going girl who can nevertheless express the depths necessary in this role. She can be playful, but she can also act out more demanding scenes. As an actress, she is very natural and unpretentious.
How was your visit to India?
It is excellent. I wish I could stay in India for a little longer time. I have to rush back because I am working on 3 films now.
European Film Festival in Delhi has been very successful film festival. For Delhi film lovers of contemporary Cinema this is most welcome film festival in Delhi after shifting of IFFI to Goa in 2004. I congratulate all officers of Ministry of I&B and Directorate of Film Festival, New Delhi on the great success of EU film festival. I specially congratulate Sh. Amit khare IAS, Secretary, Ministry of I&B and Sh. Chaitanya Prasad, ADG /DFF for organizing their first EU Film Festival in New Delhi.