Ljubljana the Beloved / Ljubljana je ljubljena (2005)

3016m / fiction feature, Feature Film

Oton, a young boy, is growing up while his hometown Ljubljana changes, from 1934, when King Alexander of Yugoslavia is killed in France, through first the Italian and then the German occupations of the city, until the arrival of Communism. Oton learns the difference between men and women; the experience makes him swear eternal love to his friend Marjana. His hopes are dasher, however, when the Italian occupying forces invade Ljubljana in 1941. Oton, at that time in grammar school, hates the Italians and joins the underground resistance movement. Marjana slowly changes and forgets her old friends. She draws away from Oton as she falls madly in love with Giorgio, an Italian officer lodging in the apartment of Oton's parents. With time, the Italian occupying troops become increasingly brutal. The only place where nothing seems to change is the nightclub Purgatory, with prostitute Anita as its brightest star, where both the townspeople and the Italian soldiers come to forget the horrors of the war...

Cast

Kristijan Guček
Iva Krajnc
Igor Samobor
Nataša Barbara Gračner
Leopold Polde Bibič
Ivanka Mežan
Barbara Cerar
Ivo Ban
Dare Valič
Slavko Cerjak
Mirjam Korbar
Štefka Drolc
Zlatko Šugman
Matija Vastl
Ivan Ivo Godnič
Demeter Bitenc
Mojca Funkl
Danijel Malalan
Uroš Smolej
Uroš Fürst
Jožica Avbelj
Vlado Novak
Maja G. Štromar
Uroš Potočnik
Alojz Svete
Andrej Murenc
Uroš Kaurin
Vanja Plut
Blaž Valič
Alja Kapun
Gašper Jarni
Rok Kunaver
Toni Cahunek
Romeo Grebenšek
Rafael Vončina
Silvester Stingl
Lea Menard
Mihael Bellis
Maruša Rozman
Ana Dežman
Jan Juvan
Janez Škof

Film crew

Director: Matjaž Klopčič
Screenwriter: Matjaž Klopčič
D.O.P.: Tomislav Pinter
Music author: Urban Koder
Production designer: Matjaž Pavlovec
Costume Designer: Leo Kulaš
Editor: Janez Bricelj
Makeup Artist: Mirjam Kavčič
Sound designer: Boris Romih
Assistant director: Martin Turk
Sound recordist: Jože Trtnik
Producer: Franci Zajc
Production Manager: Frenk Celarc

Organizations

Production Company: Arsmedia d.o.o.
Distribution: Ljubljanski kinematografi d.o.o.
World Sales: Arsmedia d.o.o.

Technical data

Film format: 35mm
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Colours: color
Sound: dolby Digital SRD