Feature film
Written and directed by: Jan Cvitkovič

Archeo is a travelling of three people and one planet. A travelling towards each other, a travelling into the core of things. Archeo is a prayer.

Film is today for the most part simply a derivate of literature. In other words – authors (of so-termed artistic film as well) most often use motion pictures merely as visual support for various literary types. I myself pushed through this phase and ultimately found that film has more to offer.
The product of this realization is the concept for the feature film ARCHEO.
I realized already while making my most recent feature film ‘Gravehopping’ that rational thinking actually prevents one from discovering the essence of a film. Building a story in advance, that is writing the screenplay in the classical sense of the term, is actually only the rational production of some sort of construct, which most people tend to need so as to attain a feeling of security. And the need for a sense of security is aroused in response to thousands of years of development; it is practically rooted into the genetic makeup of modern mankind. Its predictable nature ensures various forms of comfort, and in extreme cases even pure delight or catharsis.
There is nothing wrong with this of course, only that I myself have grown weary of this and am no longer intrigued by it. What does intrigue me, however, is the destruction of the wall dividing the conscious and unconscious mind. The breakthrough beyond the threshold of consciousness. It is proven that the human subconscious preserves everything it has ever experienced. Some believe (as do I) that the entire experience of everything is preserved in the unconscious mind, and that thus the unconscious is in some manner an expression of the universe. It follows that the subconscious thus represents a potential link to the essence of it all, or with God. And it is precisely this sense of being near to the essence that intrigues me in art.
Hence I began to build a film in a different way. It will be composed of seemingly entirely disconnected scenes, which then link together. A Man and a Woman will appear in these scenes, and occasionally also a Boy (not theirs). All scenes are based on impressions from my subconscious. Sometimes, under certain conditions (when drowsy, hypnotized, almost in rapture while traveling by airplane, train, etc.), a scene – one of great internal power - appears before my eyes. Sometimes I write it down on a piece of paper, or I enter it into my cell phone, somewhere, anywhere. Sometimes I forget it.
What all of these scenes have in common is that they are exceptionally elementary. This means that they have been cleansed of all unnecessary rational amassment. The scenes do not exist with any particular underlying reasoning, or moral message or anything of the sort. Rather, they just are. They are as they are and they are beset with an exceptionally potent atmosphere. When I speak of atmosphere, I am actually referring to emotive energy. So, I am waiting for the scenes. And I intend to wait for them all and write them all down all to the very onset of the makings of the film.
Experience has taught me – including that from my most recent film, which was in part also made this way – the scenes will ultimately tie together into an intelligent whole.
Making this film will also set me to trial on my travel to the essence of the medium of film and the termination of traditional attachment of film to literary and other earlier forms and branches of art.

I believe this is the only way I can indeed make a real, pure film.

Jan Cvitkovič

woman: Medea Novak
man: Niko Novak
boy: Tommaso Finzi

writer and director: Jan Cvitkovič
director of photography: Jure Černec
editor: Miloš Martin Kalusek
scenography: Niko Novak, Vasja Kokelj
music: Damir Avdić
make-up artist: Lucie Liškova
sound designers: Boštjan Kačičnik, Rob Flanagan
costume designer: Beti Njari
producer: Jožko Rutar
executive producer: Miha Černec
co-producers: Igor Prinčič, Andras Muhi

productionion: Staragara
co-oproduktions: Transmedia, Inforg Studio, TV Slovenija

format: 35 mm; 1:1,85; 25 fps
in colours
sound: Dolby SRD

FSF 2011, 1.10.2011, 18:30, Portorož, Slovenia


  • FSF 2011, Portorož, Slovenia: Vesnas for best film, best direction (Jan Cvitkovič), best photography (Jure Černec)
  • IFFI 2012, Innsbruck, Austria:  The Award of the Province of Tyrol, the best international feature film


Mitja Ličen


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

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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.