LJUBLJANA: Awakenings / Prebujanja, Peter Bratuša’s drama about midlife crisis with Slovenian actress Katarina Čas, has completed shooting and is moving into postproduction.
Awakenings is a story about growing up, despite the fact that the main characters are entering their 40’s. It is set in the bedrooms of the six protagonists, where they discuss their everyday dilemmas, secrets, fears and hopes. Their awakenings are not only physical but primarily emotional.
The cast includes Katarina Čas, who appeared with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf on Wall Street and with Al Pacino in Danny Collins.
“The stories we've created with Špela Levičnik came to life as we wished for,” Bratuša told FNE immediately after finishing shooting, which took place in Ljubljana between April and May 2017. “Indeed there was not a single bad experience, everything was very positive. It was surprisingly nice when we started to include phrases from the movie in our private conversations. Suddenly it seemed as if the main characters have continued to live with us.”
Bratuša was born in 1962 in Maribor and studied film photography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. As DoP he has worked on numerous Slovenian films. He made his directorial debut in 1991 with the comic drama Grandma Goes South (1991, Vogue & Kline Production).
The film is produced by Tilen Ravnikar through Felina in coproduction with RTV Slovenija. The budget is estimated for 286,000 EUR. “The main coproducer RTV Slovenija contributed 227,900 EUR, while the rest of the budget is financed by Felina”, Ravnikar told FNE.
Theatrical release is scheduled for 26 October 2017 distributed by Karantanija Cinemas.
Director: Peter BratušaScreenwriter: Peter Bratuša, Špela Levičnik OblakDoP: Danko VučinovićEditor: Tomislav PavlicProduction designer: Miha FerkovCostume designer: Vesna ČrneličMake up: Nataša SevčnikarMusic: Sebastijan DuhSound: Sebastijan DuhCast: Sebastian Cavazza, Katarina Čas, Saša Pavlin Stošić, Primož Pirnat, Jure Zrnec, Jana Zupančič, Petja Labovič, Branko Šturbej