Igor Šterk (Ljubljana, Tuning, and Ekspres, Ekspres) has moved into post-production with Offside, with plans for a national premiere at the 12th Festival of Slovenian film in autumn 2009.
German-French co-producer ZDF Arte came on board early in the production process. "Obviously the script attracted people abroad. Their support was very important because I can make the movie the way I wanted - choosing specific location and exceptional actors such as Igor Samobor, Silva Čusin, Labina Mitovska, Jana Zupancič, Gregor Bakovič and Pavle Ravnohrib," Šterk said. The film was shot in Ljubljana and along the Croatian coast.
The story concerns a police inspector investigating an unusual case - the suspicious death of a man -- who develops an obsession with the case when he realizes it was suicide. He moves into the deceased man's apartment, digging through his life, getting involved with people who knew the dead man, and gradually taking over his identity. Šterk stated, "This is a film that starts as a police thriller and then continues as an intimate thriller -- a film where death is waiting to happen."
Co-production Company: Gustav Film (www.gustavfilm.si), Mogador Film, TV Slovenia (www.rtvslo.si), ZDF/ARTE (www.zdf-enterprises.de)
Co-funding: Slovenian Film Fund (www.film-sklad.si), ZDF/ARTE (www.zdf-enterprises.de), MEDIA development (www.mediadevelopment.com)
Director: Igor Šterk
Screenwriter: Igor Šterk, Siniša Dragin
Co-producer: Igor Šterk, Frenk Celarc, Christoph Thoke, Alexander Bohr
Production Manager: Petra Vidmar
Director of Photography: Simon Tanšek
Film Editor: Petar Marković
Set Designer: Nataša Rogelj
Costume Designer: Katja Rosa
Sound Re-recording Mixer: Julij Zornik
Sound Recordist: Peter Žerovnik
Makeup Artist: Gabrijela Fleischman