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The Carpathian Film Trail presents motion pictures which are set in the borderlands between the Małopolska and the Prešov Regions. The second trail element is presenting the profiles of film artistes who are natives of this area. read more

The Carpathian Film Trail features films which are set in the borderlands between the Małopolska Voivodeship and the Prešov Region and thus correspond to the cultural and artistic heritage of that region. The films have been classified into two fundamental categories – feature films and documentary films. Many a film aficionado finds discovering the genuine locations of their favourite films to be an entertaining and rewarding activity. One nationwide example of taking advantage of film tourism in Poland is the website

The following description includes both Polish and Slovak motion pictures. They are frequently evidence of how much these two countries have in common. It is true for the legends of the highwayman Jánošík, for instance, which are part of both the Polish and Slovak heritage. The trail features such popular films as Juraj Jakubisko’s Tisícrocná vcela (A Thousand-Year-Old Bee), but it by no means excludes the pictures which are more underground, but still a must-see, a perfect example of the excellent documentary being W Nowicy na końcu świata (In Nowica at the End of the World) by Natasza Ziółkowska-Kurczuk.

The second building block of the Carpathian Film Trail is providing the profiles of the people of the cinema who are somehow connected with the said borderlands region. These include the creators (directors, actors, screenwriters) who were born here, and sometimes worked here as well. Each artiste has been assigned to the town he was born in.


Katarzyna Zielińska – Limanowa / Poland


Katarzyna Zielińska was born on 29 August 1979 in Limanowa. She graduated from the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków in 2002.

Zielińska is a film and theatre actress. She appears on the stages of many of Warsaw’s theatres, including the Kwadrat, the Syrena, and the Rampa Theatres.

            She debuted on the silver screen in 1999 with the role of Marta Meszaros in Córy szczęścia. Over the next years, she was cast mostly as a supporting actress. In 2011, she starred in two motion pictures, which enjoyed considerable popularity among viewers – Och Karol 2 by Piotr Wereśniak and Listy do M. by Mitja Okorn.

            Katarzyna Zielińska is mostly known for her roles in TV series, including Dom nad rozlewskiem and Barwy szczęścia. She also appears in numerous TV shows, such as Europa da się lubić, Śpiewające fortepiany, and Pytanie na śniadanie.



Selected filmography (actress)

1999 Córy szczęścia

2001 Quo vadis

2002 Dzień świra (Day of the Wacko)

2004 Mój Nikifor (My Nikifor)

2005 Złotopolscy (TV series)

2006 Plac Zbawiciela (Saviour Square)

2006 Ale się kręci (TV series)

2007 Ryś (Richie)

2007 Na dobre i na złe (TV series)

2007 – 2012 Barwy szczęścia (TV series)

2009 Dom nad rozlewiskiem (TV series)

2010 Miłość nad rozlewiskiem (TV series)

2010 M jak miłość (L is for Love) (TV series)

2011 Och Karol 2

2011 Listy do M. (Letters to Santa)


Wiesław Komasa – Wiśnicz / Poland


            Born on 15 January 1949 in Wiśnicz, Wiesław Komasa graduated from the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków at the age of twenty. Initially, he acted mostly in theatres, including the Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz (1971-73), the Nowy Theatre in Poznań (1973-88), and the Wiśniewski Group (1988-91). He has been a university lecturer at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy since 1988.

             He made his cinema debut in 1975 with the historic film Kazimierz Wielki, directed by Ewa and Czesław Petelski. Four years later, he starred in the brilliant production Aria dla atlety by Filip Bajon. He is best known to TV viewers for his role in the series Egzamin z życia.

In 2011, he appeared in the critically-acclaimed Sala samobójców, directed by his son – Jan Komasa.


Selected filmography (actor)

1975 Kazimierz Wielki (Casimir the Great)

1979 Aria dla atlety (Aria for an Athlete)

1981 Limuzyna Daimler – Benz (The Consul)

1983 Thais

1989 300 mil do nieba (300 Miles to Heaven)

1992 Nocne ptaki (Night Birds)

1993 Lista Schindlera (Schindler’s List)

2003 Na dobre i na złe (TV series)

2005 – 2008 Egzamin z życia (TV series)

2009 Ojciec Mateusz (TV series)

2010 Lincz

2011 Sala samobójców (Suicide Room)

2011 Komisarz Alex (TV series)


Andrzej Szczepkowski – Sucha Beskidzka / Poland


Born on 26 April 1923, Andrzej Szczepkowski was an actor, theatre director, theatre manager, and teacher. In 1945, he became a student at the Stary Theatre’s Studio in Kraków (graduated in 1947). Over the next years, he acted in the following theatres - the Stary Theatre in Kraków (in 1945), the Żołnierz Polski Powszechny Theatre in Kraków (1945-1946), the small travelling RUR Theatre, the Polish Theatre in Poznań (1947– 948), and the Śląsko-Dąbrowskie Theatres in Katowice and Sosnowiec (1948-1949).

In 1949, Szczepkowski moved to Warsaw, where he performed on the stages of the National Theatre (1949-1957, 1962-1966, 1968-1971), the Komedia Theatre (1957-1961), and the Polish Theatre (1961-1962 and 1981-1988). In the years 1966-68, he was the actor and manager in the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw.

He debuted on the big screen in 1947 with a bit part in Ostatni etap by Wanda Jakubowska. His major film performances include the roles in Andrzej Wajda’s Wesele, Stanisław Różewicz’s Pasja, and Janusz Zaorski’s Jezioro Bodeńskie.

He was the father of Joanna Szczepkowska, a film and theatre actress. He died on 31 January 1997.

Selected filmography (actor)

1947 Ostatni Etap (The Last Stage)

1957 Kapelusz Pana Anatola (Mr. Anatol’s Hat)

1958 Kalosze szczęścia (Lucky Boots)  – and screenwriter

1961 Historia żółtej ciżemki (The Story of the Golden Boot)

1965-1966 Wojna domowa (TV series)

1969 Pan Wołodyjowski (Colonel Wolodyjowski)

1972 Wesele (The Wedding)

1975 Noce i dnie (Nights and Days)

1977 Sprawa Gorgonowej (The Gorgon Case)

1977 Pasja (Passion)

1978 Sto koni do stu brzegów (A Hundred Horses to a Hundred Shores)

1985 Jezioro Bodeńskie (Sons and Comrades)

1988 Obywatel Piszczyk

1995 Awantura o Basię (Argument about Basia)




Agnes Dimun – Poprad / Slovakia


Born on 15 August 1984, Agnes Dimun is a documentary film director, screenwriter, and her own cinematographer. In 2009, she earned her Degree in directing at the Faculty of Documentary Films of the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.

In 2006, this young filmmaker shot the fourteen-minute documentary Metal Heart, educating the viewer about the fundamental subcategories of metal music (heavy, thrash, death, grindcore, black and doom) and interviewing metal music fans.

In 2009, Dimun made the short documentary about Jan Švankmajer - Přešít svůj sen (Orálne variácie na sen/film Jana Švankmajera). The film depicts one of the most prominent Slovak directors during the time when he was working on his Prezít svuj zivot (Surviving Life).


Selected filmography

2006 Metal Heart – director, writer, producer, cinematography

2007 Kde je… - director, writer, cinematography

2009 Přešít svůj sen - Orálne variácie na sen/film Jana Švankmajera (Sewing through the dream - Oral variations of the Svankmajer dream/film) - director, writer, cinematography

2009 Dlouhovlasí chlapi (Long-Haired Men) - director, writer, cinematography


Arpad Godla – Prešov / Slovakia


Born on 16 April 1979 in Prešov, Czechoslovakia, Aprad Godla is a young Slovak actor. He got married in 2003 and has one child. Since 2005, Godla has been living and acting in Great Britain.

In 2006, he starred in Alfonso Cuarón’s famous film Children of Men. A year later, he appeared in Outlanders, the film with a very international cast (including Polish actors Przemysław Sadowski and Jakub Tolak).


Selected filmography (actor)

2006 Ludzkie dzieci (Children of Men)

2007 Night Junkies

2007 Londyńczyk (Outlanders)

2008 Off We Go Then


Jiří Vala – Poprad / Slovakia


Born on 27 November 1926 in Poprad, Jiří Vala started his studies at the Prague Conservatory in 1943 and graduated four years later. After the Second World War, the actor performed in theatres, including the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.

He appeared on the big screen since the early fifties. He made his debut in 1952, starring in Zítra se bude tancit vsude by Vladimír Vlček. He also tried his hand as a screenwriter – in 1960 he collaborated with Pavel Kohout and Zbynek Brynych on the screenplay for the film Smyk (Skid).

He is known for a number of memorable performances, both on the stage and on the silver screen. In the years 1972-1986, he worked as a lecturer at the Prague Conservatory.

As years went by, Vala appeared in films only occasionally, starring mostly as fathers or elderly teachers. On 15 November 2003 in Prague, Jiří Vala lost his battle with cancer.


Selected filmography (actor)

1952 Zítra se bude tancit vsude (Tomorrow, People Will Be Dancing Everywhere)

1955 Tanková brigáda (The Tank Brigade)

1958 Tenkrát o vánocích (At That Time, at Christmas...)

1958 Touha (Desire)

1959 Král Sumavy

1960 Policejní hodina

1961 Nocni host (The Night-Time Guest)

1961 Jarní povětří (Spring Breeze)

1968 Sňatky z rozumu (TV series)

1970 Kapitan Korda (Captain Korda)

1974 Byl jednou jeden dum (TV series)

1975 Leto s Katkou (Summer with Kate) (TV series)

1976 "Bourlivé víno" (Wine Working)

1979 Inženýrská odysea (TV series)

1984 Rozpaky kuchaře Svatopluka (TV series)

1987 Nejistá sezóna

1988 Malé dějiny jedné rodiny (TV series)

1989 Dlouhá míle (TV series)

1990 Přísahám a slibuji (TV series)


Gabriela Marcinková – Prešov / Slovakia


            Gabriela Marcinková is a promising young, Slovak actress. Born on 2 April 1988 in Prešov, she is a student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She has not graduated yet, but she has already managed to star next to the most prominent figures in the world’s cinema.

             In 2009, she played one of the leading roles in the Czech film Zakázaný člověk by Dušan Klein. Two years later, she appeared alongside Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Anthony Hopkins in the international production 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles. The film premiered on 9 September 2011; however, Polish viewers had to wait a little longer as it was not aired until 7 September 2012.

            The most recent motion picture starring Marcinková is Byzantium. The world premiere was scheduled for the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012. The film was directed by the famous Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan.


Selected filmography (actress)

2009 Zakázaný člověk (The Forbidden Man)

2009 Fišpánská jablíčka

2010 Osudové peníze

2011 360

2012 Byzantium


Emilia Zimková – Okružná / Slovakia


Born on 1 August 1951 in Okružná to a working class family, Emilia Zimková is an actress, novel writer, and screenwriter. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, graduating in 1974. After she had finished her education, she worked at the theatre in Trnava.

Initially, she performed mainly in works directed by Štefan Uher, including his 1978 Zlaté časy, the 1979 Kamarátky, and the 1981 Kosenie jastrabej lúky.

In 1982, Zimková played a leading part in the film Pásla kone na betóne, again by Štefan Uher. It was based on her novel, and she co-wrote the screenplay. In 1995, there appeared the sequel titled ... kone na betóne, in which she was also cast. This time, however, she was the sole screenwriter. 


Selected filmography

1977 Novinárske rozprávky (TV series) – actress

1978 Zlaté časy (Great Times) – actress

1979 Kamarátky – actress

1980 Na baňu klopajú (TV series) – actress

1981 Kosenie jastrabej lúky (The Mowing of Hawk Meadow) – actress

1982 Pásla kone na betóne (Concrete Pastures) – actress, writer, author of the original novel

1983 Zrelá mladosť – actress

1984 Návrat Jána Petru – actress

1984 Dies irae – actress

1985 Vergeßt Mozart (Forget Mozart) – actress

1985 Žena – actress

1987 Sedmé nebe – actress

1989 Montiho čardáš – actress

1990 Hovoriť na Silvestra pravdu - actress

1995 ... kone na betóne – actress, writer

2004 Modrý kámen – actress



Peter Rašev – Prešov / Slovakia


Born on 6 August 1952 in Prešov to a large family (he had seven brothers and a sister), Peter Rašev was a Slovak actor, director, and theatre manager. In 1978, he graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 1997, he founded the Košice Theatre (Staromestské divadlo), where he worked as a director and manager.

 In 1977, Rašev appeared in Zlaté klasy by Jozef Pálka and in Dvere dokorán by Jozef Medveď. A year later, he was cast in Jaroslav Balík’s Já jsem Stěna smrti. In 2006, Rašev directed the documentary film Ľudia ako my.

In 2006, he was diagnosed with lung cancer with brain metastases. He died in Košice two years later, on 12 June 2008.


Selected filmography (actor)


1977 Zlaté klasy – actor

1977 Dvere dokorán – actor

1978 Já jsem Stěna smrti – actor

1981 Prípad Evy Burdovej – actor

1989 Roky prelomu (TV series) – actor

2006 Ľudia ako my – director

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