When the War Comes

When the War Comes takes a grassroots-level look at the foundation on which conservatism and populism grow in today’s Europe.

War games in Slovakian forests are awkward to watch, and far from the idea of a game. What makes perfectly normal young men practise for war? Their leader Peter Švrček is not just anybody – he is the founder of this paramilitary organisation.

Švrček believes in order and discipline. The young leader’s energy and charisma seems to sink in with his target audience like a hot knife through butter.

Švrček’s work is fascinating but also extremely disturbing to watch. The young leader speaks at political events, admits that he admires Stalin’s posing skills, and studies Trump’s public performances on television. It seems as though all this is just the beginning.

The camera gets surprisingly close to Švrček and his closest operatives. Švrček’s followers swear by Slavism instead of the European Union. For them, the refugee crisis is an applicable threat. It is easy to sense the influences of neo-Nazism and Putinism around them.

Minna Suikka (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: Slovak
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: Az prijde válka
  • Director: Jan Gebert
  • Country: Croatia, Czech Republic
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 76 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Lukáš Milota
  • Editing: Jana Vlčková
  • Music: Johny Poupě
  • Production: Radovan Síbrt / PINK


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