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RIVERS OF BABYLON

  • Language Slovak
  • Subtitles English
  • Runtime 102 min
  • Country Slovakia, Czech Republic
  • Filming locations Slovakia
  • World Sales ALEF FILM & MEDIA
  • Release year 1998
  • Color Color

This film was financially supported by

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  • FUND FOUR ROSES FOR SLOVAK FILM
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Annotation

The arrival of a simple, but mysterious and brutal Rácz at a boiler-room of a big hotel in the capital city and his rise to financial and political power is the background for exciting, foolish, dramatic as well tragic situations and stories. Rácz, on his way to power and wealth, is not stopped by any method or act when he is to reach his aims to govern the area in which he lives.

The film based on the 1990's bestseller of the same title brings a sarcastic parable about the unstoppable rise of an individual to power.

"Rivers of Babylon is a truly original film. For one thing it rejects the ruralism prevalent in Slovak cinematography, but it is even more astounding in its message. The return to subversive political allegory as a cinematic form of expression makes it unique, not just in Slovakia but in Central and Eastern Europe generally." (Andrew James Horton)


AWARDS

  • The Award of Slovak Film Critics 1998
  • The Rudolf Sloboda Award 1998 LITA's annual award for the Best Screenplay - Peter Pišťanek, Marian Urban
  • IGRIC 1998 Director Award - Vlado Balco
  • IGRIC 1998 Camera Award - Martin Štrva
  • IGRIC 1998 Special Jury Award for Producer
  • Story Peter Pišťanek
  • Scriptwriter Peter Pišťanek, Marian Urban
  • Director Vlado Balco
  • Director of photography Martin Štrba
  • Editor Dušan Miko
  • Sound Juraj Filo, Juraj Oravec, Peter Mojžiš
  • Music composer Jaroslav Filip
  • Production designer Milan Ferenčík
  • Production Manager Vlado Krajniak, Peter Veverka, Alexej Guha
  • Producer Marian Urban

CAST

  • Rácz Andrej Hryc
  • Video-Urban Ady Hajdu
  • Silvia Diana Mórová
  • BARBORA KODETOVÁ, MIROSLAV NOGA, ĽUBOMÍR GREGOR, PETER BZDÚCH, STANO DANČIAK