House of Arts

The House of Arts in Piešťany was built as the first purpose-built building outside of Bratislava after World War II. It is designed by the architect Ferdinand Milucky, who was among other things responsible for the modification and reconstruction of the Main Square and Castle Hill in Bratislava. It can  swagger with one of the biggest auditoriums in Slovakia (over 600 seats) and the interior has recently been enhanced with new projection technology.

  • Sunday 18. 09. 19:00

    House of Arts



    SK, 2022, 100 min.; sk / en sub

    Director: Ivo Trajkov

    A story of a young woman, Juliši, who marries the son of the richest landowner in the village, but does not resist her father-in-law’s violent seduction and inadvertently finds herself in the middle of a rough love triangle. The ballad…

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    SE, 2022, 149 min.; en / cz tit

    Director: Ruben Östlund

    Models Carl and Yaya are navigating the world of fashion while exploring the boundaries of their relationship. The couple are invited for a luxury cruise with super-rich passengers, a Russian oligarch, British arms dealers and an idiosyncratic, alcoholic, Marx-quoting captain.

  • Tuesday 13. 09. 19:00

    House of Arts



    SK/CZ/DE, 2022, 91 min.; cz, ua

    Director: Michal Blaško

    Irina is a single mother from Ukraine who lives with her son Igor in a small town in the Czech Republic. When Igor is brutally attacked, the whole town stands in solidarity with Irina and unanimously condemns the Roma perpetrators…

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    FR/BE/DE/SE, 2021, 112 min.; en, fr, se / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

    A filmmaking couple living in America, Chris and Tony retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the Summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming…

  • Aftersun


    GB/US, 2022, 98 min.; en / cz tit

    Director: Charlotte Wells

    Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with…

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    El espíritu de la colmena

    ES, 1973, 98 min.; es / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Víctor Erice

    I discovered this Spanish masterpiece when I was still a teenager, in the middle of the seventies, and it has deeply fascinated and moved me since then. The film transports you into the mind of a child for whom dreams…

  • Innocence


    BE/FR/GB/JP, 2004, 115 min.; fr / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Lucile Hadžihalilović

    A subterranean rumbling resonates in the heart of a forest. Hidden by foliage, a metal grate reveals underground passageways, which lead to the cellars of five houses scattered throughout a great park. The park is cut off from the outside…

  • Thursday 15. 09. 17:00

    House of Arts

    The Eight Mountains

    Le otto montagne

    IT/BE/FR, 2022, 147 min.; it / cz tit

    Director: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch

    The Cannes Jury Prize this year went to Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch for The Eight Mountains, based on Paolo Cognetti’s bestseller of the same name. It’s a film about friendship, majestic mountains and what really matters in life.

  • EO


    PL/IT, 2022, 86 min.; pl / en sub / cz tit

    Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

    The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life’s path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly…

  • Evolution


    FR/BE/ES, 2015, 81 min.; fr / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Lucile Hadžihalilović

    10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a mysterious medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what…

  • Mothering Sunday

    Mothering Sunday

    GB, 2021, 104 min.; en / sk tit

    Director: Eva Husson

    On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven, are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret…

  • The Woodcutter Story

    Metsurin tarina

    FI/NL/DK/DE, 2022, 95 min.; fi / sk tit

    Director: Mikko Myllylahti

    Pepe the woodcutter’s life in his idyllic Finnish village is torn apart over the course of a few days, but he is seemingly fine with it all. As though he knows some profound truth about existence.

  • Thursday 15. 09. 23:00

    House of Arts

    The Passengers of the Night

    Les Passagers de la Nuit

    FR, 2022, 111 min.; fr / cz tit

    Director: Mikhaël Hers

    French drama The Passengers of the Night premiered in the main competition at this year’s Berlinale. Writer and director Mikhaël Hers built the film mainly on the acting mastery of Charlotte Gainsbourg and a subtle family story. We are transported…

  • Klondike


    UA/TR, 2022, 100 min.; ua, ru, ce, nl / cz tit

    Director: Maryna Er Gorbach

    The film by Ukrainian director and screenwriter Maryna Er Gorbach has had an extremely successful festival journey. The story takes us to the Ukrainian-Russian border in 2014, when a plane with almost 300 passengers on board was shot down. We…

  • Decision to Leave

    Heojil kyolshim

    KR, 2022, 138 min.; ko, zh / cz tit

    Director: Park Chan-wook

    Korean director Park Chan-wook became famous in 2003 with Old Boy, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. At the same festival this year, he won the Directing Prize with his current release Decision to Leave, a mystery crime…

  • Friday 16. 09. 17:00

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    CZ/SK, 2022, 120 min.; cz

    Director: Vojtěch Mašek

    How far are we willing to go to achieve our objectives? Doctor Arved Smíchovský to the borders of Hell itself. A Faustian tale based on true events.

  • Corsage


    AT/LU/DE/FR, 2022, 113 min.; de, en, fr, hu / cz tit

    Director: Marie Kreutzer

    Empress Elizabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. In 1877 at Christmas, Empress turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman; she starts trying to maintain her public image.

  • Vortex


    FR/BE/MC, 2021, 142 min.; fr, en / cz tit

    Director: Gaspar Noé

    The psychological drama is the story of a husband and wife trying to cope with the stresses of old age. This time, Noé has abandoned his characteristic hypnotic visuals. However, he has creatively played with the image by dividing it…

  • Saturday 17. 09. 11:00

    House of Arts

    The Hole

    Il buco

    IT/FR/DE, 2021, 93 min.; it / cz tit

    Director: Michelangelo Frammartino

    A captivating, at times meditative film that captures the beauty of the South Italian countryside in the 1960s, where a group of adventurers from the north come to explore one of the deepest chasms in Europe. The descriptive, wordless filmmaking…

  • Saturday 17. 09. 17:00

    House of Arts

    Beautiful Beings


    IS/DK/SE/NL/CZ, 2022, 123 min.; is / cz tit

    Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

    Nordic cinema will be represented in the Paths of Glory section by Beautiful Beings. Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson captures the story of Balli, a teenage outsider who finds his missing support in a group of equal outcasts. The film…

  • Neighbours


    CH, 2021, 124 min.; ku, ar, en, he / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Mano Khalil

    With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film tells of a childhood, which, between dictatorship and dark drama, also has its light moments. How much friendship, love and solidarity are possible in times of repression and despotism?…

  • Utama


    BO/UY/FR, 2022, 87 min.; qu, es / cz tit

    Director: Alejandro Loayza Grisi

    Bolivian director Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s debut film invites us to the arid South American semi-desert to visit an ageing Quechua couple whose lifestyle is changing unstoppably due to climate change. But an unusually long drought confronts Virginio and Sisa with…

  • Both Sides of the Blade

    Avec amour et acharnement

    FR, 2022, 116 min.; fr / sk tit

    Director: Claire Denis

    Paris, and already winter. Sarah and Jean love each other. They have lived together for several years. Their love makes them happy, strong. There is mutual trust, and the desire has never died down. One morning (by chance?), Sarah crosses…

  • Wednesday 14. 09. 20:00

    House of Arts

    The Nightsiren


    SK/CZ, 2022, 105 min.; sk

    Director: Tereza Nvotová

    Thirty-year-old Šarlota returns to the village where she’s from, deep in the Slovak mountains, from where she fled many years ago under unclear circumstances. Her return arouses suspicion among locals, who thought she was dead all along. They fear that…

  • Saturday 17. 09. 09:00

    House of Arts

    ArchitecTOUR Dom umenia

    Guided Tour DU

    Dom umenia (the House of Arts), where the main program of the Cinematik Festival takes place, is an exceptionally well-preserved monument of modern architecture. We invite you to a tour of this brutalist structure by Ferdinand Milučký with the commentary…