Directed by Marek Šulík
Duration 71’ | Slovak, Roma with English subtitles
Production Country and Year: Slovakia, 2017
Produced by: Žudro
Producer: Jana Belisova
Director of Photography: Marek Šulík
Sound: Richard Fülek, Martin Merc
Editor: Marek Sulik, Peter Kotrha
Ťažká duša (Heavy Heart) arose as a part of the ethnomusicological research of ancient Roma songs. These songs are usually connected with memories and experiences of their singers. In a community where family, culture and music play a pivotal role in daily life, the poetically driven documentary gives us a glimpse into the world of three young people that are manoeuvring their way through questions on modernity, change, traditions and dreams. Traditional music is an emotional catalyst in the relationships these youngsters share with their family and how does one keep from this catalyst disappearing with the constant social changes. The slow and melancholic narrative of the film gently guides the viewer into the omnipresent struggles between the old and the new.
Marek Šulík went on to graduate from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava. In 2005 he was awarded the Zentiva award for young filmmakers at the international film festival Febiofest, Bratislava. Through his work, which centres on the social documentary he often collaborates with non-governmental organisations as a director and editor.
Jana Belisova will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.