7 May 18:00

Dr. Svetlana Slapšak: Beyond Reality: Magic Beings

The Balkans abound in cults, magic and spirits of all kinds. The vampire and werewolf, actually one and the same creature characterised by the taboo of its name, is certainly the most representative example. Fairies, witches, semi-demonic mortals such as zduhać, Bosnian-Montenegrin-Albanian fighter with natural elements, water creatures, the ajdje ogres, dwarfs, tree protectors, magical animals, plants with the ability to change living beings, cursed spaces, jinxed objects, rituals, it all left behind a rich legacy, a treasure trove of art and popular culture motifs. On the other hand, it is precisely this treasury that fuels stereotypes, which in turn give rise to the misunderstanding of the Balkan reality and the false picture of the imaginary Balkans as a dark, dangerous and mysterious place. Magic beings enjoyed the greatest international visibility: apart from the widely known Dracula, Hollywood culture is also familiar with vamp, an abbreviation of vampire, and exclusive to female specimens. Film and comics are ideal mediums for conveying this strand of the Balkan culture. 
 

Dr. Svetlana Slapšak: Beyond Reality: Magic Beings

7 May 18:00
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9 Apr 18:00

Dr. Svetlana Slapšak: Women of the Balkans: Heroines, Saints, Witches, the Culture of Daily Life

Series of lectures Balkan Stories

Women played a leading role in keeping alive the tradition of oral literature – including folk epics. From antiquity to the present day women's lamentations have constituted the only proven continuity in the Balkan culture, which opens up a wide field of gender ratio in the patriarchate, societal attitude towards death, birth and fertility... Women, often censored in church texts, forgotten in national literature, omitted from chronicles and historiography, are found behind the scenes, in the complexity of historical events, in the covert diplomacy and different politics, and above all in everyday life, in the customs and knowledge delegated to women. In exploring the female world relegated to the fringes of patriarchal society, historical anthropology reveals exceptional prerogatives, knowledge and competence of women in culture and art, traditional medicine, education, cults and social rules. What are the traces of the female world in culture?

Dr. Svetlana Slapšak: Women of the Balkans: Heroines, Saints, Witches, the Culture of Daily Life

9 Apr 18:00
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28 Mar 18:00

Dr. Svetlana Slapšak: Rulers, Warriors, Saints, Battles

Series of lectures Balkan Stories

The basis of Balkan narratives – here, we are referring to literature, oral literature, theatre, opera, film and comics – are mostly male-dominated heroic stories. Roman emperors born in the Balkans, Byzantine, Turkish rulers, and then warriors, rebels, kings, hayduks, knights, saints-adventurers, and famous battles. The first issue to be resolved, of course, is defining the region’s components, i.e. its borders, in geographical terms. Only after we have defined the area, the battles acquire meaning. Many such stories are "translations" of historical characters and events into national myths. However, many express completely different ethical, political, social and cultural ideals. The paper includes both the former – Alexander the Great, Constantine, Marko Kraljević, Skenderbeg, Njegoš, Karadjordje, and the latter – Cyril and Methodius, Stefan Lazarević, Rigas Feraios, Vuk Karadžić...
 

Dr. Svetlana Slapšak: Rulers, Warriors, Saints, Battles

28 Mar 18:00
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29 Feb 18:00

Perfect Days

Directed by: Wim Wenders
Country, year: Japan, Germany, 2023, 123'

Screenplay: Takuma Takasaki, Wim Wenders
Cinematography: Franz Lustig
Cast: Koji Yakusho (Hirayama), Tokio Emoto (Takashi), Arisa Nakano (Niko), Aoi Yamada (Aya), Yumi Aso (Keiko), Sayuri Ishikawa (Mama), Tomokazu Miura (Tomoyama), Min Tanaka (brezdomec)
Producent: Master Mind Ltd.& Spoon Inc. & Wenders Images
reiko.kunieda@dentsu.co.jp
Subtitles: Slovenian
Language: Japanese, English


A deeply moving and poetic reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us. Best Actor Award at Cannes 2023.

Hirayama is a middle-aged man employed as a toilet cleaner, who drives around serenely from job to job in his van, listening to music. At each location, he changes into a jumpsuit and matter-of-factly gets on with the job in hand with his brushes and mop. On his lunch-hour he reads and takes photos of trees and smiles acceptingly at everything that presents itself to his senses. But who is Hirayama? A series of unexpected encounters gradually reveal more of his past.

Repetition as such, if you live it as repetition, you become the victim of it. If you manage to live it in the moment, as if you've never done it before, it becomes a whole different thing. Crafts in Japan have a whole different tradition and are still lived in a different way than crafts in our Western culture, in which crafts are disappearing rapidly, dramatically. It's really a shame.
Wim Wenders

Perfect Days

29 Feb 18:00
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22 Apr 19:00

SLG Celje: (Assault) Juriš

Based on the life and work of Karel Destovnik – Kajuh

Obveščamo vas, da je gostovanje SLG Celje s predstavo Juriš (prvotno napovedano v ponedeljek, 15. aprila 2024) prestavljeno na ponedeljek, 22. aprila, ob 19. uri.
Kupljene vstopnice veljajo za novi termin. 

Če se dogodka ne morete udeležiti, je mogoče vstopnice zamenjati do vključno 18. aprila 2024. Več informacij na: vstopnice@cd-cc.si. Zahvaljujemo se vam za razumevanje. 
 

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In Slovenia of today, the Partisan movement is nothing but a bone of contention, the sweet and sour recent past of the nation. This is why the creators of the production aim to explore a bygone, forever young generation, being a generation that was compelled to take radical decisions. In so doing they transformed consciously from naive youth into a voice of resistance, a propagandist, a rabid dog.
What does an artist’s voice change into in the maelstrom of war? What is the meaning of his (young) life? What can we discern when we hear the bygone dreams of the future that has already been blown up  by the wind?

»Dogodke v predstavi sopostavljamo, spremljamo zgodbi dveh fantov, Kajuha in neimenovanega Mladeniča, ki poskušata najti svojo pot, s katero ne bi izdala samih sebe, v vrtincu vojne. Meče ju naokoli, zaljubljata se, trpita, zapuščata družino in jo pogrešata, se sprašujeta, ali bo njuna družina po vojni sploh še obstajala. Rekonstruirati dogodke na gledališkem odru je nemogoče, četudi predpostavljamo, da je rekonstrukcija tako obširnih dogodkov sploh mogoča. Hkrati je rekonstrukcija tudi nepotrebna, njena posledica je le fascinacija, s katero pa ničesar ne dosežemo. Uprizarjati je mogoče le fragmente, utrinke presečnih tirnic življenj. Zgodbi je treba v te fragmente razsekati (če kje še nista razsekani), pričevanja pomešati, iz njih ustvariti polifonijo glasov, ki odmevajo iz preteklosti, fragmente pa potem montirati, razdeliti na poglavja in stalno opozarjati, da gre za zgodbi. Da so tako rekli ljudje, ki jih povečini ni več med nami. Da gre za zgodbi, ki sta resnični, ki sta se resnično zgodili nedaleč od tod, za kruti in nesrečni zgodbi, a kljub temu za zgodbi, ki sta že minili, za njima pa ostajajo le rane. Grozo je treba naseliti iz zgodb v gledalca, a z mislijo, da je treba to grozo preprečiti – sicer nasvidenje v naslednji vojni.«

Nik Žnidaršič, Karli, Korlek, Kajuh, odlomek iz gledališkega lista

 

»Tekst bi se lahko tu začel tudi na novo – ob zapuščini prezgodaj umrlega pesnika in osupljivem literarnozgodovinskem korpusu, ki je o njem nastal (predvsem po zaslugi avtorjev, kot so Emil Cesar, Vlado Vrbič, Matjaž Kmecl, Miklavž Komelj in Denis Poniž, ki so se jim v zadnjem času pridružili Dušan M. Pirc, Marijan Rupert idr.), se predstava ob (skoraj) stoletnici Kajuhovega rojstva na prav poseben način vpenja v prav tako zavidljivo tradicijo umetnostnih del, ki jih je navdahnil šoštanjski proletarski pesnik. V nekem smislu je prav ta predstava, ki Kajuhovo edinstveno sintezo silnic svojega časa ustvarjalno bliža nekaterim najdrznejšim formalnim izrazom aktualne dramatike, tisti manjkajoči aspekt, umetnostna intervencija, ki odpira prostor demokratične in estetske domišljije, kakršne sem si želel, ko sem dolgo tega prvič in zadnjič prisedel k dijaškemu literarnemu društvu.«

doc. dr. Andraž Jež, Na kratko o Kajuhu, odlomek iz gledališkega lista

Avtorski projekt Juriš po motivih življenja in dela Karla Destovnika - Kajuha v režiji Žive Bizovičar in produkciji Slovenskega ljudskega gledališča Celje je bil uvrščen v tekmovalni program 54. Tedna slovenske drame in tekmovalni program 59. Borštnikovega srečanja.

SLG Celje: (Assault) Juriš

22 Apr 19:00
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Authors of the concept: Živa Bizovičar, Nik Žnidaršič
Director: Živa Bizovičar
Dramaturg: Nik Žnidaršič
Set designer: Nika Curk
Costume designer: Nina Čehovin 
Composer: Luka Ipavec
Lighting designer: Bor Ravbar

Language consultant: Živa Čebulj
Accent consultants from the Cerknica area: Ljoba Jenče, Ana Ule
Prompter: Simona Krošl

Cast: Jagoda, Damjan M. Trbovc, Lovro Zafred, Mojka Končar, as guest, Miranda Trnjanin, as guest, Mario Dragojević, as guest

Production: Slovensko ljudsko gledališče Celje

20 Feb 2024 19:30

The Taste of Things (La passion de Dodin Bouffant)

Directed by: Tran Anh Hung
Country, year: France, 2023. 135'

Screenplay: Tran Anh Hung
Cinematography: Jonathan Ricquebourg
Cast: Juliette Binoche (Eugénie), Benoit Magimel (Dodin), Emmanuel Salinger (Rabaz), Patrick D'Assumçao (Grimaud), Galatea Bellugi (Violette), Jan Hammenecker (Magot), Frédéric Fisbach (Beaubois), Bonnie Chagneau-Ravoire (Pauline), Jean-Marc Roulot (Augustin), Yannik Landrein (Paulinin oče), Sarah Adler (Paulinina mati)
Producent: Curiosa Films & Gaumont & France 2 Cinéma & Umedia
Subtitles: Slovenian
Language: French

A film in which culinary art and gastronomy are the driving force behind the narrative, as well as the characters' means of expressing mutual affection and love.

1885. Peerless cook Eugenie has worked for the famous gourmet Dodin for the last twenty years. As time went by, the practice of gastronomy and mutual admiration turned into a romantic relationship. Their association gives rise to dishes, one more delicious than the next, that confound even the world's most illustrious chefs. But Eugenie is fond of her freedom and has never wanted to marry Dodin. So, the would-be husband decides to do something for Eugenie he has never done before...

Brillat-Savarin was the first to write a book about the philosophy of gastronomy. A marvelous book you absolutely must read. It inspired much of my film. We learn how at a given moment
in time, France put order into gastronomy. It was the French who decided that a dish should be prepared in one way and not another. It was the French who decided how to set a table, what silverware and which glasses to use with each dish. And it was the French who advocated marrying flavors by complementing this dish with this or that wine. /.../ It is no coincidence that French gastronomy remains the top-ranked in the world.
Anh Hung Tran

About director
Born in 1962 in Seno, ex-Kingdom of Laos. In 1975, he immigrated to France with his family, where he attended film school. His award-winning films earned him widespread reputation. His directorial debut, The Scent of Green Papaya, won Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Cesar Award for Best First Film. His second film, Cyclo, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The Taste of Things (La passion de Dodin Bouffant)

20 Feb 2024 19:30
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29 Feb 18:00

Poor Things

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Country, year: UK, Ireland, USA, 2023, 141'

Screenplay: Tony McNamara, Alasdair Gray (novel/roman)
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Music: Jerskin Fendrix
Cast: Emma Stone (Bella Baxter), Willem Dafoe (Dr. Godwin Baxter), Mark Ruffalo (Duncan Wedderburn), Vicki Pepperdine (Mrs. Prim), Ramy Youssef (Max McCandles), Jack Barton, Charlie Hiscock, Attila Dobai, Emma Hindle, Anders Olof Grundberg
Producent: Element Pictures & Film4 & Searchlight Pictures
Subtitles: Slovenian
Language: English
 

The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Golden Lion at Venice 2023.

A young woman, Bella, is brought back to life by her guardian, Dr. Godwin Baxter, a disfigured scientist conducting experiments on living beings, both animals and humans, in his luxurious villa. Initially na?ve, Bella is eager to learn about the world around her, albeit under Baxter's protection. Wanting to see more, she runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, and travels across continents. Thus, Bella embarks on a formative journey into the injustices and biases of the modern world. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella demands equality and liberation.

Dealing with issues of patriarchy, ownership and feminism, as well as philosophical debates about human nature, not to mention the thorny issue of prostitution and sexual freedom, this is a fascinating and entertaining ride. Together, Lanthimos and his team of players and crew have conjured up a delight that - like its protagonist - is eccentric, smart, a little dark, lovely to look at and charming as hell.
Jo-Ann Titmarsh, London Evening Standard

About director
Born in 1973 in Athens, Lanthimos studied film and TV direction at the Stavrakos Film School in Athens. Since 1995 he has been involved in filmmaking as well as in direction of theatre productions and TV commercials. He gained international prominence by developing his own absurdist and allegorical style of storytelling in Kinetta, Dogtooth and Alps. The Lobster was his first English-speaking film.
 

Poor Things

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24 Feb 19:00

A Brighter Tomorrow (Il sol dell'avvenire)

Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Italy, France, 2023, 95'

Screenplay: Francesca Marciano, Nanni Moretti, Federica Pontremoli, Valia Santella
Cinematography: Michele D'Attanasio
Music: Franco Piersanti
Cast: Nanni Moretti (Giovanni), Margherita Buy (Paola), Silvio Orlando (Ennio), Barbora Bobulova (Vera), Mathieu Amalric (Pierre Cambou), Valentina Romani (Emma), Flavio Furno (Edoardo), Zsolt Anger, Jerzy Stuhr, Teco Celio, Giuseppe Scoditti
Producent: Fandango & Sacher film & Le Pacte
Subtitles: Slovenian
Language: Italian
 

Often starring in his own movies, Nanni Moretti once again plays a fictional version of himself - a film director struggling to shoot his passion project.

Giovanni, a renowned Italian filmmaker, is getting ready to start shooting his new movie, a feature film set in 1956, about a Hungarian travelling circus invited to Rome by a local office of the Italian Communist Party. The project is compromised since the very outset, as Giovanni is facing a series of critical issues. The project does not seem to arouse much enthusiasm among his crew, his producer is on the verge of bankruptcy and his wife decides to leave him after forty years of marriage. Always a tightrope walker, Giovanni will have to rethink his way of doing things if he wants to lead his little world towards a radiant future.

 

 

Giovanni is shooting a film whose action takes place in 1956, at the time of the Soviet invasion of Hungary. He firmly believes in the project: he is convinced that it is necessary to tell the story of the Italian Communist Party of the time and the way in which it missed the opportunity to break away from the Soviet Union, to finally take an independent path. But today no one remembers these events, the world has changed and the way of making films too. While Giovanni is convinced to make a political film, his actress thinks the contrary: according to her, Giovanni is shooting a love film and doesn't realize it. And she might be right
Nanni Moretti

A Brighter Tomorrow (Il sol dell'avvenire)

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8 Feb 2024 18:00

Green Border (Zielona granica)

Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Poland, Czech Rep., Germany, France, Belgium, 2023, 147'

Screenplay: Agnieszka Holland, Gabriela Lazarkiewicz-Sieczko, Maciej Pisuk
Cinematography: Tomasz Naumiuk
Music: Frédéric Vercheval
Cast: Jalal Altawil (Bašir), Maja Ostaszewska (Julia), Behi Djanati Atai (Leila), Mohamad Al Rashi (dedek), Dalia Naous (Amina), Tomasz Włosok (Jan), Jan Aleksandrowicz-Krasko, Agata Kulesza, Joely Mbundu, Jasmina Polak
Producent: Metro Films & Marlene Film Production & Blick Productions & Beluga Tree & Astute Films & Downey Ink. & dFlights sp. z o.o. & Saudade Film
Subtitles: Slovenian
Language: Polish, Arabic, English, French

Agnieszka Holland's new feature opens our eyes, urging us to reflect on the humanitarian crisis still unfolding on Europe's doorstep.

In the treacherous and swampy forests that make up the so called "green border" between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach the European Union are trapped in a geopolitical crisis cynically engineered by Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. In an attempt to provoke Europe, refugees are lured to the border by propaganda promising easy passage to the EU. Pawns in this hidden war, the lives of Julia, a newly minted activist who has given up her comfortable life, Jan, a young border guard, and a Syrian family intertwine.

We live in a world where it takes great imagination and courage to face all the challenges of modern times. The social media revolution and artificial intelligence have made it increasingly difficult for genuine voices to be heard. In my opinion, there is no point in engaging in art if one doesn't fight for that voice, if one doesn't fight to ask questions about important, painful, sometimes unsolvable issues that put us before dramatic choices. This is exactly the situation that's happening on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Agnieszka Holland

About director
Born in 1948 in Warsaw, Poland. As a student, Holland was arrested for political activism. graduated from FAMU in Prague film (1971). Holland began her film career working with Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her first feature film was Provincial Actors, the winner of the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Her Angry Harvest, Europa Europa and In Darkness were nominated for Academy Awards. In 2020, she was elected President of the European Film Academy.
 

Green Border (Zielona granica)

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19 Jan 2024 17:00

Museum of the Revolution (Muzej revolucije)

Network of Festivals in the Adriatic Region - Winter Edition 2024
Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, 2021, 91'
Directed by: Srdjan Keča

Cinematographer: Srdjan Keča 
Editing: Hrvoslava Brkušić, Srdjan Keča 
Music: Hrvoje Nikšić 
Production: Restart, Uzrok, Nutprodukce 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film crew. 


Museum of the Revolution was a plan launched in the early sixties by the Yugoslav authorities to build a grand museum in Belgrade. Vjenčeslav Richter, Yugoslavia’s most avant-garde and acclaimed architect, was commissioned to design this prestigious project with the aim of "safeguarding the truth about the national liberation struggle". Richter designed an imposing building, but the party enthusiasm apparently soon dwindled as the plan never got beyond the construction of the basement level. Now, more than 60 years later, offering refuge to social outcasts, this derelict building tells a very different story from the one envisioned at the onset. Among the structure’s community of unhoused people, Srdjan Keča singles out a Roma woman and her son, struggling to get by while maintaining dignity. A sense of dignity is partly created through the friendship they establish with an equally impoverished and marginalised old woman. Keča's Museum of the Revolution mainly tells the story of downfall, both the collapse of the country formerly known as Yugoslavia and its ideology and, more importantly, the collapse of a society incapable of providing for its weakest and most vulnerable members.

 

Inside this space, which is an abandoned utopian project, we tried to establish a protected world of childhood with the old lady and the little girl and the games they played, and then to see how it eroded over time in the film. What then came into play was this structure of starts and stops, of dreams that go nowhere, which is paralleled between the lives of the protagonists and the museum itself. The museum is an unfinished dream that, to me, stands for the unrealised projects and dreams that are specific to the Yugoslav space, but it also reflects the precarious lives of the film’s protagonists.
Srdjan Keča

Museum of the Revolution (Muzej revolucije)

19 Jan 2024 17:00
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