Slovenia

Darko Stante – Posledice AKA Consequences (2018)

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Actions have consequences. When 18-year-old Andrej is admitted to a youth detention centre, he has to fight for his place within the group of inmates. As he works to prove himself to the group’s leader Zeljko, the pair get closer, and dangerous desires emerge. Blinded by his love for Zeljko, Andrej finds himself falling into an unsettling world full of dangerous men and heartless crimes. As Andrej comes to terms with the man he loves and the thing he’s become, it slowly dawns on him; there will be consequences… Read More »

Igor Sterk – Ljubljana (2002)

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Mare’s youth is almost over and he, just like his peers, has no idea what to do with his life. The med school is an unclear guideline at best, the women are coming and going, and there is no sense of stability in this young man in his mid-twenties, whose immaturity is manifested in his interest in the rave scene and the daily dosage of cheap ecstasy. He is searching for passing moments of happiness in this extension of his youth. His colleagues and friends are more or less forced to grow up (getting jobs, having kids) and there is a growing divide between them. They are becoming unpleasant acquaintances, whose chance meetings are getting more and more uneasy. Read More »

Zelimir Zilnik – Tvrdjava Evropa AKA The Fortress Europe (2001)

Fortress Europe is the latest semi-documentary film by Zilnik and was shot on the borders between Slovenia and Italy, Croatia and Slovenia and Hungary and Austria—i.e. the southern area covered by the Schengen Treaty governing the transit of migrants in Europe. As Zilnik notes in the accompanying interview, this new “wall” against the movement of people is more impenetrable than the Berlin wall. Read More »

Sonja Prosenc – Drevo AKA The Tree (2014)

A family finds itself in a dead-end situation. They are only safe behind the walls of their own house and yard. As time vanishes from their home, the shelter slowly turns into a prison. However, nothing can keep the children from dreaming and yearning to be free and the urge to make a decision seems inevitable.

A chamber piece drama that vivisects family values, almost like in ancient tragedies determined by doom. Read More »

Slavoj Žižek – Moebius Strip, Crosscap, Klein Bottle: The Twisted Space of Subjectivity (2017)

A talk given at the “LACK II Conference on Psychoanalysis and Politics NOW” at Colorado College on Friday October 20th, 2017.
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Nejc Gazvoda – Izlet AKA A Trip (2011)

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Ziva, Andrej and Gregor are best friends since high school. Gregor is a soldier who is about to embark on a mission to Afghanistan and Ziva is going to study abroad. Andrej is their gay friend who hates everything, himself included. They decide to go to a road trip to the seaside like they did when they were in high school. When they arrive, they get drunk and Ziva and Gregor kiss each other, what brings tension to their relationship, while Andrej doesn’t know anything and just makes fun of everything, mostly of Gregor and his army ideals. The conflict erupts when Ziva, in a fit of rage, destroys their tent and tells a secret that enrages Andrej. Only then the true problem is revealed – Ziva is not going to study abroad, she was lying because she didn’t want to pity her. Read More »

Karpo Acimovic-Godina – Splav meduze aka The Medusa Raft [+Extras] (1980)

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The film captured the atmosphere of the 1920’s with effortless ease: this story of two school teachers Kristina and Ljiljana, the former a Slovene and the latter a Serb woman, lost somewhere in the Yugoslav provinces of the north is imbued from start to finish with the literary and visual spice of Dada and Surrealism. The story itself is hardly of importance; what’s important is that the teachers are forever dreaming of a new life in a big city. But – like those adrift on Gericault’s raft named Medusa in that classic painting of the French Romantic period – the important thing may just being on the move in a sea of chaos. The main question of the film is: did the avant-garde movement have a sense on the Balkans?
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