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Metod Pevec wraps up Let's Be Frank


- Slovenian filmmaker has finished principal photography on his sixth feature, about two brothers who represent a divided society

Metod Pevec wraps up Let's Be Frank
Janez Škof in Let's Be Frank (© Željko Stevanić)

Slovenian writer-director Metod Pevec has finished shooting his sixth feature, Let's Be Frank. Pevec is known for his multi-award winning Beneath Her Window (2003), acclaimed documentaries Home (2015) and Alexandrians (2011), and his most recent fiction effort Tango Abrazos, which won him the national Vesna Award for Best Director in 2012.

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Let's Be Frank tells the story of two brothers who are as dissimilar as if they both came from opposite ends of their divided Slovenian society. Frank is a barstool apostle, subscribing to atavistic remainders of communist ideas and socialist values. Brane, on the other hand, is focused on personal success and has adapted very successfully to the liberal capitalist circumstances. Once upon a time they played in the same band and loved the same woman. Had it not been for their father and an unusual heritage, they might have remained brothers; but instead they became entangled in a very typically Slovenian story.

"Metod Pevec is a director who has dedicated the majority of his filmmaking career to tackling the various pressing social issues that have characterised Slovenian reality ever since Slovenian emancipation," says producer Danijel Hočevar. "Among all of his films, the feature Let's Be Frank represents the most complex study of what has been happening in our country ever since the attainment of Slovenian independence."

The film was shot by one of Slovenia's best known cinematographers, Marko Brdar, and stars Janez Škof, Valter Dragan, Katarina Čas, Mojca Partljič, Silva Čušin, Mojca Ribič, Radko Polič, and Anja Novak.

Let's Be Frank is a co-production between Slovenia's Vertigo, Serbia's Backroom Productions, and Macedonia's Trice Films. It was supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, Film Center Serbia, and Eurimages.

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