Poisoned Well


original title: Otrávená studňa / 2023 / fullHD / 14 min / Slovakia

director: Radek Ševčík

cinematography: Kristián Katona, Michal Vasiľ, Petr Chromčák,
Paulína Hampachelová, Lenka Špániková, Radek Ševčík

editor: Petr Chromčák

producer: Film and TV Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava


12. 10. 2022 – terrorist attack in Bratislava – death of 2 innocent LGBTI+ people – no response.
Film-requiem discusses the deteriorating state of society after the attack, as well as the intimate feelings of LGBTI+ people, including the author himself. Suppressed emotions cannot be filtered even on a
self-defense course, where the participants do not belong, where they are forced to be by their fear. A rotten well poisons society’s opinions, which do not improve even after the attack. Do people really need to live in fear?

press: Denník N – article about the film

festivals and awards:

19th ReFrame Film Festival, Canada
40th Wicked Queer: Boston LGBTQ+ Film Festival, USA
15th KASHISH Pride Film Festival, India
64th Zlín Film Festival, Czech Republic
6th BEAST International Film Festival, Portugal
28th LesGaiCineMad, Spain
21st Beijing Queer Film Festival, PRC
18th Seoul International Pride Film Festival, ROK
24th Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Czech Republic
17th Slovak Queer Film Festival, Slovakia
39th LGBT Ljubljana Film Festival, Slovenia
11st Pink Life QueerFest, Turkey
11st Visegrad Film Forum, Slovakia
Cinema Queer on Tour 2024, Sweden
9th Tag! Queer Shorts Festival, USA
10th Internacional Queer Film Festival Playa del Carmen Mexico
4th Queer Wave: the Cyprus LGBTQIA+ film festival Cyprus
20th The International Film and Television Festival SIMFEST, Romania – winner of: Special Prize for Best Picture
27th Áčko Student Film Festival, Slovakia
“Cena inakosti” 2023 for Audiovision – nominee