for September/October 2011:
LOS ANGELES -- The first Slovenian Film Festival--SLOVENIA BEGS TO DIFFER--is
now taking place at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater, under the
auspices of UCLA FiLm & Television Archive, The South East European
Film Festival, and the Slovenian Film Center.
As co-curator Vera Mijojlic said, "Among the modern countries that
make up the former Yugoslavia, the Republic of Slovenia represents an
exceptional national culture and contributor to world cinema. As a result
of its unique geography, situated adjacent to Italy and Austria, Slovenia
(population two million) has historically been the Yugoslav entity most
receptive of Western influence and thus, among the most cosmopolitan of
its counterparts. Indeed, Slovenia, always the rebel, was the first to
question free market effects on its society, even as it was the first
Yugoslav breakaway republic to integrate them after independence in 1991.
"In its cinema, Slovenia also 'begged to differ,' offering lyrical,
achingly poetic and free-spirited stories of misfits, rather than the
broad, polemical tableaux that characterized so much Eastern bloc cinema.
Rarely have such introverted characters and eccentric stories conveyed
a zeitgeist and a national character with such subtlety and restraint,
nor observed geopolitics with such oblique precision.
"This series offers a selection of some of the most influential,
revealing and formally fascinating Slovenian films from mid-century forward,
including several from the country's recent output."
Among the Festival highlights are: VALLEY OF PEACE, VESNA, DANCING IN
THE RAIN, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA and GRAVEHOPPING.
For further information visit cinema.ucla.edu/events/2011-09-09/slovenia-begs-to-differ.