Films at the Vovk Garden

16 July - 27 August 2020 | Vovk Garden



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Films 2020

  • Thursday, 16 July 2020 at 9pm

Igor and Rosa(Directed by Katja Colja, Slovenia/Italy, 2019, 80'

Igor (Boris Cavazza) and Rosa (Lunetta Savino) live together under one roof, but they successfully avoid each other, even though they have been together for many years. She was been driven to darkest despair by the loss of her daughter Maja and he, on the other hand, lives in a state of deep apathy. Their relationship has fallen apart over the years and is now filled with little arguments and grievances that they cannot overcome. But due to recent events, they start to come back together. The film is about borders between countries, between people, between generations, between soul and body, between reason and emotion.


- Languages: Slovenian, Italian

-Cast: Boris Cavazza, Lunetta Savino, Branko Đurić, Maurizio Fanin, Anita Kravos, Valentina Munafò, Simonetta Solder

-Festivals, awards: Vesna for best screenplay (FSF Portorož); Best Actor Award – Boris Cavazza, Feature Film Award, Festival Award for Foreign Language Feature Film (California Women’s Film Festival); Feature Film Award (K3 Film Festival, Austria)


  • Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 9pm

The Truth (Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, France/Japan, 2019, 106') 

The film by the director who won the Palme d'Or for the film Shoplifters in 2019 tells the story of a famous French actress Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve), who is visited by her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) and her family on the occasion of the publication of her autobiographical book. As it turns out, the actress tweaked and embellished real events in the book and this leads to the question of what in it is the truth and what is fiction. The encounter between mother and daughter thus turns into a confrontation in which long-hidden truths, grievances come up. The main question in the film is whether lies are as important to personal happiness as the truth.


- Languages: French, English
- Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier, Manon Clavel
- Festivals, awards: Venice 2019, Toronto 2019, San Diego 2019


  • Thursday, 30 July 2020 at 9pm

Maudie (Directed by Aisling Walsh, Great Britain, 2016, 115')

The film is based on the true story of the Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Maudie (Sally Hawkins) wants to leave her aunt Ida's suffocating home, where her brother Charles sent her, saying that Maudie is not only physically weak, but also mentally disabled due to arthritis. To free herself from her home environment, Maudie applies for the only job in the county, the job of a housewife with Mr. Everett (Ethan Hawke). The local oddball, loner and eccentric who makes a living from fishing and chopping wood, is not at all enthusiastic and wants to get rid of her as soon as possible. Ultimately, however, they get used to each other and even get closer. Maudie begins to paint; she beautifies the interior of their hut and at the same time she paints tiny postcards that attract the attention of other, also influential people.


- Language: English
- Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett, Gabrielle Rose, Greg Malone
- Festivals, awards: Atlantic Film Festival 2016, Canadian Screen Awards 2018, Irish Film & Television Awards 2018, National Society of Film Critics 2018


  • Thursday, 6 August 2020 at 9pm

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Directed by Celine Sciamma, France, 2019, 120')

The painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) gets hired to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a countess's daughter who recently left the monastery. But because Héloïse opposes the fate of a married woman and refuses to pose, Marianne has to paint her in secret. She pretends that she was hired her companion, she observes her during the day and paints at night. In this dynamic of getting to know each other, they begin to build a new, unexpected relationship. The film deals with their ways of liberating from the identity of women who were governed by patriarchal rules of the 18th century.


- Language: French, Italian
- Cast: Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
- Festivals, awards: best screenplay (Cannes); best feature film, best film on sexuality and identity (Chicago); Art Cinema Award (Filmfest Hamburg); audience award (Melbourne); Norwegian Film Critics’ Award (Haugesund); European Film Academy Award for best screenplay


  • Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 9pm

I do not Care if we Go down in History as Barbarians (Directed by Radu Jude, Romania/Germany/France, 2018, 138')

A young artist and activist prepares a theatre performance about the massacre of Jews, carried out in 1941 on the Eastern Front with the help of the Romanian army. “I don't care whether we go down in history as barbarians.” With these words, spoken in the Council of Ministers in the summer of 1941, ethnic cleansing began on the Eastern Front. The reconstruction of this terrible event makes it clear that the path to barbarism is paved not only with violence, but above all with people's lack of conscience. The film is a provocative, insightful and surprisingly entertaining journey into the dark Romanian past.


- Language: Romanian
- Cast: Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan
- Festivals, awards: Award for best film (Karlovy Vary 2018)


  • Thursday, 20 August 2020 at 9pm

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao (Directed by: Karim Aïnouz, Brazil/Germany, 2019, 142')

The film takes us to Rio de Janeiro in 1950. The sisters Eurídice (Carol Duarte) and Guida (Julia Stockler) live with conservative parents and dream of a life that would be different than what is common in their environment: Eurídice wants to be a pianist and Guida is looking for big love. When Guida becomes pregnant, their father breaks off all contact between the sisters in a fit of rage. This is the beginning of a long separation between women who never lose hope of finding each other again. According to the director, the film is a “tropical melodrama”.


- Language: Portuguese
- Cast: Carol Duarte, Júlia Stockler, Fernanda Montenegro, Gregório Duvivier, Bárbara Santos, Flávia Gusmão, Maria Manoella, António Fonseca, Cristina Pereira, Gillray Coutinh
- Festivals, awards: Brazilian representative for the Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination; Main prize in the in the “Special Look” programme (Cannes)


  • Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 9pm

Daughter of the Camorra (Directed by: Siniša Gačić, Slovenia/Italy, 2019, 75')

Cristina Pinto, a former member of the Neapolitan Mafia, was a killer, known by the nickname Nikita, who is now facing challenges of everyday life after 24 years in prison. Shortly after she was released from prison, her partner Raffaele, who is 20 years older, fell ill with cancer. Cristina takes refuge with her daughter Elena, with whom they are trying to fill a twenty-year gap in their relationship. At 46, Cristina finds her new role as a mother, partner and grandmother.


- Language: Italian
- Cast: Raffaele Mirabella, Christina Pinto, Elena Pinto
- Festivals, awards: Vesna for the best documentary (FSF Portorož); World premiere in the competition program (Sarajevo Film Festival); Competition program (K3 Film Festival, Austria)