Reconciliation (2014)

short feature film

writer and director: Janez Burger

This short film, which is about the phenomenon of killing, has had two very distinct yet mutually inclusive inspirations; Buňuel’s discreet bourgeoisie charm being the first, and the current political climate being the latter. The goal here is to unite the two elements into one whole.

Throughout the movie, ‘Buñuel’s heroes’ are seen preparing for lunch, but they never manage to finish the meal. Likewise, they are seen walking all the time but actually never reach anywhere in the end.

There is a similar situation in our political world right now. In this instance, the metaphor of choice, however, is ‘pulling all kinds of bodies out of the closet’. This expresses the increasingly harsh and intolerant conflicts and reflects on the general social climate. It is time to give a name to this absurdity by putting it in an art form so it may act as a catalyst for the radical winds of change and be overcome eventually.

In the film titled, ‘Reconciliation’, bodies from the closet are killing each over and over again, but they just cannot die. Through this ‘repeated non-death’ by killing, they get distorted and mutilated in a way that their identity cannot be determined anymore. Their fanaticism and determination for revenge grows to the stage of developing thirst for the last drop of blood and the an appetite for the last atom of strength. The loss of meaning in the occurring events feeds the fanaticism surrounding it all.


Dario Varga
Vlado Vlaškalič
Medea Novak
Luka Cimprič
Jan Cvitkovič
Zlatko Nikolič
Primož Meze
Jure Rebernik
Luka Lesar
Nejc Kok
Luka Kušar
Sašo Vrzel
Vili Olovec
Uroš Mestek 


Screenwriter: Janez Burger
Producer: Miha Černec
D.O.P.: Jure Černec
Editor: Miloš Kalusek
Costume Designer: Alan Hranitelj
Makeup Artist: Alenka Nahtigal
Sound designer: Robert Flanagan


Production Company: Staragara - Ljubljana
Co-funding: Slovenski filmski center, javna agencija RS
Technical support: FS Viba film Ljubljana


The feature film Ivan, directed by Janez Burger, received several Vesna awards at 20th jubilee edition of the Festival of Slovenian Film. Among other awards it was presented with the best feature and the jury explained its choice wiht the following words:"With Ivan Burger created a vertiginous danes of images and sound that take hold of the viewer already in the first scene and don't let go unitl the end. Such a film is a deeply moving comment of the state of mind in contemporary Slovenia, but not only that. Namely, his almost hypnostic oscillating between feelings of yearning and desperation is something we are all familiar with. one way or the other."
More about the awards.

After a successful Slovenian premiere, you can catch LIBERATION DAY in Slovenia in Kinodvor, Kolosej, Cineplexx, Slovenian Art Cinema Association.
Distribution starts on 23.03.2017
Liberation day Slovenian premiere


RIDERS, feature film by director Dominik Mencej was selected for RE-ACT co-development funding scheme


Italian premiere of the Liberation Day documentary will be at the Seeyousound International Music Film Festival in Torino - January 27th and regional screening at the Trieste Film Festival - January 22ndLiberation day film

Maruša Majer was with her leading role in Ivan (dir.:Janez Burger) selected for SHOOTING STARS!

“She gives a fearless, gritty and thoroughly soul-bearing quality to her work, that goes under both her and our skins – and refuses to let go. Maruša conveys a female animalism of a rarely seen strength.”
Shooting Stars Berlinale

Screening of short film
STAIRWAY (dir. Miroslav Mandić)
Monday, November 28, 2016
at 21:00 (Kinodvor, Ljubljana)


Word Premiere of Co-production film
LIBERATION DAY - Laibach in North Korea
at the most prestigious festival of documentary film
IDFA (AMSTERDAM), 19th of November 2016 at 19:30
The Premiere will follow live Laibach concert!
Laibach poster ang

Slovenian Premiere of Co-production film

      Life is a trumpet / Življenje je trobenta


      Wednesday, 14.09.2016 at 19:00

      (Main Hall Avditorij Portorož)

Life is a trumpet


Evening of short films, produced by Staragara

      KINOTEKA, Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana
      Petek, 27. maja 2016 ob 19:00

- Love on the top

- Little Princ

- Stairway

- Sistemske napake

- Reconciliation


Bolzano Film Festival Bozen 2016

At the 30th Bolzano Film festival Bozen the Focus Europe section will include 4 films produced by Staragara:

Jan Cvitkovič:
"Bread and Milk" (2011)
"Love on the top of the world" (short, 2015)
- screened on Thursday, 04/14/2016

Janez Burger:
"Idle Running"
(1999 )
"Reconciliation" (short, 2014)
- screened on Saturday, 16/04/2016


TFF 2016 - Trieste, January 30th, 2016

"LOVE ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD" awarded at Trieste Film Festival, Director: Jan Cvitkovič 

EFA nominations 2015


Trieste, January 26th, 2016

Amongs 6 selected project from RE-ACT also 2 co-production documentary films from Staragara:

- "Storks" production Antitalent (Hrvaška)

- "The Lost Dream Team", production Sekvenca (Hrvaška)


EFA 2015 - Berlin, November 7th, 2015

"DANCING WITH MARIA" nominated for prestigious European film award in the category of Documentary films, Director: Ivan Gergolet

Dancing with Maria


Ljubljana, September 9th, 2014

Short film "DRIVING SCHOOL" will be shown at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose, Director: Janez Burger



 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014
At the Venice Film Festival documentary "DANCING WITH MARIA" debut film about 90-year-old Argentine dancer Mary Fux


 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014 
At Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose short feature film "RECONCILIATION" will be shown, Director: Janez Burger


 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014
Documentary film "DANCING WITH MARIA" will be shown at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose, Director: Ivan Gergolet



 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014
Feature film "TREE" will be shown at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose, Director: Sonja Prosenc


Ljubljana, January 23rd, 2014

HUNDRED DOGS (Sto psov) available on web


Ljubljana, January 14th, 2014

Kinodvor will mark the 90th anniversary and pay tribute to Staragara's 10th anniversary by screening short films Sto psov (Hundred Dogs) by Jan Cvitkovič, KRIK (Scream) by Janez Burger and omnibus Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded which incorporated a short film I WAS A CHILD by Jan Cvitkovič.

Kinodvor, Ljubljana, 21st of January, 20:00


Venice, August 25th, 2013

Jan Cvitkovič invited to celebrate 70th anniversary of Venice International Film Festival.


Innsbruck, June 9th, 2012

ARCHEO awarded as best feature film at 21st IFFI, Austria!


Ljubljana, April 17th, 2012

ARCHEO on web

Check out more about the film, news and upcoming events on!


Ljubljana, April 5th, 2012

ARCHEO in Slovene in cinemas!

archeo, jan cvitkovič, staragara


Sofia, March 16th, 2012

World premiere of ARCHEO, film by Jan Cvitkovič will be held on Sofia International Film Festival.


Ljubljana, January 31st, 2012

ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE ALPS, short film by Janez Burger has in only two weeks on You Tube seen more then 14.000 people, while video with black Avseniki since it's upload in 2007 more then 76.000.

On the Sunny Side of the Alps


Ljubljana, January 25th, 2012

Film by Janez Burger is in cinema Kinodvor second most viewed film in Slovenia in 2011!


Ljubljana, January 2nd

A MAN AND HIS RAVEN, documentary by Sonja Prosenc is now in postproduction.


Ljubljana, December 9th

HUNDRED DOGS (LANDLINE), short film by Jan Cvitkovič is in postproduction.


Portorož, October 1st, 2011


Archeo won 3 prizes for best feature film, best direction, best cinematography.


Ljubljana, September 1st, 2011


Two best slovenian movies in the period from 1991 - 2011


Ljubljana, 25.01.2010


On Tuesday, November 16th will be at 9 p.m .at TV Slovenia premeire of documentary film TOTAL GAMBIT by director Jan Cvitkovič.