SYNOPSIS
Oliver is a lonely forty-something working as an air traffic controller. He appears to be isolated and his personal life is empty. He fills his time by watching TV and observing the family living in the house across the street – he regards them as an ideal of happiness. At first he just watches the family, but gradually he wants to learn more about them. He finds that things often look different from a distance, that the borders of oneʼs private life are more fragile than one would expect. Evil is endemic and discrete; we carry violence around inside ourselves. You never know whoʼs watching you...

DIRECTORʼS STATEMENT
Visible World takes as its theme the business of watching and observing, the modern phenomenon of voyeurism. In addition, it asks some important questions: Where and how fragile are the boundaries of privacy? Do we have the right to enter into other people's lives? Is evil demonic and supernatural, or rather endemic and discrete? Visible World is a contemporary psychological drama. It takes place in a housing estate in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Along with Sartre, we ask “who actually is Hell? Is Hell really other people, or do we all carry it around inside ourselves?” Ultimately, it seems that, given the right circumstances, everyone has the capacity to be Hell for others...

PROFILES
Peter Krištúfek (director, scriptwriter) was born on 23.6.1973 in Bratislava. He graduated in film and television directing at VŠMU in Bratislava (1996- 2000) and has pursued a career in this area. He has made more than twenty authorʼs documentaries and is author and director of two short-length feature films. He made the full-length feature film Dlhá krátka noc (Long Short Night, 2003, 90 min) – for which he also wrote the musical score – for Slovak Television. The film won the Igric Award and three awards at IFF Artfilm Trenčianske Teplice 2004. His next film was a full-length documentary about Slovak musical legend Dežo Ursíny called Momentky (Snapshots, 2008, 90 min) which was screened at the 44. IFF Karlovy Vary in the Musical Odyssey section and was nominated for the 2009 Central European Silver Eye award at IDF Jihlava. He has been engaged in directing television literature magazine programmes for several years.
He is author of three collections of stories, novellas and a set of scripts. His first novel Šepkár (The Prompter, 2008) was the Slovak nomination for the Prix du livre Européen and an excerpt from the novel was published in the Best of European Fiction 2010 anthology. His second novel Blíženci a protinožci (Twins and Antipodeans) was short-listed for the Anasoft Litera 2010 Award; it is currently being translated into Bulgarian and German.

Ivan Trojan (Oliver) was born on 30.6.1964 in Prague and of all contemporary Czech actors is one of the best known and in most demand. In 1987, he graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. From 1988 he worked at the Realistic Theatre, later in the Vinohrady Theatre and today in the Dejvicke Theatre, where he has played many distinctive characters. He won the Thalia Award in 1999 for his role as Oblomov. He has played the leading roles in such films as Loners, One Hand Can't Clap, Želary, Wrong Side Up, Václav, The Brothers Karamazov and the popular TV series Četnické humoresky. He has won the Czech Lion four times in the best male performance category (Smradi, One Hand Can't Clap, Seducer and Václav).

Milan Stráňava (producer) was born on 9.7.1955 in Bratislava. He worked in Slovak Television (STV) in the Chief Editorʼs Office for Drama Programming as Head of Production. He graduated in production and management at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava, where he currently acts as a lecturer. He has been the owner and statutory representative of JMB Film & TV Production since 1993.

Martin Štrba (cinematographer) was born on 26.8.1961 in Levice. He studied photography in 1976-1980 at the Secondary Art School in Bratislava and in 1980-1985 at the Department of Cinematography at the Film Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague. He has worked with a number of Slovak and Czech directors – Martin Šulík, Vladimír Balco, Vladimír Michálek, Michaela Pavlátová and others. He lives in Prague.

JMB Film & TV Production was established in August 1991 in Prague and in March 1993 JMB Film & TV Production Bratislava was established. In addition to many television and radio commercials and advertising spots, promotional activities and video clips, the company has made a number of television films and series, documentaries and full-length feature films, which they also produced or co-produced. The company is currently focused on the production of full-length feature films, documentaries and television projects. Amongst others, the company has made the following feature films: Na krásnom modrom Dunaji (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), ... kone na betóne (... Crying for the Moon), Tábor padlých žien (The Camp of Fallen Women), Stůj, nebo se netrefím (Halt, or Iʼll Miss), Konečná stanica (Terminal Station), Polčas rozpadu (Half Breakdown) and TV series: Duchovia (Ghosts), Zborovňa (Teachersʼ Staffroom).

Director

Peter Krištúfek

Writer

Peter Krištúfek

Cast

Ivan Trojan

Jana Hlaváčová

Kristína Turjanová

Dagmar Bajnoková

Martin Mňahončák

Peter Trník

Marián Mitaš

Release Date

2011

Runtime

90min

Producers

JMB Film & TV Production

Co-producers

Slovak Television

Financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic