Vlado Škafar: Children
Film, 100 min, 2009
Friday, 18 March 2016 at 7 p.m.
Škafar's body of films thus far undoubtedly constitutes the most original achievement of Slovenian cinema in the last decade. His films are largely considered as poetic and intimate, yet they consistently, often perilously, question the very foundations of his own creation and of the film form itself (revealing the author's obviously deep knowledge of the history of cinema, although that is never explicitly foregrounded). In this aspect, Škafar's work is radically different from the bulk of contemporary Slovenian cinema, where the question of form is usually determined and resolved in advance, whether in the form of a hackneyed genre straitjacket or of postmodern permissiveness, eclecticism and frivolous experiments. Letter to a Child is one of the highlights of this body of films, where the most universally human, captured through the patient documenting of everyday experiences and thoughts, merges in with the final and the irrevocable, with life and death, as well as with cinema itself.
Director: Vlado Škafar
Screenwriter: Vlado Škafar
D.O.P.: Aleš Belak
Editor: Vlado Škafar
Sound designer: Julij Zornik
Producer: Petra Vidmar
Co-producer: Frenk Celarc
Production Company: Gustav Film - Ljubljana
Co-production Company: 100
Co-funding: Filmski sklad Republike Slovenije, Gustav Film - Ljubljana
Film format: digital betacam
Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana
Selected by Nil Baskar and Jurij Meden (in collaboration with Slovenska kinoteka)
19–20 February and 1–14 March 2016; exact dates to be published in the Kinotečnik program and at www.mg-lj.si.
Ljubljana the Beloved, Matjaž Klopčič, 2005; Letter to a Child, Vlado Škafar, 2009; Let's Go Our Own Way, Miha Hočevar, 2010; In the Land of Bears, Nika Autor, 2012; Class Enemy, Rok Biček, 2013; Karpotrotter, Matjaž Ivanišin, 2013; Boles, Špela Čadež, 2013; Lunch on the Grass, Viktor & Daria Radić, 2013; Wagon Wheel, Davorin Marc, 2013