LJUBLJANA: The Italian-born Slovenian director Martin Turk is in post-production with his third feature film Don't Forget to Breathe / Ne pozabi dihati. The coming-of-age drama is produced by an all-female Slovenian/Croatian/Italian coproduction team. The producer Ida Weiss introduced the project at the Works in Progress presentation of the Zlin IFF on 29 May 2019.
The central character is fifteen-year-old Klemen, who lives with his elder brother Peter and their single mother in a remote rural town. Klemen's comfortable routine of spending time with his brother on the tennis court and at a nearby river is up-ended when by Peter begins a love affair with the beautiful Sonja, setting off conflicting emotions and reckless actions by Klemen. The film is set in the ripe days of summer, with a complimentary colour palette.
Newcomer Matija Valant won the role of Klemen over 200 other young actors. Peter is played by Tine Ugrin, who appeared in Nika (Nora Production Group, 2016) directed by Slobodan Maksimović, and the role of Sonja went to Klara Kuk, an acting student at AGRFT.
Don't Forget To Breathe is produced by Ida Weiss through Slovenian Bela Film in coproduction with Marta Zaccaron through Quasar (Italy), Darija Kulenović Gudan and Marina Andree Škop through Studio Dim (Croatia), RTV Slovenija and RAI Cinema (Italy).
The film is supported by the Slovenian Film Center with 455,000 EUR, FVG Fondo Audiovisivo with 86,400 EUR, Croatian Audiovisual Center with 54.000 EUR and in-kind technical facilities of film studio Viba film in the amount of 165,000 EUR. Significant financial support came during development from the Creative Europe - Media Programme (MEDIA) and the RE-ACT development scheme, as well as from the Italian-based world sales agent Intramovies.
The total budget is estimated at 1,200,000 EUR. "Bela Film contributed 59% of the budget, RTV Slovenija 12%, Quasar and Rai Cinema 24% together, and Studio Dim 5%," Ida Weiss told FNE.
The six-week shoot took place in Slovenia and Croatia. The film will be released in the autumn of 2019 or spring of 2020. The film was presented at the Cannes 2019 Market, and it is currently seeking collaboration with distributors and festivals.
Coproducers:Studio Dim (Croatia)Quasar (Italy)RTV Slovenia (Slovenia)RAI TV (Italy)
Supported by: Slovenian Film Center (Slovenia), FVG Fondo Audiovisivo (Italy), Croatian Audiovisual Center (Croatia), Viba film (Slovenia), Creative Europe - Media Programme (MEDIA) and RE-ACT
Credits:Director: Martin TurkScreenwriters: Martin Turk, Gorazd TrušnovecDoP: Radislav Jovanov-GonzoEditor: Beppe LeonettiProduction Designer: Marco JuratovecCostume Designer: Emil CerarMake-Up Designer: Mojca Gorogranc PetrushevskaMusic: Teho TeardoSound Recording: Antonio PetrisCast: Matija Valant, Tine Ugrin, Iva Krajnc Bagola, Klara Kuk, Nikola Đuričko, Ronja Matijevec Jerman, Jakob Cilenšek, Miha Rodman