Až do mesta aš

Made in Ash

A naive teenage girl heads west from Slovakia to the Czech-German border, dreaming of a better life, but succumbing to exploitation as hard times and discrimination narrow her options and dispel her illusions. Due to the low cost of living, the unemployment and the proximity to the borders, the area has become an ideal place for middle aged Germans who are looking for female company. Non-professional actors and handheld camera punctuated with interludes of animation contribute to a gritty but lyrical portrayal of border town realities, directed by newcomer Iveta Grófová and produced by Ivan Ostrochovský. (UCLA)

Director's Biography
IVETA GRÓFOVÁ, born 1980 in Trenčín, Slovakia. Graduated from the Faculty of Animated Film in 2004 and the Faculty of Documentary Film in 2009 at the Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts. MADE IN ASH is her first feature film and had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012. // Films (selected): ASPOŇ ŽE TAK (At Least, 2003, short), BOLO NAS 11 (There Was 11 of Us, 2004, short), POLITIKA KVALITY (The Politics of Quality, 2005, short), GASTARBEITER (Guest Workers, 2007, short), AŽ DO MESTA AŠ (Made in Ash, 2012)
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Iveta Grófová
Slovakia / Czech Republic 2012
80 minutes
Slovak / Czech / German
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Iveta Grófová, Marek Leščák
Cinematography Viera Bačíková
Editing Maroš Šlapeta
Sound/Sounddesign Tobias Potočný
Music Matej Hlaváč
With Dorotka Billá, Silvia Halušicová, Robin Horký, Jarka Bučincová, Mária Billá
Producer(s) Jiří Konečný, Barbara Kipsová, Ivan Ostrochovský
Protos Productions, endorfilm, Punkchart films, Czech Television, Atelier.doc, partizanfilm, Hulapa film, RTVS
World Sales
Punkchart films
World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012
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