A film by Martin Štrba and His Friends

A documentary about an extraordinary generation of Slovak photographers who met at Prague´s FAMU in 1980s and became the Slovak New Wave.

“Our fi lm tells the story of diverse journeys branching out in many diff erent ways, however, all keeping something in common. Despite the fact that each of them follows its own direction through completely diff erent countries, one thing unites them all. That thing is the constant searching.” Martin Štrba

wave vs. shore

Creative Documentary | Arts and Culture

wave vs. the shore is a documentary about the extraordinary generation of Slovak photographers got together at FAMU in Prague at the beginning of the 1980s and enriched the fine art photography by unconventional energy, playfulness and unchained imagination. Very quickly, the critics started referring to them as the SLOVAK NEW WAVE.

Martin Štrba, himself one of them, in his directorial debut visits and interviews his friends and artistic colleagues and reconstructs the atmosphere of the period which gave rise to the Slovak New Wave phenomenon.

Jano Pavlík, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Tono Stano, Martin Štrba, Miro Švolík, Kamil Varga and Peter Župník brought a completely new creative vision of artistic photography and still active today, in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and abroad, they have continued to influence the development of the art of photography.

wave vs. shore is a meeting of longtime friends and artists and their creative energy, a contemporary exploration of the role of the environment in which creativity and inspiration can overgrow into Slovak New Wave phenomenon. It is an unconventional documentary, formally following the inventiveness and playfulness of the film protagonists´ artistic approaches.

Martin Štrba (1961) is one of the most recognized Slovak directors of photography active in Slovakia and Czech Republic. He has collaborated on numerous fiction and documentary films with renowned directors such as Martin Šulík, Vladimír Michálek, Jan Hřebejk, Agnieszka Holland. For his work, he has been awarded with numerous awards, including the national film awards and film critics awards, in both Slovakia and Czech Republic.

He is also one of the photographers of the Slovak New Wave. wave vs. shore is his debut film as scriptwriter and director.

Director: Martin Štrba
Script: Martin Štrba, Olina Kaufmanová
Director of Photography: Martin Štrba
Editor: Olina Kaufmanová
Music: Michal Novinski
Sound: Radim Hladík Jr.
Cast: Jano Pavlík, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Tono Stano, Martin Štrba,
Miro Švolík, Kamil Varga, Peter Župník and others.
Producers: Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Katarína Štrbová Bieliková

wave vs. shore - trailer from PubRes s.r.o. on Vimeo.

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Financial Support:

Festivals | Sales: Ľubica Orechovská | PubRes, s.r.o., , +421 905 639 429
Production companies
PubRes s.r.o., Grosslingová 63, SK 811 09 Bratislava, Slovak Republic,
Šmik s.r.o., Pravá 4, 147 00 Praha, Czech Republic