June Journeys of Slovenian Films
01. July 2003
June was very successful for
(A)torsion, Spare Parts, Guardian of the Frontier, Blind Spot, Sweet Dreams, Rustling Landscapes and Ljubljana. The films visited a number of festivals; you can read more about this on the following page. Welcome! Let us begin the month of June with the short film (A)torsion by Stefan Arsenijevic. (A)torsion continues its award-winning journey. In June it received two awards for best film – first at the InCurt festival in Barcelona, and then at the Huesca Film Festival, which also took place in Spain. Apart from these two it has been shown at four other festivals: in Oslo, Norway, at the International Festival in Sydney, at Festroja in Portugal, and in the competition program of the festival in Trencianske Teplice in Slovakia. The Slovaks were also able to see Podgorsek's Sweet Dreams at their Art Film Festival between 20 and 28 June. Saso Podgorsek is already well known there, since this is the third film of his shown at this festival. The previous two films were Vertigo Bird, shown in 1997, and Dom svobode, shown in 2000. Then Dom svobode won the most important award at this festival – the golden key. In the year 2001 the film Portrait With Background by Amir Muratovic participated at this festival. The Italians were also able to watch the growing up of a thirteen-year-old in the film Sweet Dreams between 16 and 22 June at the Naples Film Festival. At the Festroja International Festival Spare Parts by Damjan Kozole, Blind Spot by Hanna A.W. Slak and Guardian of the Frontier by Maja Weiss were shown besides A(torsion). Last year a number of Slovenian films also appeared at this festival: the golden lion winner Bread and Milk, Sweet Dreams, which won also the "Fipresci" award, Express Express – the winner of three awards from Montpellier and Porno Film - the winner of the film festival in Portoroz 2000. Spare Parts by Damjan Kozole and Ljubljana by Igor Sterk were shown at the International Film Festival in Moscow from 20 to 29 June. Rustling Landscapes by Janez Lapajne had its Australian premiere at the International Festival in Sydney. This festival, the fiftieth in the row this year, took place from 6 to 20 June. Here Bread and Milk by Jan Cvitkovic was shown last year. In the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA, Guardian of the Frontier by Maja Weiss was shown. Apart from that the German audience was able to see this film at the lesbian festival in Freiburg between 19 and 22 June.