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  • FERRYMAN

    XVI edition

    FERRYMAN

    Siblings Vojtech, Hilda andMária grewupwithout their father, who fell in World War II. Although each has their own family, in old age they are lonely and frustrated. Hilda, a professional granny, makes money taking care of a flock of children, while Mária lives in a complicated relationship with an abusive religious fanatic and tries to drown her life’s mistake in alcohol. When the state offers financial compensation to senior citizens who lostatleastone parent inthe front line, they set aside past arguments and despite tense relationshipsdecide to join efforts to obtain their father’s death certificate. To find it, they must travel to their birthplace. Jazz musician and funeral home owner Vojtech drives his sisters in a funeral car through the Slovak-Hungarian border region, takingthemto areas nowadays mostly populated by Roma.On the way, they faceinner and outer conflict and come to know colourful figures who join their expedition –a clown travelling to thefuneral of a legendary Pierrot, a professional muse-relative who believes in the pseudo-medical power of chlorine dioxide, a young drug dealer named Elvis, and finally a missing surrealist poet. But their most enduringcompanion is the ever-present death.In the village of their birth, a Roma mayor-visionary, who builds a pilgrimage site beside a stream he discovered through a vision of the Virgin Mary and secured with grant money,is not ofmuchhelp in the search. Vojtech befriends the delinquent Elvis, and despite beingembroiled with a gang, he forces him to give up drug dealing, taking from him a bottle with a psychedelic compound. They meet the 100-year-old Demeter and learn why they were unable to find proof of their father’s death –he survived the war. At the address of their father, who had settled in Czechia under an assumed alias, they only find his widow, who welcomes them warmly and confronts themwiththetruthabout their real identity. In her gazebo, the inadvertently intoxicated siblings experience a state of altered consciousness, a series of hallucinations and dream visions during which they come to terms with their problems and mortality. On the way home, Mária succumbs to herfatal diagnosis and Vojtech arranges his final funeral for her.

    Slovakia

    JÁN KOÓŠ

    He was born in 1993 in Filakovo, southern Slovakia, where healsogrew up.He began his studiesof scriptwriting and script editingat the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica in 2012,and completedhis bachelor’s degree in 2015 with the full-length featurescreenplay “Večná sviňa“(Eternal Swine).It was later published in the publication “Film Screenplaysof Students” and serves as a study material for scriptwriters. Whilestudying, he directed short productions based on his own texts.He completed his master’s degree in 2019 at The Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno(JAMU)with the screenplay “Pár úderov aje preč”(now: Prievozník/ Ferryman), that is currently beingworked on andprepared to be produced with the directorJuraj Nvota.While studying atJAMU, he wrote, produced and directed the short film “Zvukokalypsa”, andhe participated in the creation of several audiovisual and radio formatsas the script editor.He is currently living in Bratislava, has a year of experience as a TVscriptwriter, also as acinema projectionistand since 2020 has been working as ascript editor at Radio and Television Slovakia. In addition to film,he writes poetry and novels, he became thefinalistof the short story competition Poviedkain 2017. He wrote several short comedy dramas for the historicalfencing group Defensores,which he is amemberof, most of which he alsoactedin.

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