Archive of films Nightlife / Nočno življenje

Slovenia / North Macedonia / Bosnia and Herzegovina
2016, 85 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2016

The lives of a wealthy married couple radically change in an instant. While the husband is in critical condition after an accident that occurred under strange circumstances, the wife tries to understand the situation and to salvage what she can… In this constricted, small-scale drama by a renowned Slovenian filmmaker, Pia Zemljič excels in the role of the resourceful wife.


The lives of a wealthy married couple, a professor and a noted lawyer, change in an instant on one tragic night. Under strange circumstances, the man is found on the street in critical condition. While he’s in the hospital fighting for his life, his wife Lea tries to understand what happened and to salvage what she can... The plot of this taut, small-scale drama, in which Pia Zemljič excels in a delicately nuanced performance as the resourceful wife, takes place over a single night in the Slovenian capital. In his ninth feature, a work inspired by a true story, the renowned filmmaker paints a vivid picture of the heroine’s internal drama, yet, on a more universal level, he also critically explores the influence of social opinion and the news media upon our lives. Kozole’s co-author on this polished script highlighting a current topic was talented Croatian director and screenwriter Ognjen Sviličić (Armin, These Are the Rules).

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Damjan Kozole

Damjan Kozole (b. 1964, Brežice, Yugoslavia) is a distinguished Slovenian director and screenwriter. At 22 he shot his first dramatic picture The Fatal Telephone Call (1987), considered the first independent film shot in the former Yugoslavia. He has a number of documentaries, shorts, and features to his credit, many of which attained honors at international festivals. Spare Parts (2003) screened in competition at the Berlinale and then at more than 50 other festivals, including Karlovy Vary, which also presented his fourth feature, Porno Film (2000). After premiering at Locarno, Labor Equals Freedom (2005) went on to succeed at a variety of fests, including Sarajevo, Valencia, and Wiesbaden, and Slovenian Girl (2009) hit more than 100 festivals after its Toronto premiere. Nightlife is Kozole’s ninth feature.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Damjan Kozole
Screenplay: Damjan Kozole, Ognjen Sviličić   Spolupráce na scénáři / Script collaborator: Urša Menart
Dir. of Photography: Miladin Čolaković
Music: Kostov, Silence
Editor: Jurij Moškon, Ivo Trajkov
Art Director: Dušan Milavec, Neža Zinajić
Producer: Danijel Hočevar
Production: Vertigo
Coproduction: Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, SCCA
Cast: Pia Zemljič, Jernej Šugman, Marko Mandić, Peter Musevski, Petre Arsovski
Contact: Vertigo


Damjan Kozole

Film Director

Danijel Hočevar

Producer, Tutor / Trainer

Pia Zemljič


Zora Stančič

Costume Designer

Labina Mitevska

Actress, Co-producer

Ognjen Sviličić


Aleksandra Popović


Nerina Kocjancić

Film Institution Rep.


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