PRODUCTION: Slovenian Director Urška Djukić Starts Shooting Little Trouble Girls

    Actresses Mina Švajger, Staša Popović, Jara Sofija Ostan (in the front) Actresses Mina Švajger, Staša Popović, Jara Sofija Ostan (in the front) copyright: SPOK Films

    LJUBLJANA: Slovenian director Urška Djukić, who has won several awards for her short animated film Granny’s Sexual Life, co-directed by Émilie Pigeard, started shooting her debut feature Little Trouble Girls on 20 June 2023 in the small Italian town of Cividale del Friuli. This Slovenian/Italian/Croatian coproduction is expected to be finished in the spring of 2024.

    Little Trouble Girls is a story about a shy and sensitive teenager Lucia, who navigates between the expectations of society and the discovery of her own sexuality.

    "I am grateful that I can make films and that through artistic reflection, above all, through myself and through the world around me, I can provoke the audience with questions, criticism, empathy and a sense of one's own being," says director Urška Djukić, who penned the script with Marina Gumzi.

    The cast includes newcomers Jara Sofija Ostan and Mina Švajger, joined by the renowned Slovenian actors Saša Tabaković, Nataša Burger, Vincenc Lotos Šparovec, Brane Završan and Saša Pavček.

    Little Trouble Girls is produced by Jožko Rutar through Spok Films (Slovenia), Miha Černec and David Cej through Staragara I.T. (Italy), and Katarina Prpić through Izazov 365 (Croatia), in coproduction with Slovenia’s Nosorogi and RTV Slovenija.

    The project is supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, RTV Slovenija, Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura DGCA-Mic (MIBACT), the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, the Film Commission Friuli Venezia Gulia (FVG) and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, with technical support provided by FS Viba. The development of the film was supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Creative Europe MEDIA, RE-ACT and Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

    The international crew of the film includes Slovenian cinematographer Lev Predan Kowarski, Croatian editor Vladimir Gojun, Serbian/Slovenian sound recordist Ivan Atnić and Italian costume designer Gilda Venturini.

    The 35-days shooting will take place in two parts: 29 days in June - July 2023 in Cividale del Friuli and Ljubljana, and additional six days during the winter.

    Born 1986 in Ljubljana, Urška Djukić studied at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica. In 2016 she won a Vesna Award at the 19th Slovenian Film Festival for her short film Bon appetit, la vie!. In 2018, she co-directed The Right One, which premiered at the Cannes’ Directors' Fortnight 2019 as part of the SEE Factory Sarajevo, mon amour portmanteau project. In the same year, she was selected for the 39th Cinéfondation Residence, where she developed Little Trouble Girls, whose development she continued in 2021 at the TorinoFilmLab. Her short animated documentary film Granny's Sexual Life, co-directed with Émilie Pigeard, won the European Film Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2022 and the Grand Prix at Tampere FF, among others.

    Production Information:

    Director and screenwriter Urška Djukić, copyright: SPOK FilmsProducers:
    SPOK Films (Slovenia)
    Jozko Rutar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Staragara I.T. (Italy)
    Izazov 365 (Croatia)
    Katarina Prpic: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Nosorogi (Slovenia)
    RTV Slovenija (Slovenia)

    Director: Urška Djukić
    Scriptwriters: Urška Djukić, Marina Gumzi
    DoP: Lev Predan Kowarski
    Editor: Vladimir Gojun
    Production designer: VasjaKokelj
    Costume designer: Gilda Venturini
    Make-up artist: Eva Uršič
    Composer: Lojze Kranjčan
    Sound designer: Julij Zornik
    Sound: Ivan Antić
    Cast: Jara Sofija Ostan, Mina Švajger, Saša Tabaković, Nataša Burger, Vincenc Lotos Šparovec, Špela Frlic, Staša Popović, Mateja Strle, Brane Završan, Saša Pavček, Irena Tomažin, Matia Casson