GUARDIAN OF THE FRONTIER

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For their summer holidays, three students Alja, Žana and Simona, decide to take a canoe trip down the Kolpa river, the river which divides Slovenia from Croatia. They are unaware that they are being watched by the Guardian of the Frontier, a conservative local politician, the self-styled defender of traditional Slovenian values, who is quite possible prepared to kill those who transgress.

As the girls float deeper into the woods, cracks develop in the three girls’ relationship. Is there more than friendship between Alja and Žana? Does Simona harbour a secret sympathy for the Guardian and what he stands for?

With nowhere to turn, the three girls must decide: what is a border crossing and what is just an imaginary line?

CONTENT


For their summer holidays, three students Alja, Žana and Simona, decide to take a canoe trip down the Kolpa river, the river which divides Slovenia from Croatia. They are unaware that they are being watched by the Guardian of the Frontier, a conservative local politician, the self-styled defender of traditional Slovenian values, who is quite possible prepared to kill those who transgress.

As the girls float deeper into the woods, cracks develop in the three girls’ relationship. Is there more than friendship between Alja and Žana? Does Simona harbour a secret sympathy for the Guardian and what he stands for?

With nowhere to turn, the three girls must decide: what is a border crossing and what is just an imaginary line?

AUTHOR TEAM


Director MAJA WEISS
Produced by IDA WEISS
Screenwriters BROCK NORMAN BROCK, ZORAN HOČEVAR, MAJA WEISS
Director of Photography BOJAN KASTELIC
Editor PETER BRAATZ
Composer STEWART DUNLOP
Sound Designers HANNA PREUSS, HARRY RAG
Set designer PEPI SEKULIČ
Costume designer ZVONKA MAKUC
Mask designer ALJANA HAJDINJAK
Additional music by JULIAN’S TREATMENT, CHRIS & CARLA, PSYCHO-PATH, MISS.BEE, AFFINITY, INDUST BAG, ANUBIAN LIGHTS, BELFEGORE, ALDO IVANČIČ, VESELE STAJERKE and others Film director NATAŠA GORŠEK MENCIN

PLAYING


IVA KRAJNC (Simon)
PIA ZEMLJIČ (Žana)
TANJA POTOČNIK (Alja)
JONAS ŽNIDARŠIČ (Border Guard)
GORAZD ŽILAVEC (Medo)
ZVONIMIR TORJANAC (Croatian actor)
BORIS OSTAN (Igor)
VLADIMIR VLASKALIČ (Boy at the party)
GAŠPER JARNI (Boy at the party)

Maja Kranjc (Marika)
Gregor Zorc (Čiko)
Marjan Šarec (Edo)
Milada Kalezič (Alji’s Mother)
Igor Koršič (Aljin’s Father)
Semka Sokolović (Croatian Farmer)
Psycho-Path (Band)
Indust Bag (Band)

PRODUCTION


BELA FILM
in co-production with:
RTV SLOVENIA
TARIS FILM
in cooperation with:
ZDF DAS KLEINE FERNSEHSPIEL/ARTE
financial support:
RS FILM FUND

DIRECTOR ABOUT THE FILM


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR


PROJECT DEVELOPMENT


OFFICIAL WEBSITE AND SOCIAL NETWORKS


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AWARDS


– Manfred Salzgeber Award for the most inovative European film / Berlinale 2002
– Official nomination for Fassbinder Award / European Discovery – European Film Academy Awards 2002
– Levi Strauss Award for best First Feature film / San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2002
– Award for Best Director and Award for Best Young Actress Iva Krajnc / 5. Festival of Slovenian Film 2002
– Jury Award for Best First Feature film / Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2002

FESTIVALS


2002

  • 52nd Berlin International Film Festival (Germany), 6. – 17. 2. 2002 – in PANORAMA section / Manfred-Salzgeber Jury Prize
  • 24th International Woman Directors Film Festival (Creteil, France), 15. – 24. 3. 2002 – in competition
  • 5. Festival of Slovenian Film (Portorož, Slovenia), 4. – 6. 4. 2002 – in competition /Best Actress Award to Iva Krajnc (Festival Jury) and Best Director Award to Maja Weiss (Festival Jury)
  • Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (USA), 25. 4. – 5. 5. 2002 /Special Jury Award for First Time Feature Filmmaking
  • 18th Annual Boston Gay & Lesbian Film – Video Festival (USA), 2. – 19. 5. 2002
  • 9th Sochi International Film Festival (Russia), 3. – 13. 6. 2002 – in competition
  • The New Festival, New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (USA), 6. – 16. 6. 2002
  • 26th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (USA),13. – 30. 6. 2002 / $10,000 Levi’s First Feature Award
  • OUTFEST, 20th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (USA), 11. – 22. 7. 2002
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (USA), 11. – 22. 7. 2002
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic), 4. – 13. 7. 2002 – East of the West section
  • Reeling 2002: 21st Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival (USA), 25. 7. – 8. 8.2002
  • Sarajevo Film Festival (BiH), 16. – 24. 8. 2002 – Regional Program
  • Montreal World Film Festival (Canada), 22. 8. – 2. 9. 2002 – section “Cinema of Tomorrow: New Trends”
  • 21st Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada), 26. 9. – 11. 10. 2002
  • Pikes Peak Lavander Film Festival (Colorado Springs, USA), 5. – 8. 9. 2002
  • Montreal’s International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Canada), 19. – 29. 9. 2002
  • The Sixth Annual Portland LGBT Film Festival (USA), 19. – 29. 9. 2002
  • Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival (USA), 26. – 29. 9. 2002
  • ImageOut – The Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (USA), 4. – 12. 10. 2002
  • Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (USA), 3. – 13. 10. 2002
  • Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (USA), 18. – 24. 10. 2002
  • Washington DC’s 12th International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (USA), 17. -27. 10. 2002
  • 17th Umea International Film Festival (Sweden), 12. – 18. 9. 2002
  • 18th Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland), 3. – 14. 10. 2002 – in competiton
  • Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Germany), 13. – 15. 10. 2002
  • 17th Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Denmark), 18. – 27. 10. 2002
  • 9th Gueerfilm Bremen (Germany), 28. 10. – 3. 11. 2002
  • 8th MEDFILM Festival – Laboratory 2002 (Rome, Italy), 18. – 25. 11. 2002 – in competiton
  • Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 23. 11. – 8. 12. 2002 – non-competitive festival
  • The Barcelona International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Spain), 18. – 27. 10. 2002 – in competiton
  • 24th International Mediterranean Film Festival (Montpellier, France),25. 10. – 2. 11. 2002 – Special Events section
  • 4th International Film Festival Bratislava (Slovak Republic), 29. 11. – 7. 12. 2002 – European Film section
  • 3rd Mediterranean Film Festival Cologne (Germany), 6. – 15. 12. 2003
  • Verzaubert 2002 – 12th International Queer Film Festival (Munich-Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg,Germany), 20. 11. – 11. 12. 2002

 

2003

  • Spirit of Fire, International Debut Film Festival (Khanti-Mansiisk, Siberia, Russia), 26. 1. – 2. 2. 2003 – in competiton
  • Sydney Queer Film Festival (Australia), 12. – 23. 2. 2003
  • “SGUARDI ALTROVE” International Film Festival of Women Director (Milano, Italy), 26. 2. – 3. 3. 2003
  • Imaginaria International G&L Film Festival (Bologna, Italy), 27. 2. – 2. 3. 2003
  • Festival Internazionale Cinema delle Donne (Torino, Italy), 7. – 15. 3. 2003 – in competition
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia), 13. – 23. 3. 2003
  • Bradford Film Festival (UK), 14. – 29. 3. 2003
  • 27th Cleveland International Film Festival (USA), 20. – 30. 3. 2003
  • London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (UK), 2. – 16. 4. 2003
  • 10th Oldenburger Filmtage (Germany), 2. 4. – 6. 4. 2003
  • New Directors – New Films (New York, USA), 26. 3. – 6. 4. 2003
  • Inside Out G&L film festival (Toronto, Canada), 15. – 25. 5. 2003
  • Gay Film Festival of Freiburg (Germany), 1. – 7. 5. 2003
  • 17th Milano International Film Festival (Italy), 28. 5. – 3. 6. 2003
  • Reel Queer, Out Takes Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Wellington, New Zealand), 22. 5. – 8. 6. 2003
  • The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, USA), 1. – 2. 6. 2003
  • FESTROIA – International Film Festival of Setubal (Portugal), 6. – 15. 6. 2002
  • Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage – G&L (Freiburg, Germany), 19. – 22. 6. 2003
  • Dublin G&L Film Festival (Ireland), 31. 7. – 4. 8. 2003
  • Gwangju International Film Festival (Korea), 22. – 30. 8. 2003
  • Rio de Janeiro Film Festival (Brazil), september 2003
  • 3rd High Falls Film Festival (Washington, USA), 5. 11. – 9. 11. 2003
  • 7th International Canberra Film Festival (Australia), 30. 10. – 9. 11. 2003
  • Pula Film Festival (Croatia), 16. 7. – 25. 7. 2004
  • Mittelmeer Film Festival (Lucern, Swizerland), 21. 10. – 24. 10. 2004
  • Seattle – State of Art (USA), 19. 11. – 24. 11. 2004
  • Mezipatra gay Festival (Czech Republic), 5. 11. – 21. 11. 2004
  • International Forum of new Cinema (Calcutta, India), 10. 11. – 17. 11. 2004
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival (Linz, Austria), 26. 4. – 1. 5. 2005

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Duration: 100 min.
Format: 35mm, color, 1:1.85, 25fps
Sound: Dolby Digital
Language: Slovenian
Year of production: 2002

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