Director: Barbora Sliepková
Original title: Čiary
Country: Slovakia
Year of release: 2021
Runtime: 81 minutes
Colour: Black and white
Language: Slovak
Subtitles: English

Producer: Barbara Janišová Feglová
Writer: Barbora Sliepková
Camera: Barbora Sliepková, Michal Fulier, Maxim Kľujev
Editing: Máté Csuport
Sound: Michal Horváth
Music: Jonatán Pastirčák

The black and white film oscillates between intimate portraits of seemingly random protagonists and a socially critical account of the impact of urban transformation on both personal and community life. The almost neo-realistically stylized footage shows the everyday hustle and bustle of contemporary Bratislava whose inhabitants, in addition to their own woes, have to cope with the constant grind of urban construction, collapsing traffic and rising housing prices. The peculiar visual compositions and neurotic orchestral music create an audiovisual poem about the reality of modern urban life, in which even painting lines on the road can be seen as a philosophical reflection.

„Being home alone is still a great luxury. Being alone in the world is unbearable. When you’re alone often, you tell yourself that’s probably how it’s supposed to be.“ (Barbora Sliepková)


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