Slovenian Films in Cannes
THE VALLEY OF PEACE by France Štiglic
Yugoslavia/Slovenia | 1957 | 90 min
Slovenia, WWII: two young orphans, a German girl Lotti (Eveline Wohlfeiler) and a Slovenian boy Marko (Tugo Štiglic), escape from a town which has been just been bombed in a US air-raid. They have heard someone talk about a lost valley where there is always peace and they set out to find it. Right above them, an African-American pilot parachutes from his fighter plane shot down by the German army. Sergeant Jim (John Kitzmiller) discovers the children, but he can’t bring himself to leave them to their fate – even if they slow down his escape. Both Germans and partisans know that the pilot has survived. Which one of them will find him first?
OFFICIAL SELECTION - CANNES CLASSICS
Wednesday 18 / 21:00 / Salle Buñuel
NIGHTLIFE by Damjan Kozole
Slovenia / 2016 / 93'
One night, a high-profile attorney is found on the pavement along the main road through Ljubljana. He is barely conscious, lying in a pool of blood, and covered in dog bites. Doctors at the medical center fight to keep him alive while his wife, in shock, confronts her deepest fears. During the course of this night, she will break every moral standard she has stood up for in her life.
14 May | 11:30 | Palais D
COME ALONG by Igor Šterk
Slovenia | 2016 | 83'
In search of the best photo for the school competition, four thirteen-year-old pupils head to remote hills. The competition for awards turns into a struggle for survival. A story about growing up, love, friendship and heroism. The warm but suspenseful and occasionally spine-chilling film focuses on what happens in the today’s world when technology stops working and the ‘primal’ human instincts come to light.
15 May / 14:00 / Palais E
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! by Žiga Virc
Slovenia | 2016 | 90'
In March 1961, Yugoslavia sold its secret space programme to the US. Two months later Kennedy announced that the US would go to the Moon. Many people believe that Yugoslavia’s president Tito saved the USA’s ‘reputation’ in the space race by selling them Yugoslav space flight technology. The story of the film is based on real-life facts and inspired by real events.
17 May / 15:30 / Palais D
A COMEDY OF TEARS by Marko Sosič
Slovenia | 2016 | 75'
Albert is an elderly man – a cynic, choleric, and racist. He is in a wheelchair, living in a spacious flat in Trieste, immersed in his solitary obsessive memory fragments involving the unresolved relations with his family members whom he had distanced himself from a long time ago. His only contacts with reality are Ida, an educated middle-aged lady who comes from Istria to Albert’s place twice a week in order to clean up, cook for him and bathe him.
16 May / 13:30 / Palais B