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The "Independent" Film



Babica gre na Jug (Grandma Goes South) (1991)

This is the first feature movie to be released in independent Slovenia. The story talks about an old lady getting a second lease of life. The story and dialogues may not be the most convincing, but director Vinci Vogue Anžlovar made a decent effort of it.

Halgato (1994)

This fascinating tale of the life of gypsies and their everyday struggles was directed by Andrej Mlakar, while the story was crafted by legendary Slovene writer Feri Lajnšček. The realistic depictions of the life of gypsies and their dilemmas has influenced many future Slovene movies and has had a profound effect on the way Slovenians view their Romani "neighbours".

Ekspres ekspres (Gone with the Train) (1996)

Yet another legendary Slovenian movie by director Igor Šterk, which deservedly won seven international movie awards. Stories about reserved, shy and sort of asocial individuals are traditional in Slovene culture and this one is extremely convincing as well.

Outsider (1997)

The film takes place in the early1980s in the former Yugoslavia. It is concerned with the punk movement and the role of a young Bosnian (also a punk rocker) in Slovenian society. The movie, directed by Andrej Košak, won the Cairo International Film Festival award for best actor and it remains one of the most popular Slovene movies to this day.

Socializacija Bika (Socialisation of a Bull) (1998)

This is the first feature cartoon in Slovenia. The story shows an alien (turned into a bull) who comes to Earth and is used in experiments. Zvonko Čoh and Milan Erič took more than a decade to finish this project, as the entire cartoon consists of drawings done by hand, so this should indeed be considered as a monumental achievement and a real work of art.

V leru (Idle Running) (1999)

The movie by Janez Burger shows the life of students living in a dorm. One is lazy, while his roommate is more studious and also has a pregnant girlfriend. The movie is full of funny characters and realistic dialogue and it certainly comes as no surprise that it has taken home many prestigious awards.

Kruh in mleko (Bread and Milk) (2001)

Kruh in mleko is a bitter-sweet tale of loneliness, estrangement and the glowing embers of love, where there once used to be a fire. A compelling story of an alcoholic fighting his inner demons was directed by the up and coming director Jan Cvitkovič, who again won many awards for his extremely well done work.

Kajmak in marmelada (Cheese and Jam) (2003)

Kajmak in marmelada is a movie directed by internationally acclaimed actor/director Branko Đurić. It is about the ups and downs in the relationship of a Bosnian immigrant named Božo and a Slovenian woman Špela, whose father is strongly opposed to her relationship with the Bosnian. The movie was very popular, as its simplistic and honest style appealed to audiences, but failed to impress critics.

Odgrobadogroba (Gravehopping) (2006)

This is a witty satire about a funeral speaker in a small Slovenian town who can't help turning his eulogies into witty personal confessions that bring the grieving crowd to tears for all the wrong reasons. The movie was directed by Jan Cvitkovič and won a number of national and international awards. It was also the Slovene choice for an Oscar, but it wasn't nominated.

Petelinji zajtrk (Rooster's Breakfast) (2007)

Petelinji zajtrk is a Slovenian romantic comedy released in 2007. It is an adaptation of a less known novel of the same name by Feri Lainšček. The movie is the most acclaimed and most successful Slovenian movie of all times, bringing in more than 200 thousand viewers to the cinema. The love story between a woman, married to a bad guy, and a young man coming to the countryside to work as a mechanic, won the sympathies of crowds all over Slovenia. Croatian pop Diva Severina, who has appeared in the movie certainly contributed to the success as well.

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