Samko tál’s cemetery book
Samko Tále, slightly retarded local figure earns his living by collecting waste paper. His innate kidney disease has left him with lifetime disability: stunted in growth and maturation, he is mentally stuck at childhood-level and speaks a quirky language filled with invented, comic vocabulary. His limited logic and child-like perspective rob him off the ability to fully understand the world; nuance escapes him, other people’s acts and habits are often a source of outrage to him.
Born and raised back in the Communist era, he lives Komárno, provincial Slovak Hungarian town which he has never left. A thorough knowledge of the locals and his strong sense of „right and wrong” made him a Communist informer. Because, as he believes: „That’s the law, right? Right!”
When his fortunetelling uncle Otto claims „he will write a book one day”, Samko’s unshakeable passion for order-keeping makes him scribble a short inconsistent text which he names „The Book of the Cemetery”.
But the real book is yet to come… in a form of a thick grey notebook where night by night Samko puts down all the information woven into life stories he ever observes about the people of Komárno – Darinka Gunárová, the object of his attention who hates her Communist father, Karol Gunár, her father and communist commissar who hired Samko as an informer, Tonko, Darinka’s childhood love who dies at strange circumstances which only Samko and Karol Gunár can explain, Ivana, the sister of Samko and a great artist, who is proud of her lifetime achievements till she learns one day everything she believed was a lie… Years pass by, tables turn – Communism is over, Karol Gunár to whom Samko used to report is dead. What will become of Samko, the admirer of absolutist claims and great leaders? To whom will his book serve now?
Tereza originally enrolled for three years study of sociology at the Comenius University in Bratislava to later continue as a writer and graduated from the Film and Television Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2010 ‐ 2011 she attended Hoge School Sint Lucas Brussel as part of her studies.
As a writer she has participated in a number of Slovak and Czech television and film projects including: tv series Z MESTA DO MESTA, PATRÓNI ĽUDSKOSTI, OLD TOWN TALES, DR.EMA, OCHRANCOVIA and ROK KOŇA; feature POMOCNÍCI by Saša Gojdičová and animation FIFI FATALE.
Graduated from VŠMU (The Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava) – Department of Film and Tv Editing and Comenius University – Management, Major in Human Resources.
Michal has been active in commercial and tv production since the age of 18. He established the production house Sokol Kollár and co-founded the Czech production company Fog ‚N’ Desire Films. In 2007, Michal produced his first feature THE CATFISH SUMMER A year later, he was a minority co-producer on Viktor Tauš’ feature THE GREAT THAW which posted around 650,000 admissions in the Czech Republic and 55,000 in Slovak Republic. Michal then boarded young Slovak director Zuzana Liová’s feature debut THE HOUSE (project participated in 1st edition of ScripTeast and won K. Kieslowski ScripTeast Award) which became the first Slovak film to screen at the Berlinale for 20 years in 2011. It was very well reviewed both in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, where it was compared to films of such authors as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, numerous local journalists regard “The House” as the beginning of the “new-Czechoslovak new wave”.
Later on together with Viktor Tauš’ produced next feature CLOWNWISE and now is in post production of THE RED CAPTAIN which he also directs. The project RED CAPTAIN was developed within 6th edition of ScripTeast.
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