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Eva Nová

Slovakia 2015. Dir: Marko Škop. 106 min. DCP

Writer-director Marko Škop’s intimate psychological drama, Slovakia’s official submission to the upcoming 89th Oscars, won a prestigious International Critics Prize at TIFF last year. Its impact is due largely to an absolutely stellar performance from Emília Vášáryová, known as the “First Lady of Slovak Film and Theatre.” She’s the titular Eva, a discredited, once-famous actress recently released from her third stint in rehab for alcoholism, and desperate to make amends with the now-adult son she abandoned in infancy. Travelling to the country village where her son, his family, and her sister live, Eva is promptly shown the door and instructed never to return. What follows is a sometimes harrowing, ultimately hopeful portrait of a woman determined to do anything to be given a second chance. “Vásáryová is phenomenal in this role. She carries the weight of the world in her eyes” (Robert Bell, Exclaim!). In Slovak with English subtitles.

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