a TV drama based on a short story by Milan Kleč
Written and directed by Janez Burger

»Sonja« is a television adaptation of a short story by Milan Kleč with the title »Dead and alive«. Kleč's work is known to be dark and bizarre. Compared to the original story the screenplay had to go through quite a lot of changes for a literary form to transform into a dramatic one. The result is a romantic story with elements of a horror story which takes place is some kind of an in-between-space, between the world of the living and the world of the dead. This film shows a weird, dusty, mothballs- and decay-smelling surreal world in which a burning love is born but cannot be fulfilled. Why not? Because it was born in a wrong environment. The dead don't love because they are dead.

Sonja: Jana Zupančič
Son: Primož Pirnat
Mother: Olga Kacjan
Father: Pavle Ravnohrib
Sonja's mother: Jette Ostan Verjup
Sonja's father: Vojko Zidar
Sonja's brother: Saša Tabakovič
Policemen: Gregor Čušin and Jožko Rutar
Hunter: Janez Škof
Doctor: Kajetan Čop
Dead Sonja: Petra Veber Rojnik

Screenplay and directed by: Janez Burger
Author of literary text: Milan Kleč
Producers: Samo Radmilovič, Tanja Prinčič
Production director: Jožko Rutar
Director of photography: Bojan Kastelic
Costume design: Alan Hranitelj
Make-up artist: Alenka Nahtigal
Set design: Vasja Kokelj and Andraž Trkman
Sound editor: Marko Tajič
Music: Drago Ivanuša
Editor: Miloš Kalusek

Unit manager: Luka Rus
1st assistant director: Maša Bojc
2nd assistant director: Miha Čeak
Extras supervisor: Mojca Senegačnik
Script supervisor: Irena Gatej
Focus puller: Sabina Smodej
Assistant camera: Jure Močnik
Steadicam operator: Jure Nemec, Aleš Belak
Gaffer: Boris Orehek
Lighting technician: Srečko Smrdel
Grip: Marjan Jelnikar, Anže Kerenc Mišjak
Wardrobe supervisor: Emil Cerar
Make-up: Lija Ivančič
Props: Niko Novak
Boom operator: Frank Valič
Set photographer: Kaja Trkman
Assistant producer: Sara Isa Đukanovič
Crew secretary: Sanela Karabegovič

Programme editor: Andrej Vajevec
Managing editor, Culture and arts: Jani Virk
Programme producer: Samo Radmilovič
Producer, Culture and art programmes: Tanja Prinčič

The film was made in co-production of Radio-Television Slovenia and Staragara production company.

Photo: Kaja Trkman

Jana Zupančič

Petra Veber Rojnik

Gregor Čušin

Olga Kacjan in Pavle Ravnohrib

Anton Činkole

Primož Pirnat

Pavle Ravnohrib

Kajetan Čop

Janez Burger, režiser

Skupinska fotografija


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.