PORTOROŽ: The Slovenian/Croatian drama Ivan by Janez Burger will be screened in the competition of the 20th Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož (12-16 September 2017). Maruša Majer, the Slovenian Shooting Star 2017, plays the lead role.
Ivan is a contemporary story set in Slovenia, which could have taken place anywhere. After a young woman Mara gives birth to Ivan, a chain of unexpected events begins. Ivan’s father, a married businessman, whom Mara obsessively loves, is missing. When she finds out that he is accused of a white-collar crime, she gets brutally beaten by his wife’s cronies. They manage to get together, but Mara finds herself in an impossible situation when she has to choose between her lover and her child.
“The film is a rough and thrilling personal drama set in a background of corruption, a drama of making the wrong choices”, director Janez Burger told FNE. The film was shot in Slovenia and Italy (Bolzano) in October-November 2015.
Ivan was produced by Miha Černec through Staragara in coproduction with Boris T. Matić through the Croatian Propeler Film, RTV Slovenija and Tramal Films with a budget of 1,460,000 EUR. The project was supported by the Slovenian Film Center (with 575,000 EUR), FS Viba, the Croatian Audiovisual Center and Eurimages.
The film will be released in Slovenian cinemas by Fivia.
Director: Janez BurgerScreenwriter: Janez Burger, Srdjan Koljević, Melina Pota, Aleš ČarDoP: Marko BrdarEditor: Miloš KalusekSound designer: Jurij ZornikProduction designer: Vasja KokeljCostume designer: Ana Savić GecanMake up artist: Alenka NahtigalMusic: Damir AvdićCast: Maruša Majer, Matjaž Tribušon, Nataša Barbara Gračner, Branko Šturbej, Leon Lučev, Polona Juh, Mojca Funkl, Mateja Pucko, Vlado Vlaškalič, Silva Čušin, Damjana Černe, Pavle Ravnohrib, Ana Facchini, Inua Osredkar, Marjuta Slamič, Barbara Medvešček, Uroš Fürst, Peter Musevski, Minca Lorenci, Vesna Slapar, Sabina Kogovšek, Ana Ruter, Aljoša Koltak, Zvonimir Jurić, Matteo Oleotto, Rossana Mortara, Eva Ropotar, Tadeja Horvat, Dušanka Visenjak, Sara Žabota, Val Sajko, Maurizzio Zacchinga