Midnight Mass

Poľnočná omša
CSK, 1962, 88 min.

Director: Jiří Krejčík
Producer: František Milič (Film Studio Bratislava-Koliba)
Screenplay: Albert Marenčin, Jiří Krejčík and Peter Karvaš
Director of Photography: Rudolf Stahl ml.
Music: Zdeněk Liška
Cast: Jozef Króner, Hana Meličková, Ladislav Chudík, Ivan Mistrík, Emília Vášáryová

Christmas Eve 1944: the lives of the residents of an ordinary Slovak town are marked by Nazi repression, which will intensify when a trio of partisans joins them. The Kubiš family is immediately concerned with the situation, because one of the wanted men is their youngest son Ďurko (Ivan Mistrík). However, the commander of the German unit, the fierce Major Brecker (Hannjo Hasse), also resides with them. The depressing drama was directed by Jiří Krejčík and based on Peter Karvaš’s play of the same name. The diverse palette of characters portrayed by the superbly composed acting ensemble shows various attitudes toward dramatic events in Slovakia, following the violent suppression of a national uprising. Also noteworthy is the musical score that the composer Zdeněk Liška filled with carols and Christmas compositions that create a steep contrast to the chilling events shown on the screen. (Milan Hain)

Friday | 23/8 | 2:45 pm | Nova Cinema Hall