Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovakia has selected the drama feature movie ‘Let There Be Light’ as its official entry to compete for Best International Feature Film (ex-Best Foreign-Language Film category) for the Academy Awards 2020, reported Variety.
‘Let There Be Light‘ (Nech je svetlo) is a Slovak-Czech co-production directed by Marko Škop, which premiered earlier this year at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, in the famous western Bohemian spa town.
Škop’s youth and family drama centers around 40-year-old Milan, who works in the construction sector in Germany to provide for his family in Slovakia and who discovers that his eldest son, Adam, has joined a far-right para-military youth movement.
Lead actor Milan Ondrik won the award for Best Actor at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his poignant portrayal of a father and “fascinating figure full of contradictions”, according to the Hollywood Reporter, slowly discovering the truth about his own son and struggling for the survival of his family.
Marko Škop, a 45-year-old filmmaker from the city of Presov, previously directed the 2006 documentary ‘Other Worlds‘ (about eastern Slovaks living in the region of Saris), 2009 documentary ‘Osadne‘, winner of the best documentary award at Karlovy Vary, as well as a 2015 feature movie, ‘Eva Nova‘.
Last year, Slovakia had selected ‘The Interpreter’ (Tlmočník), directed by Marin Sulik, for its official entry for the Oscars’ Best-Foreign Language Film Category.
The highly-coveted Academy Award eventually went to Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s celebrated ‘Roma‘ – despite high hopes for another Central European bid, Pawel Pawlikovski’s black-and-white drama ‘Cold War‘.
Although Slovakia has never won the Oscars for best foreign movie since 1993, two Czechoslovak movies did, at the height of the country’s cinema golden age: ‘The Shop on Main Street‘ in 1966 and ‘Closely Watched Trains‘, two years later.