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Synopsis

The documentary by Czech director Jan Gebert depicts the frightening, yet sometimes involuntarily funny image of Slovenskí Branci, the “Slovak recruits”: a paramilitary organisation, established by 18-year-old Peter Švrček and a few like-minded people (maniacs, one might want to call them, but it’s not that easy). Peter is a decent and law-abiding young citizen who believes his generation lacks discipline and “leadership”. To remedy this grievance, he organises very special weekend activities in the Slovak forests, which are intended to provide young natives with paramilitary training and a hierarchical group structure. In “official” terms, the group doesn’t exist as it might be banned, but one can’t really be certain about that either. In conversations, Švrček is always correct and wouldn’t allow himself extremist statements, but it is quite obvious that he has nothing but contempt for the Slovak state and for the “left” and the “liberals”. Jan Gebert accompanies the ambitious young man and recruit Adam, who rises within the Slovenskí Branci in the course of filming. At close range, the director shows their inconspicuous everyday life, private moments and the ambitions of this troupe, which acts deeply anti-European.

Guests

Jan Gebert

Jan Gebert

Director and Writer When the War Comes
In Vienna: April 19-20

Moderator

Melanie Jacobs

Melanie Jacobs

Moderator film program

Nicole Bachleitner

Nicole Bachleitner

Moderator Film Programme
Narrator Shorts Women and War

When the War Comes

Original Title

Až přijde válka

Director

Jan Gebert

Script

Jan Gebert

Genre

Documentary

Category

Documentary Competition

Country

Croatia, Czech Republic

Year

2018

Language

Slovak with Engl. sub.

Running time

76 min.

Distribution/Contact

CAT&Docs

Dates

Thursday 19.04.

18:45 Actors Studio 1

Friday 20.04.

17:00 Actors Studio 1