Miners’ Bread

About the film

script and director: Roman Fábian

camera: Ivo Miko, Rastislav Trizma, Roman Fábian

editing: Peter Harum

music: David Kollár

sound recording: Juraj Baláž, Peter Polák

sound post-production: Lukáš Kasprzyk

RTVS dramaturgy: Mária Šnircová

executive production: Mirka Dírerová

RTVS production manager: Soňa Komová

production: RTVS and Positive film, s. r. o.

participants: Ján Fábian, Milan Birka, Zuzana Birková sr, Zuzka Birková, Štefan Boldi, Ján Doboš, Tomáš Gonos, Ján Kožár, Zuzana Kožárová, Ľuboš Lešták, Štefan Šimko

Slovakia, 60´12´´

blu-ray, DVD

language: SK

subtitles: ENG 

With financial support: 


In 1909 in the mining area around Rožňava one of the most modern mining factories in Europe was built. Almost 65 percent of the local people worked in the total of 17 mines. After communism collapsed the iron ore extraction was stopped being left with only one mining complex open. The film Miners’ Bread focuses on the inhabitants of Rakovnica, a village in Gemer, and through a series of portraits it provides a complex mental picture of the region converging in a belief that during communism people living there were happier and their lives were better.

The story’s major part represents a narration of Ján Fábian, a university professor with an honorary doctorate from Delhi, who also lived in Canada, Africa and Germany for many years, won a Humboldt Foundation scholarship, worked as a minister of economy’s advisor in the 1990s and who despite his age is still giving lectures at the Technical University in Košice. His words marked by the detached view of a contemporary (both miner and a person), is in a sharp contrast with the views of the youngest protagonists whom the film focuses on. It is understanding of this contrast that is the main aim of the film which dealing with the stories of the local people and through their relationships to the region they were born in and its history poses a question: „What has happened here and what future do we have?“

CVs of the crew

Roman Fábian (story, screenplay, direction) was born in 1981 in Rožňava. He studied Film and television directing at VŠMU in Bratislava. While still studying he shot films The Stranger (2008), Veľké pranie (2007; Big Washing), Piercing (2009) and Rainy Blues (2011). His graduation actors’ film Ja som baník, kto je viac (2012; I Am a Miner, Who’s More) was awarded a Grand prix at festival Áčko 2012, an Igric for student’s work and gained a nomination at the festival in Amsterdam. As an assistant director he collaborated on the film Marhuľový ostrov (2011; Apricot Island). At present he is working as a film and television director (Prvé oddelenie, Druhý dych, Horúca krv). The documentary film Miners’ Bread is Fábian’s feature-length debut film.

Ivo Miko (cinematography) was born in 1978 in Sabinov. After graduating from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports in Bratislava he started his studies at the Film and Television Faculty at VŠMU in Bratislava. He received his degree in camerawork and photography and he works as a postgraduate student in this area. It was already during his studies that he worked with Roman Fábian on films Cudzinec (2008; The Stranger), Veľké pranie (2007; Big Washing), which received a prize at a students’ festival Áčko, and Ja som baník, kto je viac (I Am a Miner, Who’s More), which among other things received a prize for camerawork at festival Áčko. He also participated on Lukáš Hanulák’s graduation film Otec (2009; Father) and various projects of the director Peter Begányi such as Erotic Nation (2009) or Výstava (2012; Exhibition, second camera), which was awarded a prize at the Fabio Fest film festival. Together with the director Miro Remo he worked on a feature documentary film Comeback, which is being post-produced at the moment. He is working as a film and television cameraman: Prvé oddelenie, Aféry, Najväčšie kriminálne prípady, Najväčšie tragédie.

Rastislav Trizma (camera) was born in 1986 in Bratislava. He graduated from Cinematography and photography at VŠMU in Bratislava. During his studies he collaborated on films such as Môj posledný výstrel (2006; My Last Shot), Sen (2007; A Dream), Random (2008), Piercing (2009), Obraz do Ameriky (2009; Portrait to America), Reklama na auto (2010; A Car Advertisement), Kto je K? (2010; Who’s K?) a Obedár (2010; The Lunch box). As a second cameraman he worked on the film Marhuľový ostrov (2011; Apricot Island) and as a 1st assistant camera on films Osadné (2009), Otec (2009; Father) and X=X+1. He also works for television: Pod lampou, Odsúdené, Druhý dych, Áno šéfe and others. He worked as a second cameraman on the feature-length documentary Banícky chlebíček (Miners’ Bread).

Peter Harum (editing) was born in 1978 in Bratislava. He completed his studies of Editing at VŠMU in Bratislava. His most successful films include a documentary film Vladkova cesta (2010, Vladko’s Journey, the Literary Fund award for the artistic performance in the area of documentary film), actors’ film Ja som baník, kto je viac (2012; I Am a Miner, Who’s More, Grand prix at festival Áčko 2012, nomination at festival in Amsterdam) and feature-length documentary film Cigáni idú do volieb (2012; The Gypsy Vote, special recognition for the exceptional editing work – Silver Eye Award 2012). He also works for television (Nové bývanie, Áno šéfe,, Nebíčko v papuľke).

David Kollár (music) was born in 1983 in Prešov, where he studied at Jazz School until he was seventeen. In 2009 he started working on film music. He has created music to more than 15 films and several theatrical performances. The last one was premiered in London’s East Moon Theater. Among others he worked with the theatrical group Debris Company. As regards his film production he collaborated with the directors such as Miro Remo, Roman Fábian, Srdjan Sekicki, Dmitry Trakovsky, Veronika Mikalová, etc. Music Publisher Hevhetia issued two albums with his film music: Film Soundtracks and Ideas and Film Works 2011. In 2012 he started his collaboration with the Norwegian guitar magician Eivind Aarset, who composed music to several films. At the moment he is collaborating with Lenka Dusilová, Andrea Ladanyiová, India Czajkowska and Gergo Borlai on the physical performance Artrance.

Mirka Dírerová (executive production) was born in 1986 in Humenné. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at Comenius University in Bratislava and simultaneously studied Production at the Film and Television Faculty at VŠMU in Bratislava. She is working on production of various popular television and commercial projects and events. However, she takes more pleasure in film production. It is documentary films that she likes working on most and participates in their production not only as a production executive but also a producer: Odchádzanie (directed by Dušan Hudec, 2013), Čo mu iné ostáva (directed by Peter Kováčik, in the production), 0800 800 818 (directed by Marcel Pázman, 2011), Camino (directed by Jana Bučka, 2011), Mamma who bore me (directed by Jana Kovalčíková, 2010), Druhý život (directed by Peter Kováčik, 2010). She also organizes and gives lectures at film workshops and other events.