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by Rok Biček


Matej is born into a family of people with special needs in a God-forsaken village in a God-forsaken land, but is himself so one of a kind - neither different nor normal - he seems to have completely escaped the pressures of his environment. Fate, nevertheless, catches up with him, as he and his girlfriend have a daughter and their relationship collapses soon after. The custody battle ensues and is becoming ever nastier, until Matej opts for a radical exit out of the vicious circle, both of family and life itself. The Family is a reality film that covers a period of a whole decade, one that seeks feelings rather than sensations. A film without a screenplay, but with a multitude of screenwriters, both human and nonhuman.

international title: The Family
original title: Družina
country: Slovenia, Austria
year: 2017
genre: docu-fiction
directed by: Rok Biček
film run: 106'
screenplay: Rok Biček
cast: Matej Rajk, Nia Kastelec, Barbara Kastelec, Alenka Rajk, Boris Rajk, Mitja Rajk
cinematography by: Rok Biček
film editing: Rok Biček, Yulia Roschina
producer: Rok Biček, Erna Gorse Bicek
production: Cvinger Film


main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2017Semaine de la Critique
Premio SRG SSR
Sarajevo Film Festival 2017

Documentary Competition

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