Two Slovenian films feature in this year’s Karlovy Vary competitions
by Vladan Petkovic
- Damjan Kozole's Nightlife will screen in the Official Competition, while Žiga Virc's Houston, We Have a Problem! heads to East of the West
Two Slovenian films will take part in the competition programmes of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (1-9 July).
Damjan Kozole's ninth fiction feature, Nightlife [+see also:
interview: Damjan Kozole
film profile], takes place over one night, when a high-profile attorney is found on the pavement by a main road running through Ljubljana. He is barely conscious, lying in a pool of blood and covered in dog bites. Doctors at the medical centre fight to keep him alive while his wife, in shock, confronts her deepest fears.
The film stars Pia Zemljič (Rooster's Breakfast) and Jernej Šugman (Inferno [+see also:
film profile]); it was co-written by Kozole and Croatia's Ognjen Sviličić (These Are the Rules [+see also:
film profile]), and lensed by Serbia's Miladin Čolaković (Redemption Street [+see also:
interview: Miroslav Terzić
film profile]). Producer Danijel Hočevar was at Karlovy Vary last year with Ivona Juka's East of the West title You Carry Me [+see also:
interview: Ivona Juka
Set to have its European premiere in the East of the West section, Žiga Virc's first feature, Houston, We Have a Problem! [+see also:
interview: Žiga Virc
film profile], is a mix of myths and facts, and tells the unbelievable story of the top-secret Yugoslav space programme that Tito sold to the United States in the 1960s for several billion dollars. It includes archive footage featuring Tito, JFK, Nixon, Carter, Johnson and Clinton, and interviews with Slavoj Žižek.