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CIRCUS FANTASTICUS

When the deafening rattle of war dies away, Stevo, scared, running around the field where traces of warfare can be seen and where his house, badly damaged, stands. He is left alone with his daughter and son, as his wife has been hit by one of the grenades. When it seems that the worst is over, a terrible rumble can be heard from a distance, drawing closer to the house.

Director’s note

When I was born in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia it seemed that the dark forces of evil had been defeated during the Second World War and we were going to live in brotherhood, unity and peace till the end of our days. What is left from all this are beautiful childhood memories. When we think about how humanity has lived for the past few thousand years, we don’t get impression that it lived in peace which was occasionally broken by wars. It lived in war with occasional cease fires. To see whether that this is still the case, we only need to switch on the television. War changes its form, but that does not mean that it is not the integral part of human nature and as such a part of the environment in which we live. I would be an illusion to think that this fact will change considerably in the next few centuries. Circus Fantasticus is a film which tackles the question of how to survive in such an environment. It is set in a war-zone which is not linked to any space or time. It could be happening a hundred years ago or three thousand years from now. People don't speak in this film, but that also does not mean that it's a silent film. Words are meaningless in war. If they had any power, there would be no wars. Circus Fantasticus is a film of feelings, atmosphere, sensibility, surreality. A film which is about that cannot be expressed with words.

Production: Staragara, Fastnet Films
Co-Production: Cine Works, RTV Slovenija, The Chimney Pot, Film I Väst
Co-Funding: Filmski sklad RS/Slovenian Film Fund, FS Viba Film, Irish Film Board, Eurimages, Finnish Film Foundation, Media Programme, YLE

Technical Info:
feature
Dolby Digital SRD
35 mm, cinemascope
colour

Crew
Writter and director: JANEZ BURGER
director of photography: DIVIŠ MAREK
editing: MILOŠ KALUSEK
sound: ROBERT FLANAGAN, DANIEL BIRCH
composer: DRAGO IVANUŠA
production design: VASJA KOKALJ
costume design: ALAN HRANITELJ
make-up: ALENKA NAHTIGAL

co-producers: PETRI ROSSI, FREDRIK ZANDER, TOMAS ESKILSSON
producers: JOŽKO RUTAR, PETRA BAŠIN, MORGAN BUSHE

cast: LEON LUČEV, PAULIINA RÄSÄNEN, RAVIL SULTANOV, RENE BAZINET, DANIEL ROVAI, MARJUTA SLAMIČ, LUNA MIJOVIĆ

Janez Burger

Born in 1965 in Kranj. Graduated in film and TV direction from the FAMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. Director, screenwriter and producer. His films recived more than 40 Slovenian and international awards.

Filmography
2010 CIRCUS FANTASTICUS, feature
2007 SONJA/SONIA, medium-length film
2007 NA SONČNI STRANI ALP/ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF ALPS, short film
2004 RUŠEVINE/RUINS, feature
1999 V LERU/IDLE RUNNING, feature

NEWS.

On Monday, February 8, we finished shooting the series I Wanted to Become a Rock Star 2, directed by Matteo Oleotto.

 

Serbian director Ivan Ikić and his film Oasis won the “Roberto Roselini” award for best director at the 4th International Film Festival “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in the Chinese city of Pinjau. Congratulations! 

The film OROSLAN by director Matjaž Ivanišin received the main jury award in the Independent Film section at LIFFE - Leskovac International Film Festival. The jury wrote in its explanation: "With its brilliant concept, imaginative form and witty realization," Oroslan "stands out not only in regional cinematography with its originality, but also deserves an important place on the map of European film with its quality. the tape contributes to the timeless impression of film, which with its copyright may belong more to the golden age of film art in the 1960s and 1970s than it does today. "                                     oroslan

Ivan Ikić's minority co-production OASIS received the Golden Trolley award for the best feature film at the Zagreb Film Festival. The jury wrote in its explanation: “The film shows people who have been isolated all their lives and the world rarely gives them the opportunity to feel successful in something. It’s a creation that transcends the category of best film and the boundaries of best actors; through the process itself, it gives a hand to those who need it, giving actors the opportunity to become exceptional while expressing and showing that love needs little and that these people are capable of it. The Golden Trolley Award goes to the director and his team, who managed not to betray the trust they had gained. That is why they can be the ones who will convey to the world the cry of those whom no one wants to hear. "

 

We convinced the European Commission with five projects in the European Creative Europe - Media call: four feature films and a short animated film!

Funds were received for the following projects: The Lost Son directed by Darko Štantet, Observation by director Janez Burger, Without Words by Hanna Slak, Freedom or Barbarism by Karpo Godina and Želimir Žilnik, and the short animated film Bimberli written by Andrej Predin and directed by Rok Predin .

OASIS, a film by Serbian director Ivan Ikić, received the award for best European film in the Giornate degli autori section. The award is given by the Europa Cinemas network, whose members are also cinematographers from the Slovenian Art Cinema Network. The jury pointed out in the explanation: ‘’ This is a beautifully shot and very poetic film, which stood out in this year’s Authors ’Days program and was a unanimous selection for the award winner. Ikić's Oasis is a gentle and shocking, but at the same time pure and uncompromising view of the life and love of young people with special needs in a state institution. The director treats his natural actors with a lot of attention and great respect, and they give it back to him with an extremely strong and natural performance. The script is perfectly structured and the photography offers beautiful, unforgettable scenes. This is a movie that viewers should see in the cinema. Perhaps the simplest thing is to say that we can't wait to see this film again as soon as possible. "

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OROSLAN, a feature film by Matjaž Ivanišin, won the Vesna Award for supporting role at the 22nd Slovenian Film Festival, which went to Milivoj Miki Roš. Jury's explanation: "Milivoj Roš Miki managed to make such a strong impression in his acting prowess in a few minutes of film narration that it is impossible to imagine a film without him. He moves from acting narration to intimate and bitter confession with incredible ease. Miki showed us again how strong and inspiring the player's charisma can be. "

 

The feature-length documentary STORKMAN, directed by Tomislav Jelinčič (director of photography: Alan Stanković), received the Audience Award at the 18th Liburnia Festival. Congratulations to the director and the crew!

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OROSLAN (director: Matjaž Ivanišin)  received the Brenk Award for top achievements in the field of film, awarded by KINO!. This year, the Municipality of Maribor awarded the director the Glazer Charter for Outstanding Contribution.

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.


 

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

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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

 

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


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TFF 2016 - Trieste, January 30th, 2016

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

http://www.triestefilmfestival.it 

EFA nominations 2015

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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)

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EFA 2015 - Berlin, November 7th, 2015

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

http://europeanfilmawards.eu

Dancing with Maria

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