Oct 13, 2011 - Oct 17, 2011
FILM. Hamptons Film Festival - October 13-17.
Matchmaking Mayor (Nesvatbov)
The Heart Can’t Be Commanded
a film by Erika Hníková, 72 min
A village mayor is trying to bring together local people in their thirties who are still single.
21st century social engineering in a situation documentary by Erika Hníková.
Slowly but surely, the Slovak village of Zemplínske Hámre is dying out. But its mayor, a retired general, refuses to give up. In fighting the thirty-year-olds„ solitude he has used a variety of weapons such as offering financial incentives for every newborn child or encouraging childbearing via the local PA system. None of it has worked. However, the mayor has a new plan. He decides to organize an evening get-together for singles from all the neighboring villages. Will our heroes find their partners after all?
Set against a backdrop of the slow but certain extinction of the eastern Slovak community of Zemplínske Hámre, Matchmaking Mayor investigates the lives of three individuals – Monika, Jančo, and Ďoďo. Each is 35 years old, has no partner, and lives at their parents‟ home in Zemplínske Hámre. Having adjusted to a singles' lifestyles, they are actually quite content considering that their chance of meeting someone is slim. Far younger singles frequent local discos while our heroes lead stereotypical lives. And because internet connections are few and far between in Zemplínske Hámre, they lack even virtual relationships. In this strongly Catholic region, however, being alone and “middle-aged” is often seen as an embarrassment. Thus each of the three has found a substitute for a loving partnership: Monika‟s faith in God compensates for being alone; auto mechanic Jančo‟s passions are cars and he spends almost all his free time working on them; and Ďoďo hangs out with his buddies at a local pub, pretending to have everything under control. The situation in the village, where most young people would never even think of marrying and settling down, disconcerts the local mayor. As a retired general, he decides to take the fight against thirty-something solitude into his own hands – he offers substantial financial incentives for every newborn child, and he employs the local PA system to encourage both childbearing and get-acquainted activities for unattached locals. When nothing seems to help, he steps up his fight against windmills by organizing an evening get-together for the singles. How does it all turn out? Will our heroes ever find their life partners?
People who haven‟t started a family by age 35 can, of course, be found in every European village and town, but the problem of unattached people differs between city and village. People in villages generally don‟t choose solitude as a lifestyle, having arrived at their situation by chance. Now they have no place to meet a partner because traditional social bonds are no longer in place. Matchmaking Mayor, however, is not only about the lives of village singles. The main figure is the mayor of the village of Zemplínske Hámre, a retired general will do just about anything, often bordering on the ridiculous, to get the 30-year-olds of the village together. Thus the film presents two notions of how to live one‟s life. The traditional, active lifestyle – as represented by the mayor – draws on Christian values, and the passive, postmodern notion is represented by the protagonists: they are content to be alone and have already gotten used to it.
Venue:Hamptons - New York
From: Oct 13, 2011
To: Oct 17, 2011