Slovenia

  • Vlado Kubenko & Peter Mihálik & Dusan Trancík – Tryzna (1969)

    1961-1970ArthouseDocumentaryDusan TrancíkPeter MihálikSloveniaVlado Kubenko
    Tryzna (1969)
    Tryzna (1969)

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    The Wake depicts the events preceding manifestation funeral of Jan Palach who sat himself on fire on Venceslas Square in Prague to wake Czechoslovak nation from slow lapse to apathy after the 1968 invasion of Warsaw Pact armies. In the picture are interviewed many important figures of political, economy and cultural life including Vaclav Havel and actor Rudolf Hrusinsky. Its suggestive report on the shock and sadness which overcome the nations after Palachs selfimmolation. The movie was awarded with special price at 10th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 1969.Read More »

  • Joze Gale – Kekec (1951)

    1951-1960ClassicsJoze GaleSloveniaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito
    Kekec (1951)
    Kekec (1951)

    Kekec is one of those films people in Slovenia usually see in their childhood and keep it in their memories as a precious gift for the rest of their lives. It is a double memory: firstly, of one’s childhood, and seconly, of an environment that doesn’t exist in the modern world. In fact, the setting looks so ancient the things you see there could be taken straight from a museum – and this is not far from the truth, since every detail has been made with such accuracy it could also serve as a student’s book of ethnographic elements in rural Alpine settlements. Today, these mountains are suffering greatly from the global warming, and most of the green empty planes you see are filled with small tourist houses. All in all, a film as a memory par exellence!Read More »

  • Franci Slak – Hudodelci AKA Kriminalci AKA The Felons (1987)

    1981-1990DramaFranci SlakSloveniaWar

    Peter Berdon joins a group of Stalinists after his father is killed by the Nazis in this grim political drama. The film begins with his arrest and uses flashbacks to tell the events that led to his incarceration. His abuse is chronicled both in and out of prison after he falls in with a Bonnie and Clyde-like duo after the war is over.

    The first film for which Laibach composed a soundtrackRead More »

  • Michael Benson – Laibach: Prerokbe Ognja AKA Predictions of Fire (1996)

    1991-2000DocumentaryMichael BensonSlovenia

    A visceral documentary focusing on the Slovenian collective art movement known as NSK (‘Neue Slowenische Kunst’) and its varied branches: ‘Laibach’, ‘Irwin’, and ‘Red Pilot’.Read More »

  • Janez Lapajne – Selestenje AKA Rustling Landscapes (2002)

    2001-2010DramaJanez LapajneSlovenia

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    Selestenje Selestenje (2002) Luka leaves for the countryside unhappy with the way his girlfriend Katarina has treated him. She follows him hoping that they could sort out their relationship. Despite the beauty and tranquillity of their surroundings they go through twists and turns that only intensify their crisis. When Katarina befriends the happy-go-lucky soldier Primoz, new dimensions and choices open up for her. Ultimately all three must decide where their own life will take them.

    A quiet triumph of focused improvisation. Under Lapajne’s sure hand, universally understood issues of communication, fidelity, jealousy, longing and frustration are presented clearly and without manipulative sentiment, allowing the fundamental decency of the characters to shine through.Read More »

  • Bostjan Hladnik – Ubij me nežno aka Kill Me Softly (1979)

    1971-1980Bostjan HladnikCultDramaSloveniaYugoslavian Cinema under Tito

    Boštjan Hladnik (30 January 1929 – 30 May 2006) was a Yugoslav/Slovene filmmaker.

    Hladnik was born in Kranj. He started with amateur short films after acquiring a projector and a 8mm camera in 1947[1]. From 1949 he studied at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana and made a name for himself with several highly acclaimed short films. In 1957, Hladnik moved to Paris to apprentice under French filmmakers such as Claude Chabrol, Philipe de Broca, and Robert Siodmak. Hladnik’s early-’60s features, Ples v dežju (Dance in the Rain)[2] (1961) and Peščeni grad/Sand Castle[3] (1962), influenced the course of Yugoslav cinema, through integrating influences from the nouvelle vague into it. Read More »

  • Matjaz Ivanisin – Oroslan (2019)

    2011-2020DramaMatjaz IvanisinSlovenia

    When a man known as Oroslan dies, the news quickly spreads through a little village, causing grief and emotion. Later on, actions become words and words become stories. In order to overcome the sorrow and restore the natural flow of life, the villagers start sharing their memories about Oroslan, re-creating his image through their tales.Read More »

  • Marko Nabersnik – Sanghaj AKA Shanghai Gypsy (2012)

    2011-2020ComedyDramaMarko NabersnikSlovenia

    Synopsis:
    Lutvija Belmondo Mirga narrates a story about four generations. Belmondo is the central character of the film, a gypsy king, who decided to establish his own gypsy village. He names it Shanghai. Belmondo makes a living smuggling and his power and influence grow big. He even gets the local police and politics on his side and that helps him to become untouchable for law. But with the downfall of Yugoslavia, smuggling of goods is replaced by smuggling of the arms. Though lucrative the business starts to threaten Belmondo’s personal life and he finds himself at the crossroads. Will he protect his own family or is he going to sacrifice his personal happiness for business ambitions? Shanghai Gypsy is a story about longing for happiness; it is a story about love and family ties, in which tears are intertwined with laughs. The story is set in times of the downfall of Yugoslavia. The film is shot in the authentic Romani language.Read More »

  • Janez Burger – V leru AKA Idle Running (1999)

    1991-2000ComedyDramaJanez BurgerSlovenia

    Dizzy is a perennial student living in a small double room in a hostel. He never seems to study, but spends his time sleeping, watching TV, and drinking. Marko, a studious freshman from the country, is assigned to the other bed in the room, and he is soon joined by his young, very pregnant, girlfriend Ana. Meanwhile, Dizzy’s girlfriend Marina is trying to get Dizzy to make a commitment, but he would prefer to continue his idle ways.Read More »

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