Žiga Virc’s Sophomore Feature Acquired Ahead of Cannes’ Marché du Film 2023

    The Last Hero by Žiga Virc shooting The Last Hero by Žiga Virc shooting copyright: Živa Brglez

    LJUBLJANA: Berlin-based Picture Tree International has picked up the upcoming film by Slovenian director Žiga Virc Shooting Blanks (aka The Last Hero / Poslednji heroj), which is currently in postproduction and will have a private screening at the Marché du Film in Cannes (16 – 24 May 2023).

    The film is produced by Slovenia’s Studio Virct in coproduction with Croatia’s Nukleus Film, Italy’s Levante Produzioni, as well as Asphalt and asterisk* from Greece, with support from the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual CentreRTV Slovenija, the Greek television broadcaster ERT, Eurimages and Creative Europe MEDIA, in cooperation with Film Studio Viba Film.

    A man is trying to prevent a German retailer chain from tearing down a statue of his father, a decorated World War II hero, and building a store on the site. Aiming to preserve the memory of the resistance movement, he is unwittingly destroying the life of his daughter. In less than 24 hours, life is turned completely upside down for everyone involved in a series of tragicomic events.

    Virc’s debut feature Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016, Studio Virc) won the Vesna Award for Best Feature at the Festival of Slovenian Film and the 2017 Štiglic Gaze Award for Directing, given annually by the Directors Guild of Slovenia. The film had also been the 2016 Slovenian foreign-language Academy Award candidate.