(Slovakia, 106 min.)
Written and directed by Marko Škop
Starring: Emília Vášáryová, Milan Ondrik, Anikó Vargová
Programme: Discovery (World Premiere)
The winner of the FIPRESCI prize from this year’s robust Discovery programme at the Toronto International Film Festival is the Slovak drama Eva Nová. Eva Nová is a sobering character study. The film offers a portrait of the toll that alcoholism wreaks on families as Eva Nová (Emília Vášáryová) tries to quit the bottle and sees with fresh eyes how her years of heavy drinking devastated her family. Eva Nová sounds like tough stuff—and rest assured that it is—yet newcomer writer/director Marko Škop laudably handles complex subject matter with sensitivity and restraint. This film and its director are going places.