‘Špína’, a crude portrait of sexual abuse

Slovakian director debuts in the 62nd Seminci’s Meeting Point section with her first feature film Špína (Filthy), a film based on a true story 

10/22/2017. – Tereza Nvotová presents her debut feature, Špína, in the Meeting Point section of the Valladolid Film Festival, a film with a crude story that conveys the terrible reality faced by many women in her country.

The film tells the story of Lena, a young woman who falls in love for the first time but who sees her world collapse when her teacher rapes her in her own home. She, instead of reporting this traumatic experience, decides to keep it secret and try to deal with an incomprehensible society and her conscience without realizing that she is not the one that deserves to be punished.

Nvotová, director of ‘Špína’

Špína is based on two real stories that happened to some friends of the director. Nvotová says that this is a fairly common issue in her country, but that, just like the protagonist of the film, many women remain silent because of a lack of trust in society. For her, the main theme is sexual abuse because many people think that it only happens at night, in dark streets, but that is not really the case, and that for most victims the most dangerous place is the home.

Špína has been screened in many cinemas in Slovakia and has created a serious debate around this taboo subject. “It’s not about blaming anyone, but about telling a story that is happening,” said the filmmaker. “It’s very difficult to explain the system, but I’ve tried to see the world through the eyes of the protagonist,” she added.

The film was filmed in and around Bratislava, as well as in the largest psychiatric hospital in Slovakia. “The characters that appear in the film are real patients, people who came from other centers and who had those same problems,” said the director. In addition, she points out that she also worked with real actors, who were the only ones who had the script, but who also did improvisational scenes together.

Finally, the Slovakian director stressed that she does not want to say what she thinks of the end of the film, she prefers to leave an open ending for the viewer, but said she wants to convey a happy ending, in which the protagonist can continue with her life.

Une nuit

On the other hand, Lucien Burckel de Tell, after having participated in the 59th Valladolid Film Week with Replica, returns to Seminci with the short film Une Nuit (One Night). It narrates the life of Sara, a young woman who, one weekend afternoon, is left with a man she meets through a dating app who does not satisfy her desires which later become true sexual impulses.

According to the young director, Une Nuit is about Sara’s quest and the sexual exploration of its protagonist, who hides behind a sentimental frustration. And although their acts may be condemned through a certain moral, they are much more universal than it seems. Burckel ensures that, at all times, he seeks to create a relationship between the viewers and the actress, and thus, to ensure that after the screening there is an empathetic connection.

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