Presented by the Consulate General of Slovakia
Slovakia/Czech Republic. Dir. Martin Kollar, 2016, 50 mins. Digital projection. In Slovak with English subtitles. New York premiere. Renowned photographer Martin Kollar—whose uncanny images locate moments of everyday life slipping into the surreal—brings his distinctive artistic eye to this mysteriously moving, wordless documentary. October 5 is the date the director’s brother Jan will undergo surgery to remove an enormous facial tumor, an operation that even if successful leaves him with a fifty-fifty chance of survival. Facing his mortality, Jan embarks on a cross-continental road trip of reflection, setting out on his bicycle to find peace amidst the solitude of nature. Told entirely through Kollar’s striking, sometimes enigmatic images, 5 October telegraphs the ineffable strangeness and beauty of the world as viewed through the eyes of a man seeing it anew.
Free admission. Screening at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73 Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave), Manhattan. For information and to make a reservation, visit czechcenter.com