PRODUCTION: Slovenia`s Victory Receives TV Premiere

By Matic Vecko

    Victory, a TV film shot in black and white by Slovenian director and screenwriter Miran Zupanič, premiered on RTV Slovenija on 9 November, following its theatrical debut at the 14th Slovenian Film Festival. It was completed in 27 shooting days at the beginning of the year 2011.

    The film was produced by Mateja Smisel of RTV Slovenija (www.rtvslo.si) with a budget of €630,000 The central character is acclaimed Slovenian actor Vlado Novak, who was also the star of the 2007 Slovenian box office hit Rooster's Breakfast. The cast includes Branko Jordan, Zvezdana Mlakar, Tina Vrbnjak, Mojca Funkl, Primož Pirnat, Jurij Drevenšek and Iva Krajnc.

    Zupanič's television films Operation Cartier (1991) and Radio.doc (1995) received several international awards. His documentary Children from Petricek Hill (2007) received the best film award at Festival of Slovenian Film in Portotož, the Erasmus EuroMedia Award 2008 and the Prešeren Foundation Award 2009.

    The central character in Victory is Rado Bigec, a worker who loses his job when the factory where he works is closed. Humiliated and outraged, he decides to abduct the manager of the plant and tries to prevent its closing by threatening his life. Because Rado, "a rebel with a cause," is armed with a bomb, tragic outcome seems imminent, but the situation takes a comic turn.

    Production Credits:

    Production Company: RTV Slovenija (www.rtvslo.si)

    Director: Miran Zupanič

    Screenwriter: Miran Zupanič

    Producer: Mateja Smisel

    Director of Photography: Marko Kočevar, Z. F. S.

    Film Editor: Matjaž Jankovič

    Music: Aldo Kumar

    Set Designer: Matjaž Pavlovec

    Costume Designer: Jerneja Jambrek

    Make up: Anže Košir

    Sound Re-recording Mixer: Robert Sršen

    Sound Recordist: Samo Kozlevčar

    Production Manager: Janez Pirc

    Cast: Vlado Novak, Branko Jordan Zvezdana Mlakar, Tina Vrbnjak, Primož Pirnat, Mojca Funkl, Iva Krajnc, Jurij Drevenšek, Tomaž Gubenšek, Zala Klančič, Leon Klančič, Nina Ivanišin, Marjan Šarec, Tilen Artač