PRODUCTION: Slovenian Director Nejc Gazvoda Starts Shooting Father Figure

    Father Figure by Nejc Gazvoda shooting Father Figure by Nejc Gazvoda shooting photo: Aleksander Petric

    LJUBLJANA: Nejc Gazvoda’s new feature film Father Figure started shooting in his home town Novo mesto in Slovenia on 19 April 2022. The film is a coproduction between Slovenia, Czech Republic and Italy, and it is produced on the Slovenian side by Aleš Pavlin and Andrej Štritof through Perfo.

    Father Figure is an absurdist tale about absurd times, questioning whether it is possible for us to go back and, if that is no longer possible, how to live in a reality with new rules. The film written by Nejc Gazvoda follows a mother and her son who move from Ljubljana to a small town after the mother’s divorce.

    Jan is in his final year of primary school and Maja is a psychologist at the same school. The film begins with the reopening of schools after the end of the pandemic, and the children do not seem to have returned to the way things were before.

    Father Figure is a film about a particular period (the middle of 2021), set in a primary school, and all the issues it deals with are concrete: peer violence, loneliness, dignity. At the same time, it is a trip back to my primary school years and my youth, which seem more unnatural with each passing year, just like the times we are living in now. This is probably my most personal project, set in the most impersonal era of recent history”, Nejc Gazvoda said in a statement.

    The main characters are played by Mojca Funkl, France Mandić and Jure Henigman.

    Slovenia’s Perfo is producing in coproduction with Evolution Films from the Czech Republic and La Sarraz Pictures from Italy. The project is co-funded by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Czech Film Fund and the Italian Ministry of Culture. The Viba Film studio is also taking part in the project.

    The film will be shot in 25 days and it is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

    Production Information:

    Father Figure by Nejc Gazvoda shooting, photo: Aleksander PetricProducer:
    Perfo (Slovenia)
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    Evolution Films (Czech Republic)
    La Sarraz Pictures (Italy)

    Director: Nejc Gazvoda
    Scriptwriter: Nejc Gazvoda
    DoP: Jan Šuster
    Sound designers: Valeria Cocuzza, Marco Brancati
    Production designer: Iris Čeh
    Costume designer: Katarina Šavs