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).


    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


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    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