Slovenia, 2013, 112 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Teen
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Slovene English Sub-Titles
The academic year is nearly over for a tightly knit bunch of high school seniors. But the atmosphere in the classroom changes when their beloved homeroom teacher Nusa, goes on maternity leave and is replaced by German authoritarian Robert.
While Nusa was keyed in to the students’ lives and personalities, Robert displays no such sensitivity. Thus he ignores the feelings of the grieving Luka, whose mother recently died, and of shy pianist Sabina, who is hypersensitive to criticism. When Robert delivers some scathing remarks to Sabina and she hangs herself shortly afterward without leaving a note, the tragedy sparks a student rebellion.
As a colossal battle of wills unfolds at the high school, first-time director Rok Bicek demonstrates an impressive control of tension and suspense, making each encounter between class and instructor crackle with the possibility of violence.
Winner: Critics Week, Venice Film Festival
Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Actor(s), Cinematographer
DIRECTOR: Rok Bicek
Producer: Janez Lapajne, Aiken Veronika Prosencz
Editor: Janez Lapajne, Rok Bicek
Screenwriter: Nejc Gazvoda, Janez Lapajne, Rok Bicek
Cinematographer: Fabio Stoll
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Principal Cast: Igor Samobor, Nataša Barbara Gracner, Tjaša Železnik, Maša Derganc, Robert Prebil, Voranc Boh, Jan Zupancic, Daša Cupevski
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Triglav Film
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