The Lust for Power



Script: Tereza Nvotová, Josef Krajbich, Tereza Nvotova, Josef Krajbich, Barbora Námerová
Photography: Martin Žiaran
Editing: Josef Krajbich
Sound: Radim Hladík jr.
Music: PJONI -
Producer, Co-producer: Zuzana Mistríková (PubRes), Ľubica Orechovská (PubRes), Tereza Polachová (HBO Europe), Pavel Strnad (Negativ Film Productions), Kateřina Černá (Negativ Film Productions), Johny Galvin
Color: Colour and B&W
Language: Slovak, Czech, English

In recent Slovak history, there’s hardly a more significant figure than Vladimír Mečiar. Director Tereza Nvotová approaches him from several different directions. One is an interview that she conducted with him directly, another is his narrative monologue that presents Slovak history against the backdrop of his own family history, and finally through archival images of Mečiar’s public appearances in the media. Her film, accompanied by aerial images of the Slovak landscape as it appears today, poses the question of what Mečiar meant for the her generation, for society at the time, and for Slovakia in general.

“When I was 10-years-old, we´d make believe that we were E. T., Winnetou or Mečiar. Now I want to find out who he really was and what he has done to us and to our country because now I see the same story playing out all over the world.“ T. Nvotová

The film is being screened in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic.


Slovak director Tereza Nvotová (1988) graduated from FAMU and debuted her first feature length documentary Take It Jeasy!, a Czech production, at the 2008 Ji.hlava Film Festival. She also contributed to the Czech Television series Báječná léta bez opony (2009) about successful personalities of the post-communist era. This year she shot her fiction film debut Filthy, on the topic of rape.

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PUBRES / Zuzana Mistríková / Grösslingová 63 / Bratislava / Slovakia / +421 52 634 20 3 / /
Festival edition: 2017
Sections: Opus Bonum
Premiere Type: World Premiere
Exhibition format: DCP
Subtitle languages: English, Slovak
25.10.2017DKO I 20:00
24.10.2017DKO I 20:00


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