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  • The Tattooist

    IX edition

    The Tattooist

    After many years in prison the tattoo master gets to know his adolescent son. But instead of winning his heart, he abuses him for personal revenge against his long-time rival. At the very last moment he finally realizes that his lost son is the key to his freedom.

    Maro, a 41-year-old inker, is released after ten years in prison. He has long since lost faith in both himself and the world into which he now returns, and struggles to find his place in today’s hyper-capitalist society. Too much has changed, too fast. Tattoos, which in Maro’s days symbolised nonconformity and rebellion, have become a mass phenomenon.

    Unsure what else to do, Maro reopens his old tattoo parlour. Business is relatively slow at first, at least until he is approached by his brash 17-year-old son, Rafo, who is looking to reconnect with his estranged father, and aspires to become an inker himself. This unexpected visit offers Maro a second chance to be a real parent to his child. However, instead of seizing the opportunity, he embroils his son in his plan to take revenge for past grievances against his long time rival, Kalman, whose daughter, Lulu, is making eyes at Rafo. Both men try to exploit their children to pay off old scores, but despite that, the young couple fall hopelessly in love. It is not until the entire situation gets dangerously out of hand that Maro realises how much his son means to him – he needs Rafo, and he could not bear to lose him, but is it too late?

    Slovak Rep.

    Agda Bavi Pain

    Author, writer, screen-play-writer.
    He has written and published prose, poetry and reviews under different pseudonyms in a variety of Slovak literary publications and newspapers (Kultúrny život, SME, Pravda, Hospodárske noviny, týždeň, Vlna, Romboid, Nota Bene, RAK, Domino fórum, Dotyky, a i.), book compilations (anthologies, Poviedka 1996, 2001, 2002, 2005, Ars Poetica 2006 a i.) both home and abroad (Európska ústava vo verši, Passauer Pegasus a i.). His works was also broadcasted on the radio (Rádio Slovensko, Devín, Regina, Twist a i.).
    He was awarded six times by the literature competition Poviedka, and also holds the prizes from the: Rubato, Jašíkove Kysuce, Wolkrova Polianka, Literárne Topoľčany etc. In the Pupet Theathre Žilina his play Pes Hugo a ukradnuté Vianoce (Dog Hugo and the Stolen hristmas); had a premiere in November 2002. At the same time his first book was published – Kosť & Koža (Bone and Skin); that he also made illustrations for.
    In October 2006 publishing house L.C.A. had published his “killer” novel Koniec sveta (End of the World) that consist of two parts: A čo keď sa na mňa niekto díva (What if someone is Watching me) and Jesoskero Nilaj; based on these there are currently ongoing preparation for film by the company ALEF (Želary, Kruté radosti). For the screenplay – the company had gained grant in the year 2002 by the Bonton Zlín. Novel was awarded also by the international award Grand Prize for Literature – Bank Austria Literaris in the year 2008 and was published in German under the title Am Ende Der Welt (2008, translated by Mirko Kraetsch).
    In the years 2004 – 2007 Agda was a member of the editorial team for the magazine Revue aktuálnej kultúry (R. of the current culture). He is the co-author and the main screenplay-writer of the cult TV show Rodinné tajomstvá (Family Secrets STV, 2005); in/on which he also participated both as an actor and as a music composer. Later, as the main screen-play-writer, he worked on the reality show: Slovensko hľadá SuperStar 2 (STV, 2005/06), Nevera po slovensky (JOJ, 2008) and other TV projects both at home and abroad (Obchod so šťastím (STV, 2008), Kriminálka Anděl (TV Nova, 2008). For the Dezorzovo Lútkové Divadlo (puppet theater) he worked on the puppet plays for the adult audience: Perún. Hrom bezbožných abo Pogrom Slávia, Mengele Show, Desperanduľa; both as the author, and as the head dramatist. Currently he is creating his works as a freelancer.
    In October 2013 the film Babie leto (Indian Summer) by Gejza Dezorz after the script by Agda Bavi Pain, Gejza Dezorz and Agda Bavi Pain´s book came in Slovak cinemas. It is an exotic and explosive mixture of rough humour, tension and action scenes, in which blood is mixed with spirits, laugh with tears and paid sex with burning love. The drama also about bizarre micro-world of criminal community, as well as relationships on the outskirts of society, combines features of film genres as

    Slovak Rep.

    Martin Repka

    Martin Repka is a graduate of the Film & Television Academy VSMU in Bratislava.
    He is the director, author and producer of several internationally successful and award-wining short
    films such as „Swimming“, „The last Supper“ & „Thieves“.
    His full length feature film debut „Return of the Storks“ was the Slovak National entry for the 80.
    Academy Awards. The film was co-produced by ARTE Germany, screened on over 40 Int. Festivals
    and won the Hessian Screenplay Award in 2006 and the Slovak Screenplay Award „Cena Tibora
    Vichtu“. In 2011 he joined the AMOUR FOU Vienna Team as Head of Postproduction and Production
    Manager. Currently he develops several film projects with a main focus on East – West Coproductions.
    His latest short film „Tiger Fight“ (European short pitch 2012 selection) shot in Chennai,
    India December 2012, was finished in 2013.
    | FILMOGRAPHY (selection)
    Navrát bocianov (Return of the Storks) SK/DE/CZ (Cinema/96min)
    Skryvacky (Hide & Sike) CZ (TV-Film for Czech TV/88min)
    Short films:
    Schwimmen (Swimming) – FBW-Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
    Das letzte Mahl (The last supper) – FBW-Prädikat: wertvoll
    Zlodeji (Thieves)
    Durst (Thirst)
    Von Sinnen (Five insensitive senses)
    Tiger Fight
    KERKAR / THE TATTOOIST in Development / Co-Author: Agda Bavi Pain

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

    “ScripTeast’s top-notch team of professional advisors, each year’s talented group of participants, and venues in Poland, Germany and France continue to make it the very best development workshop in the world today.”

    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

    Scott Alexander

    “ScripTeast is a fascinating mix of cultures, political ideas, and voices. I learned a lot, and I think the participants learned a lot more. If only they served vodka!”

    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA