The Slovenia Times




The first week of May saw the hosting of the third Politically Incorrect Film Festival, also known as Pi-ff, in various venues across Ljubljana. It presented 35 films from 19 different countries. It is a non-profit event that screened films focusing on political and social problems from alternative, rather sidelined perspectives. The organizers' aim was to present films about real events within a socio-political context, to open up communication between social, political, humanitarian and artistic spheres, thus creating a social space where preconceptions could be reconsidered in a politically independent manner. One of the main reasons for the festival was to bring films to Slovenian cinemas that otherwise wouldn't be seen here. As such, almost all the films presented at the festival enjoyed their first showing in the country. Most of the films screened are quite recent, having been produced within the last two years, and it was hoped that they would cause us to question some of our, perhaps skewed, political and social ideas. Since the festival placed emphasis on the content of the films, it was open to a wide range of cinematic expression, regardless of form and aesthetics. The festival tries each year to highlight fresh viewpoints and this year's emphasis was on migration and globalisation; at least two of the documentaries focussed on global economic problems that have provoked a widespread response: The Take and Decent Factory. Another Accolade for (A)torzija (A)torsion, a short film by Stefan Arsenijevic, has received another accolade, its 13th to date. This time it was the jury's award at the Saint Benoit Film Festival (since 1997). (A)torsion continues to successfully cycle through film festivals around the world and is in its third year on the festival circuit. It is also the first Slovenian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar. Let's go Cannes The Slovenian Film Fund and Ljubljana Film Festival LIFFe are set to take on the Cannes Film Festival, by not only presenting finished films, but scripts and films in progress as well. The Slovenian Film Fund will present three Slovenian projects at the festival: Jan Cvitkovic's black comedy, Odgrobadogroba (From Grave to Grave), Igor Sterk's Tuning and the Slovenian-Bosnian-French-Italian co-production Dobro uglaseni mrveci (Well Tuned Dead Men). The film fund was recently accepted as a member of the European Film Promotion group (EFP) and is currently involved with the Producers on the Move project, which aims to promote new talent and help producers link up with investors looking for opportunities to invest in the industry.


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