Documentary about the generation of Slovak photographers who met in 80´s in Prague and became the Slovak New Wave.

wave vs. shore is a documentary about the extraordinary generation of Slovak photographers got together at FAMU in Prague at the beginning of the 1980´s and enriched the fine art photography by unconventional energy, playfulness and unchained imagination. Very quickly, the critics started referring to them as the SLOVAK NEW WAVE.

A film by Martin Štrba and His Friends

Martin Štrba:

“Our film tells the story of diverse journeys branching out in many diff erent ways, however, all keeping something in common. Despite the fact that each of them follows its own direction through completely diff erent countries, one thing unites them all. That thing is the constant searching.”

Martin Štrba, himself one of them, in his directorial debut visits and interviews his friends and artistic colleagues and reconstructs the atmosphere of the period which gave rise to the Slovak New Wave phenomenon.

Jano Pavlík, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Tono Stano, Martin Štrba, Miro Švolík, Kamil Varga and Peter Župník brought a completely new creative vision of artistic photography and still active today, in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and abroad, they have continued to influence the development of the art of photography.

wave vs. shore is a meeting of longtime friends and artists and their creative energy, a contemporary exploration of the role of the environment in which creativity and inspiration can overgrow into Slovak New Wave phenomenon. It is an unconventional documentary, formally following the inventiveness and playfulness of the film protagonists´ artistic approaches.

MOVIE AWARDS & Festivals

The Cinematik.doc Award for the Best Documentary (Film Festival Cinematik 2015, Piestany)

BFI London Film Festival 2015 (in the section Dare)

WAVE VS. SHORE in section Dare, BFI London Film Festival 2015.

Martin Štrba's wave vs. shore tells the story of how a group of photographers started the Slovak New Wave in the 1980s and challenged the Communist status quo. Štrba explains why Prague was such an important city in this movement and explains the pervading themes of the work being produced.


Production date: 2014
Genre: Documentary
Length: 88 min.
Format: colour, DCP

Distribution premiere: November 6th, 2014

Country: Czech Republic / Slovakia
Production: PubRes (SR), Šmik (CZ)
Co-producer: Česká televize (CZ)
Production co-operation: MAT FILM (Jan Mattlach), Bluetools Studio (Radim Hladík jr.)

Supported by: Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech State Cinematography Fund

Original name: vlna vs. breh
Distribution name: vlna vs. břeh
Original language: Slovak
English subtitles/dubbing: yes/no
Distribution format: 2D DCP


Festivals / Sales

PubRes s. r. o.
Mrs. Ľubica Orechovská
phone: +421-905-639-429


Director: Martin Štrba
Script: Olina Kaufmanová, Martin Štrba
Dir. of Photography: Martin Štrba
Producers: Zuzana Mistríková (PubRes), Ľubica Orechovská (PubRes), Katarína Štrbová Bieliková (Šmik)
Music: Michal Novinski, mamapapabanda group
Sound: Radim Hladík jr.
Editor: Olina Kaufmanová
Cast: Jano Pavlík, Rudo Prekop, Vasil Stanko, Tono Stano, Martin Štrba,
Miro Švolík, Kamil Varga, Peter Župník and others

About Director

Martin Štrba (1961) is one of the most recognized Slovak directors of photography active in Slovakia and Czech Republic. He has collaborated on numerous fiction and documentary films with renowned directors such as Martin Šulík, Vladimír Michálek, Jan Hřebejk, Agnieszka Holland. For his work, he has been awarded with numerous awards, including the national film awards and film critics awards, in both Slovakia and Czech Republic.

He is also one of the photographers of the Slovak New Wave. Film wave vs. shore is his debut film as scriptwriter and director.