Spare Parts among the Elite
Sight and Sound, the prestigious British film magazine, published monthly by BFI (British Film Institute), released a list of 10 most important films from the "New Europe" in its June issue. The feature film "Spare Parts" by the director Damjan Kozole, produced by Emotionfilm and RTV Slovenia with the financial support of the Slovenian Film Fund, was also included in this prestigious selection.
One of the most eminent film magazines in the world, the British Sight and Sound, chose "Cinema of the New Europe" as its main focus for the June issue - an overview of films from the Eastern Europe since the fall of communism. Quite a few of expert texts on almost 20 pages focus on the various aspects of the development of Eastern European cinematographies in the last two decades; and a selection of ten most important films of the "New Europe" has also published.
The list includes the film Spare Parts (2003) by the director Damjan Kozole. Spare Parts is in the company of such masterpieces as the last year's Cannes winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) by Cristian Mungiu, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu, No Man's Land (2001) by Danis Tanović, Werkmeister Harmonies (2000) by Dela Tarr, Taxidermia (2007) by Gyorgy Palfi and The Trap (2007) by Srdan Golubović. The qualification for the elite selection represents another great and important international confirmation for this film. Spare Parts had its premiere in the competition programme of the Berlin Festival in 2003 and received awards at many festivals after that. This film was also distributed around Europe and the United States. Some Slovenian film critics attacked it forcefully after its premiere, while the English Guardian gave it all five stars at the beginning of its cinema distribution in the Great Britain, calling it "one of the most important and most provocative films of the year". The film is still being shown all around the world five years after its premiere, and in the Great Britain and USA it has also been released on DVD.
Currently the director Damjan Kozole is editing his new film Slovenian Girl, and in late autumn we can expect the Slovenian premiere of his low‑budget feature film Forever, which had a successful world premiere at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival.
Sight and Sound, http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound