Matchmaking Mayor

“Were award-winning director Erika Hnikova’s entertaining “Matchmaking Mayor” a fiction film, it would seem ludicrous or cloying, meaning its subjects are a documentarian’s dream. She portrays ridiculous situations with the kind of sensibility that has us laughing with the subjects, not at them.” –Hollywood Reporter

The kooky mayor of Zemplínske Hámre, Slovakia, is bewildered at the number of single young people in his village. He’s mystified that they would rather get to the bottom of a vodka bottle than talk to a member of the opposite sex, and in his view, this is why the human race is quietly going to hell in a handbasket. All of his earnest attempts to encourage procreation, including regularly using the village’s public address system to point out the young people’s civic duty to partner up, have failed. So he hatches a plan to neatly pair up each of the available singles. Needless to say, things don’t quite go to plan. In the end, this fantastic documentary seeks to answer the simple query: can the heart be commanded?
Dir. Erika Hnikova, 2011, 72 min.

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