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Peter Kerekes & Kazuhiro Soda – Love: 1984

Peter Kerekes


Born, 1973 in Košice, Slovakia. Peter graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Bratislava as a film director in 1998. His school films 'About Three Days in Monastery Jasov ' and 'Morytats and Legends of Ladomirova' won several international awards. His two feature documentaries 66 seasons (2003) and 'Cooking History' (2009) were both selected for competition at several international film festivals. 'Cooking History' received in 2009 the Special Jury prize at HotDocs, the FIPRESCI Jury Award (Leipzig), the Golden Hugo Award for best documentary at Chicago FF and Viennale Film Prize for the best documentary, Vienna. Besides directing Peter is teaching documentary film directing at the Bratislava Film School where he also got his degree himself in film directing.

Kazuhiro Soda


Born 1970 in Japan and lived in New York since 1993. Soda's first feature observational documentary 'Campaign' (2007) got its world premiere at Berlin FF (Forum) and was invited to several film festivals around the world. It received the award for Best Documentary at the Belgrade Int. Documentary FF. His second feature observational documentary, 'Mental', won the Best Documentary Award at the Pusan Int. FF and at the Dubai Int. FF in 2008. This together with the Outstanding Documentary Award at the Hong Kong Int. FF and the Inter-Religious Jury Prize at Visions du Reel both in 2009. In 2010 Soda premiered with the documentary 'Peace'.


Love: 1984


Decades ago, during the Cold War, many Japanese students traveled to Czechoslovakia and fell in love with locals. But, eventually, they had to go home, leaving their lovers behind. This documentary is about the relationships of Slovak/Japanese couples who successfully crossed the border and escaped, as well as couples who were torn apart and didn't meet for several years. And, of course, it will feature retired agents of the secret police, who watched it all happen. The film's premiere has been postponed to CPH:DOX 2014.