In the gently humorous observational docu “Osadne,” the titular village’s long-serving mayor and an Orthodox priest seek solutions to secure the survival of their fast-disappearing community. Again focusing on one of the furthest reaches of the European Union, multihypenate Marko Skop (“Other Worlds”) nabbed the docu prize at the Karlovy Vary fest for this part travelogue and part political commentary, which should be in demand for docu fests and Euro TV.
Located in northeastern Slovakia, near the border with Ukraine, Osadne is home to a population of 216. Of these, most are elderly Rusyns, a Slavic minority with its own language. Over the past five years, priest Peter Soroka has buried 50 and baptized only two. Believing that the village’s future lies in tourism, Father Soroka and mayor Ladislav Mikulasko travel to the European Parliament in Brussels to pitch various schemes. Director Skop winningly marks the contrast between the homespun politics of Osadne and the talk-heavy formality of the European Parliament. Although not as whimsically stylized as last year’s Skop-produced docu “Blind Loves,” the pic’s careful compositions and framing maintain visual interest. A 52-minute version for broadcast also exists.