Cafe Astoria / Kavarna Astoria (1989)

2818m / fiction feature, Feature Film

The city of Maribor  before the Second World War, and Maribor after its liberation mark the period in which the film Cafe Astoria is set. The story relates with a gentle melancholy and a slight irony the lives of  a middle-class family: the cafe owner, his wife and their son. Through their individual destinies we become acquainted with the social and historical background of a by-gone era; the social and national differences of pre-war Maribor, divisions among the wealthy and poor, and nationally minded Slovenes  and fanatic Germanophils. The first year after the war  introduced  the absurd characteristic cruel measures of the so-called revolutionary social transformations  in which calamity and coincidence intervene, resulting in events of  comic nature, of course, as seen from a safe distance of fifty years.

Cast

Izabela Albrecht
Ludvik Bagari
Ivo Ban
Ljerka Belak
Danilo Benedičič
Demeter Bitenc
Peter Boštjančič
Branko Drobnik
Lenča Ferenčak
Brane Brane Grubar
Dare Hering
Marjan Hlastec
Janez Rifle Hočevar
Igor Jalušič
Boris Juh
Vladimir Jurc
Roman Končar
Lidija Kozlovič
Sandi Krošl
Andrej Kurent
Bine Matoh
Vlado Novak
Rado Pavalec
Anton Petje
Miro Podjed
Stane Stanko Potisk
Nataša Tič Ralijan
Darja Reichman
Maja Sever
Marko Simčič
Srečo Špik
Branko Brane Šturbej
Violeta Tomič
Peter Ternovšek
Aleš Valič
Dario Varga
Irena Varga
Anica Veble
Borut Veselko
Božo Vovk
Jože Vunšek
Judita Zidar

Film crew

Director: Jože Pogačnik
Screenwriter: Žarko Petan
Story editor: Marjan Brezovar
D.O.P.: Janez Verovšek
Music author: Bojan Adamič
Production designer: France Frenk Kveder
Costume Designer: Milena Kumar
Editor: Stanko Kostanjevec
Makeup Artist: Hilda Jurečič
Assistant director: Uroš Tatomir
Cameraman: Jure Verovšek
Sound recordist: Hanna Preuss Slak
Songwriter (Lyrics): Erwin Fritz
Singer/Performer: Brane Ivanc
Production Manager: Ljubo Struna

Organizations

Production Company: Filmski studio Viba film Ljubljana
Distribution: Filmski studio Viba film Ljubljana

Technical data

Film format: 35mm
Aspect ratio: /
Colours: color
Sound: unknown