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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.


Leopold Lahola – Prešov / Slovakia


Leopold Lahola’s real name was Leopold Arje Friedmann. He was a novelist, screenwriter, and director born on 30 January 1918 in Prešov, which back then belonged to Austria-Hungary. He spent his childhood in Orava and studied at the Comenius University in Bratislava.

His education was interrupted by the outbreak of war. Due to his Jewish descent, Lahola had to remain in hiding. He was interned, but managed to escape from the camp.

In 1949, he emigrated to Israel, where he became one of the pioneers of the local cinema. He then moved to the Federal Republic of Germany and continued his career as a playwright, screenwriter, and director. He decided to return to his motherland during the post-communist thaw in Czechoslovakia, and in 1966 he moved to Bratislava. He died on 12 January 1968.

Leopold Lahola was the author of several film scripts and director of several motion pictures. In 1965, he wrote the screenplay for and directed the western Duell vor Sonnenuntergang, the Yugoslavian, Italian, and FRG co-production. In 1968, he shot Sladký čas Kalimagdory, which tells the story of a man who lives according to the annual cycle of nature.


Selected filmography (actor)

1948 Vlcie diery (Wolves’ Lairs) – writer

1948 Bílá tma – writer

1951 Ir Ha'Ohelim (Tent City) – director

1959 Tri cetrtine sonca (Three Quarters of a Sun) – writer

1965 Duell vor Sonnenuntergang (Killer Kid: Shoot on Sight) – director, writer

1968 Sladký čas Kalimagdory (The Sweet Time of Kalimagdor) – director, writer




Vanda Konecná – Prešov / Slovakia


Vanda Konecná is a Slovak actress born on 5 January 1972 in Prešov. She is a Košice Conservatory graduate.

She used to perform on the stage of the Košice Theatre. Her screen appearances are predominantly in TV series and entertainment shows. In 2006, she was cast in Milan Cieslar’s To horké léto v Marienbadu.


Selected filmography (actress)

2004 Redakce (TV series)

2005 3 plus 1 s Miroslavem Donutilem (TV series)

2005 Ordinace v růžové Zahran (TV series)

2006 To horké léto v Marienbadu

2008 Soukromé pasti (Private Traps) (TV series)

2008 Ošklivka Katka (TV series)

2008 Kriminálka Anděl (TV series)

2011 Znamení koně (TV series)

2011 O mé rodině a jiných mrtvolách (TV series)


Juraj Kukura – Prešov / Slovakia


Born on 15 March 1947 in Prešov, Juraj Kukura is one of the most famous and recognisable Slovak actors. He studied acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

In 2003, Kukura became the managing director of the Arena Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in the capital of Slovakia. As well as in theatre, he appears in films and on television. In the years 1976, 1982, and 1983, viewers voted him the most popular Slovak actor. In the period between 1966 and 2008, he acted in thirty feature films, one hundred and thirty television films and productions, and thirty seven TV series. His role in Juraj Jakubisko’s Lepšie byť bohatý a zdravý ako chudobný a chorý from 1992 is Kukura’s most prominent performance.


Selected filmography (actor)

1968 "Zbehovia a pútnici (The Deserter and the Nomads)

1970 L'éden et après (Eden and After)

1971 Úklady a láska

1973 Den slnovratu

1977 Stíny horkého léta (Shadows of a Hot Summer)

1980 Nebezpecné známosti

1980 Triptych o láske

1982 Sol nad zlato (The Salt Prince)

1989 Giovanni oder die Fährte der Frauen

1992 Lepšie byť bohatý a zdravý ako chudobný a chorý (It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill)

1996 Schmetterlingsgefühle

1996 Landgang für Ringo

1996 Tresko - Im Visier der Drogenmafia

1998 Aktion über Berlin (TV series)

1999 Nur ein toter Mann ist ein guter Mann

2000 Král sokolu (Thomas the Falconer)

2005 Unter weißen Segeln - Odyssee der Herzen

2006 Der letzte Zug (The Last Train)

2007 Sehnsucht nach Rimini

2008 Máj (May)

2010 Dokonalý svět (TV series)

2011 Hotel Lux



Pavol Mikulík – Prešov / Slovakia


Pavol Mikulík was born on 2 March 1944 in Prešov. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 1993, the actor had a stroke and remained wheelchair-bound for some time. Fortunately, he managed to recover back to health and, after seven years, returned to acting. He died on 27 November 2007 in Bratislava as one of the most well-known Slovak actors.

Mikulík acted in the Slovak National Theatre, and was the prorector of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

He is best known for his numerous cinema and TV performances, the most famous of which include his roles in Tisícrocná vcela and Perinbaba by Juraj Jakubisko, and Sípová Ruzenka by Stanislav Párnicky.


Selected filmography (actor)

1964 Každý týždeň sedem dní (Every Week Seven Days)

1965 Mŕtvi nespievajú

1969 Od štvrtka do zmŕtvychvstania

1971 Ametystový kvet

1974 Netrpezlivosť srdca

1975 Horúčka

1976 Do posledného dychu

1977 Popleta

1977 Bludička (Will-O'-The-Wisp)

1979 A pobežím až na kraj sveta (And I'll Run to the Ends of the Earth)

1983 Putování Jana Amose (The Wanderings of Jan Amos)

1983 Tisícrocná vcela (A Thousand-Year-Old Bee)

1984 Martyre de Saint Sébastien, Le (The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian)

1984 Lampáš malého plavčíka (The Lantern of the Little Boatsman)

1985 Perinbaba (The Feather Fairy)

1985 O sláve a tráve

1986 Alžbetin dvor (TV series)

1986 Zakázané uvoľnenie (The Icing)

1987 Juzná posta

1987 Úsmev diabla (The Devil’s Smile)

1987 Koník z ebenu

1990 Sípová Ruzenka (Sleeping Beauty)

1991 Štúrovci (TV series)

1992 Romulus Veľký

2002 Na konci hry


Ján Gallovič – Poprad / Slovakia


Ján Gallovič was born on 22 November 1960 in Poprad, where he spent his childhood and youth. He graduated from the Theatre Studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he later worked as a lecturer.

He has acted in theatres, and worked for the radio and as a dubbing actor. Since the 1980s, Gallovič has been regularly appearing in films and on TV.


Selected filmography (actor)

1981 Katedra

1982 Predčasné leto

1982 Najkrajší kvet

1987 Hľadanie šťastnej chvíle

1988 Posledný drak

1988 Dunajské rozprávky

1988 Čertovo vrece

1989 Tanec nad plačom

1989 Núraddín Ali a Anísaldžalísa

1989 Jablonka

1990 Čarovné kresadlo

1992 Zrkadlo

1992 Romulus Veľký

1993 Zurvalec

1993 Mátohy rárohaté

1994 Zlatohláska

1994 Buvirozprávky

1995 O kráľovi Fiškusovi

1996 Ženský vtip

1999 Rozum nadovšetko

2001 Zlatý chleb

2007 Ordinácia v ružovej záhrade (TV series)

2008 Kutyil s.r.o. (TV series)

2009 Ako som prežil (TV series)

2010 Smrt ministra


Zuzana Onufráková – Prešov / Slovakia


Born on 10 December 1981 in Prešov, Zuzana Onufráková is a Slovak actress. She studied theatre acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. While still a student, she began to perform on the stage. Since September 2010, she has worked as an actress at the Švandovo Theatre in Smíchov.

She appeared on the TV screen in 2004 in the popular series Redakce. In the same year, she starred in the comedy Pánská jízda by Martin Kotík. Four years later, she played a part in another comedy, Taková normální rodinka directed by Patrik Hartl. In 2009, she was cast in Zúfalci, made by Jitka Rudolfova.

In 2011, Onufráková appeared in the critically-acclaimed Czech comedy Muži v naději, as well as in Les bien-aimés, alongside such stars as Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, and Miloš Forman.


Selected filmography (actress)

2004 Redakce (TV series)

2004 Pánská jízda

2008 Taková normální rodinka

2008 Kriminálka Anděl (TV series)

2008 František je děvkař

2008 Expozitura (Organized Crime Unit) (TV series)

2009 Zúfalci (Dreamers)

2009 První krok (TV series)

2010 Zázraky života (TV series)2011 Muži v naději (Men in Hope)

2011 Les bien-aimés (The Beloved)





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