You are welcome to the program IN FOCUS on Slovenian new films at Filmhuis Den Haag! Our special program highlights the new works from a small country with a great tradition of cinema. As well as a number of award-winning shorts, we are also screening several new fiction feature films – among them Sanremo by Miroslav Mandic, the Slovenian candidate for the Oscars 2022 and Don’t forget to breathe in the presence of Martin Turk (director).
We proudly present four films made by great female talents from Slovenia who are tackling relevant topics of inclusivity, dealing with family relations and being daring and fresh in their cinematic expression.
Vesna Goodbye by Sara Kern
Vesna Goodbye shows the impressive and unusual ways kids can cope with the loss of their mother. Winner of the Vesna Award for Best Original Audio- visual Work at the Festival of Slovenian Film. Watch the trailer here
Sisters by Katarina Resek Kukla (winner of the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand)
Sisters is about three best friends, modern-day sworn virgins. A brilliant, powerful film about gender identity in a patriarchal society and girls who cannot accept the roles they have been given. Winner of the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand. Watch the trailer here
Concert by Barbara Zemljic
Concert won best short film in the Female Perspective programme at the World of Film International Festival. A compelling reflection on the dramatic life-changing story of a teenager preparing for a concert as a guitar duo.
The Right One by Urska Djukic, Gabriel Tzafka
The Right One opened the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and follows a possessive mother, a loving son, the fiancée’s first visit, a silent witness. Four players around a pie, filmed in a single shot.
SOMA by Sandra Jovanovska
We thought we were made of dust, but in fact, we are just spirits. A fascinating, grotesque stop-motion animation that deals with the theme of addiction with originality. Watch the trailer here
Don’t forget to breathe, 98 min. IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR MARTIN TURK
Don’t forget to breathe, directed by Martin Turk, is a refined, intimate drama of love, jealousy, friendship, brotherhood, and life in a province where beautiful nature plays a big role. Watch the trailer here
SANREMO by Miroslav Mandic, 85 min
Sanremo, is the Slovenian nomination for the Oscars 2022. Mandic, a Bosnian- born and Slovenia- based director, gives the subject of dementia a gentle and humane cinematic treatment. With great performances by Silva Cusin, Sandi Pavlin, Boris Cavazza, the film takes us to the gentle love story of people in old age. The music is composed by the Croatian-French musician Darko Rundek. Watch the trailer here