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Oroslan

Matjaž Ivanišin
When a man named Oroslan dies, news of his death spreads quickly around a small village. Actions caused by grief turn into words, and words turn into stories. This is the first feature film by documentary filmmaker Matjaž Ivanišin, whose style is characterised by experiments with voids and narrative dissonance. Based on a short story about the quiet death of an inconspicuous man, this film is shot on 16 mm in collaboration with the residents of a Hungarian village. It is a tribute to cinema as a memory machine that is able to preserve the stories and legends of those who are no longer with us. Softly experimenting with various narrative forms and stringing together documentary details and real memories along a thread of artistic storytelling, Oroslan surpasses the rest of the programme in demonstrating one of its central leitmotifs – the complex interpenetration of the fictional and the documentary.

Born in Maribor in 1981. In 2000, he entered the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana to study film and TV directing. He received the France Brenk award for his debut feature-length documentary Karpotrotter (2013). Ivanišin’s second feature-length documentary, Playing Men (2017), was selected for the Entrevues Belfort festival, where it won the Ciné+ Distribution Support Award. His first fiction feature film premiered in the Cineasti del presente competition at the Locarno Film Festival.

Born in Maribor in 1981. In 2000, he entered the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana to study film and TV directing. He received the France Brenk award for his debut feature-length documentary Karpotrotter (2013). Ivanišin’s second feature-length documentary, Playing Men (2017), was selected for the Entrevues Belfort festival, where it won the Ciné+ Distribution Support Award. His first fiction feature film premiered in the Cineasti del presente competition at the Locarno Film Festival.

Year of production:
2019
Country:
Slovenia, Czech Republic
Length:
72'
Language:
Slovenian
Subs:
Russian
Director:
Matjaž Ivanišin
Script:
Matjaž Ivanišin
Producers:
Miha Černec, Jordi Niubó
Cinematography:
Gregor Božič
Music:
Branko Rožman, Ivan Antić
Cast:
Margit Gyecsek, Dejan Spasić, Milivoj Miki Roš
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