01-10-2009

Potoroz Festival Spotlight: Slovenian Girl

Damjan Kozole's Slovenian Girl, a film about greed and lost ambitions, is the latest of his transition film series that started with Porno Film (2000) and Spare Parts (2003, nominated for Golden Bear in Berlin).

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Aleksandra is a 23-year-old student of English language and literature, about to write her thesis. No one knows that Alexandra runs personal ads under the nickname, "The Slovenian Girl" and that prostitution is her secret source of money which she desperately needs after buying a flat with loan. An accomplished manipulator, liar and a bit of a thief. Alexandra has plans for her life, but after a tryst with a European politician who suddenly dies of a stroke she discovers that life is not as easy as she naively expected.

Kozole says the film is "a portrait of a young woman torn by conflicting feelings about herself and the world around her. She loses her sense of reality and appreciation of her own body, all because - as puts it - she wants to assure herself a better life."

Slovenian Girl was selected to open the 12th Festival of Slovenian Film and has simultaneously been released theatrically in Slovenia. The film has been shown at film festivals in Sarajevo, Toronto and Reykjavik, and is scheduled for Pusan, Warsaw, Rotterdam, and Göteborg on what looks like a long festival journey.

The €1.5 million film is an Emotion Film (www.emotionfilm.si) production, with coproducers from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Germany.

Production Credits:

Slovenian Girl (www.slovenka.si)

Production Company: Vertigo/Emotionfilm (www.emotionfilm.si), Neue Mediopolis Film (www.mediopolis-online.de), RTV Slovenia (www.rtvslo.si), Film House Bas Celik (Belgrade, Serbia), 4 Film (Croatia), Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art (www.pro.ba)

Co-production Company: Viba Film studio (www.vibafilm.si)

Co-funding: Slovenian Film Fund (www.film-sklad.si), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (www.medienboard.de), Film Centre Serbia (www.fcs.co.yu), Ministry of Culture Republic of Croatia (www.min-kulture.hr), Media Plus

Distribution: Cinemania group (www.cinemania-group.si)

Director: Damjan Kozole

Screenwriters: Ognjen Sviličić, Matevž Luzar, Damjan Kozole

Producer: Danijel Hočevar

Co-producer: Alexander Ris, Jelena Mitrovic, Srdan Golubovic, Anita Juka, Amra Baksic Camo

Production Manager: Matija Kozamerni

Director of Photography: Aleš Belak

Music: Silence ban

Film Editor: Jurij Moškon, Andrija Zafranović

Set Designer: Maja Moravec

Costume Designer: Zora Stančič

Sound Re-recording Mixer: Julij Zornik

Sound Recordist: Gasper Loborec

Makeup Artist: Mojca Gorogranc

Second A.D.: Urša Kos, Marko Šantic

Cast:

Nina Ivanišin

Peter Musevski

Primož Pirna

Maruša Kink

Uroš Fürst

Dejan Spasić

Aljoša Kovačič

Andrej Murenc

Aleš Valič

Marjuta Slamič

Ivan Godnič

Cedric B. von Sidow

Philip Burt

Last modified on 29-11-2009