Foajé is the latest addition to the small number of independent cinemas in Bratislava. And it is the smallest of all: when absolutely packed, it can house only 30 people.
Just over a year ago, in February 2013, young cinema lovers of the Slovak capital turned an old office building into a place where they run several cinema-related projects from.
The people behind the project are those organizing several film-related events in Slovakia, including an international animation festival, and an innovative magazine on Slovak cinema. Recently, they started their own website.
Foajé does not function as a regular cinema. When it began operating, it only offered a couple of movies, nowadays it has several screenings a month. The entrance fee is voluntary, the cookies and lemonade visitors get are for free.
Apart from events organized there, the cinema’s screenings are the most popular events at Foajé. In March, they offers a number of independent, court metrage, and documentary films, among others the profile of animator Tess Martin. Last time I was there a Georgian document was on the program with the director Tinatin Gurchiani joining the viewers via Skype after the screening.
It was a huge success in a small place.