Archive of films On the Sunny Side of the Alps / Na sončni strani Alp

Slovenia
2007, 15 min

Section: East of the West - Out of Competition
Year: 2008

Two typical Slovenian families live in idyllic harmony, until one of them buys a new car… This purchase makes the neighbour and his family uneasy, but they overcome their envy and instead feast their eyes on their country’s beautiful landscape. An original response to events in Slovenian society, founded on a simple idea.


Synopsis

Two typical Slovenian families live in idyllic harmony, until one of them buys a new car… This purchase makes the neighbour and his family uneasy, but they overcome their envy and instead feast their eyes on the beautiful landscape. This bitterly ironic anecdote, founded on a simple yet effective idea, provides an original response to events in contemporary Slovenian society. “On the sunny side of the Alps – that’s how travel agents promote my country, a beautiful place full of hospitable and friendly people. But recent racist and xenophobic incidents show Slovenia in a darker light, and my film is a reaction to this.” Janez Burger

About the director

Janez Burger (b. 1965, Kranj, Slovenia) initially studied economics in Ljubljana and then film direction at Prague’s FAMU (1996). After graduating, he settled in Ljubljana, where he established the Burgerteater (1997) and the production company Staragara (2003). In 1999 he debuted with the feature film Idle Running (V leru), which was screened in competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF. His second film The Ruins (Ruševine, 2004) competed at the KV festival in the section East of the West.

Contacts

Staragara Production
Tržaska 2, SI-1000, Ljubljana
Slovenia
Tel: +386 1 437 6166
Fax: +386 1 421 0025
E-mail: info@staragara.com
www: www.staragara.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: East of the West - Out of Competition
   
Director: Janez Burger
Screenplay: Janez Burger
Dir. of Photography: Simon Tanšek
Music: Drago Ivanuša
Editor: Miloš Kalusek
Producer: Jožko Rutar
Production: Staragara Production
Cast: Ibrahim Nouhoum, Kany Michel Obenga, Samuel Camara, Dado Kebe Nouhoum, Aisha Ibrahim Maiga
Contact: Staragara Production
   
www: www.nasoncnistranialp.com

Guests

Nerina Kocjancić

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