WHEN THE WAR COMES

At first glance Peter lives the life of a typical European teenager – he lives with his parents, has a pretty girlfriend, he got into college. However, his real life is elsewhere – as the head of a paramilitary group called “Slovenskí branci” that recruits hundreds of Slovak teenagers with the silent approval of the authorities. The group’s goal is simple – to prepare for war time and create a model community based on military drill, obedience and fear. Peter dreams that one day he will be able to convince the entire society – as a great politician. With When the War Comes, director Jan Gebert portrays a leader on the rise and touches on the very topical themes of nationalism and the mechanism of power.

Official selection Berlinale 2018 – Opening film Panorama Dokumente Nominated for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award

Winner of:

Zagreb Dox: Movies That Matter Award - Special mention

LET'S CEE: Best Documentary
One World Slovakia: Main Award
Astra Film Festival: Best Documentary in the Central & Eastern Europe Award
Silver Eye Award: Best East & Central European Documentary Film
Festival Dei Popoli: Best Anthropological Film

Nominated for Czech Film Critic Award - Best Documentary  

 

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DIRECTED BY

Jan Gebert

PRODUCED BY

PINK - Radovan Síbrt, Alžběta Karásková

CO-PRODUCED BY

HBO EUROPE - Tereza Polachová, Hanka Kastelicová
HULAHOP FILM - Dana Budisavljević, Miljenka Čogelja

LINE PRODUCER                          

Karel Poupě

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Lukáš Milota​

ORIGINAL IDEA AND SCRIPT

Jan Gebert

EDITING

Jana Vlčková

MUSIC Johny Poupě