Frisky docu amusingly addresses the dearth of young people in small towns.

After bringing better roads, jobs and cable television to the eastern Slovak hamlet of Zemplinske Hamre, Burgomaster Jozef Gajdos, a retired general, turns his thoughts to the crisis of a dwindling population in frisky docu “Matchmaking Mayor.” Incorporating plenty of low-key visual humor into her witty production design, Czech helmer Erika Hnikova follows Gajdos’ plan for social engineering and its effect on some local singles. Forthright, amusing approach to topical subject matter (the dearth of young people in small towns and resulting scarcity of suitable marriage partners) makes pic a fun find for Eurocasters.

An outspoken eccentric with a controlling bent, Gajdos uses the village’s P.A. system to broadcast his thoughts (one local notes, “He preaches more than the priest”). He plans a party for thirtysomething singles, annotating the invite list with frank commentary. Some of the attendees still live with their parents and are resigned to their unmarried status, filling their time with other pursuits. Others are ready to settle down, but don’t seem to have a knack for social interaction. Intimate tech package smoothly mixes preplanned and unstaged sequences, and the trim running time is just right.

Matchmaking Mayor

Czech Republic-Slovakia


A Cinemart (in Czech Republic) release of an Endorfilm production, in co-production with Czech Television, Slovak Television, Un Film, I/O Post, with the support of Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. (International sales: OutCome, Prague.) Produced by Jiri Konecny. Co-producers, Petr Moravek, Marek Urban, Ivan Ostrochovsky, Dagmar Malinovska, Jordi Niubo. Directed, written by Erika Hnikova.


Camera (color), Jiri Strnad; editor, Janka Vickova. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 13, 2011. Running time: 72 MIN.


Jozef Gajdos, Dana Pasekova, Monika Maxova, Janco Ogurcak, Dodo Barna, Laci Holovac. (Slovak, Czech dialogue)
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