Slovenia – Guest of Honour at the MedFilm Festival in Rome

23. October 2012
The oldest film festival of the city of Rome, which will see its eighteenth instalment this year, will take place between Friday, 19 October, and Sunday, 28 October. The festival covers the Mediterranean region, and Slovenia is this year's guest of honour from its northern part.

The festival will present the films from the recent years. The organisers included some of them in the competition programme, while others will be screened in the "Slovenian Exhibition" programme. Archeo by the director Jan Cvitkovič and the co‑production film Parade by Srdjan Dragojević have qualified for the competition programme of live‑action features. The Alexandrians by the director Metod Pevec and The Long Vacation by Damjan Kozole, which received the Award for Best Documentary Film at the 15th Festival of Slovenian Film, have been selected for the competition programme of documentary films. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf by the director Janez Lapajne and Missing the Moment by the director Mitja Mlakar have qualified for the competition programme of short films.

In the "Slovenian Exhibition" programme the following films will be presented: A Trip by Nejc Gazvoda, Good Night, Missy by Metod Pevec, The State of Shock by Andrej Košak, Bread and Circuses by Klemen Dvornik and 9:06 by Igor Šterk. The selected short films include Dad, Can I Drive the Car by Miha Hočevar, Lust Lunch by Miha Šubic, and Hundred Dogs by Jan Cvitkovič.

Slovenian films will be screened between 24 and 27 October, and the festival will be attended by the directors Damjan Kozole and Jan Cvitkovič. At a solemn event on Friday, 26 October at 20:00, Damjan Kozole will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The MedFilm Festival presents 40 countries and 86 films. Special attention will also be paid to the countries of the "Arab Spring": Morocco, Tunisia, Algiers, Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon.

The presentation of the Slovenian films in the Eternal City was made possible by the cooperation of the Slovenian Film Centre and Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Rome.

This is the second retrospective of the Slovenian film in Italy in 2012. In April five Slovenian features with Italian subtitles from the period between 1997 and 2010 were shown at the film festival in Lecce: Express Express by Igor Šterk, Idle Running by Janez Burger, Blind Spot by Hanna Slak, Rustling Landscapes by Janez Lapajne, and Dad by Vlado Škafar.

The first retrospective of Slovenian film in Rome, organised by the Slovenian Film Fund, took place in 2003.   At that occasion the Slovenian cinematography was presented with the emphasis on the more contemporary films. The overview of the older and more recent Slovenian cinematography was encompassed by the selection of ten films. Five of them represented a glimpse at the history of Slovenian film: The Valley of Peace by France Štiglic (1956), Dance in the Rain by Boštjan Hladnik (1961), The Widowhood of Karolina Žašler by Matjaž Klopčič (1976), Farewell Until the Next War by Živojin Pavlović (1980) and Red Boogie by Karpo Godina (1982). The other five films, however, provided a look at the film industry of the independent Slovenia: Express Express by Igor Šterk (1997), Outsider by Andrej Košak (1997), Socializing the Bull? by Zvonko Čoh and Milan Erič (1998), Bread and Milk by Jan Cvitkovič (2001) and Sweet Dreams by Sašo Podgoršek (2001).


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