Slovak filmmaker Martin Šulík’s striking debut feature is a rich and complex coming-of-age story set against a background of political upheaval and a country in the throws of transformation and revolution.
Simon, a young student, is drawn into a relationship with an older couple, Maria and Viktor, the dynamics of which veer between passion and cruelty. Simon finds himself caught in a love/hate triangle he does not fully comprehend, the key to which is linked to the dark secrets of their past.
Analysing human relations in the early years of post-communism, Tenderness presents a world still profoundly affected by the moral corruption characteristic of the years of following the Soviet invasion of 1968.
• Presented from the new 2K restoration of the film from original materials supervised by the Slovak Film Institute and approved by the director.
• ‘On Tenderness’ (2020) - a new documentary on the film and its legacy.
• Hurá (1989) - Martin Šulík’s acclaimed short film.
• Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Peter Hames.
• New English subtitle translation
• World premiere on Blu-ray