ON TOUR IN ROTTERDAM:
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Join us On Tour in KINO Rotterdam and get ready for the Dutch premiere of LET THERE BE LIGHT by Marko Skop. A deeply moving drama of a Slovak father who discovers that his son joined neo-Nazi group. The winner of Best Actor Award and Special Jury Mention at the Karlovy Vary IFF. After the screening, Eastern Neighbours Film Festival offers you the opportunity to reflect on the film with a complimentary drink.
Milan (40) has three children and does construction work in Germany in order to provide for his family in Slovakia. While visiting home over Christmas, he realizes that his eldest son Adam is a member of a paramilitary youth group. The boy is involved in bullying and the death of a classmate. The father has to decide what to do. In this process, along with his wife, he discovers the real truth about their son, their family, themselves and the community around them. A multi-layered drama which deals with religious hypocrisy and rise of right extremism in Eastern Europe.
Original title: Nech je svjetlo
Country: Slovakia/Czech Republic
Length: 93 min
Director: Marko Skop
Screenplay: Marko Skop
Cinematography: Jan Melis, ASK
Editing: Frantisek Krahenbiel
Cast: Milan Ondrik, Frantisek Beles, Zuzana Konecna, Lubomir Paulovic, Katarína Kormanakova, Maximilian Dusanic, Daniel Fischer, Csongor Kassai, Aniko Vargova
Producers: Marko Skop, Jan Melis; Petr Oukropec, Pavel Strnad
Production: Artileria; Negativ, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Česká televize
I am interested in the theme of an ordinary man, one out of the millions, who takes part in the mass xenophobic soul with his own tiny, ignorant particle, when he is confronted with the consequences of hatred in a hard way through events that occur in his own family.
I have the feeling that there exists just a very thin line between affiliation to our own people, to people just like me on the one hand, and a broken nose on the other, when I stop being in harmony with them. I would like to try to depict evil and the mistakes that can lead to it in our unstable existence.
Marko Škop (b. 1974, Prešov, Slovakia). Selected filmography: Eva Nová (2015) – FIPRESCI Prize, Toronto IFF; Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress, Best Actor – Sun in the Net, National Film Awards. Osadné (2009) – Best Documentary Award, Karlovy Vary IFF; Grierson Award Nominee, BFI London FF; Special Mention, Krakow IFF. Other Worlds (2006) – Audience Award & Special Jury Mention, Karlovy Vary IFF; Talent Dove, DOK Leipzig; Best Documentary Film ‒ Sun in the Net, National Film Awards.