FNE at Festival of Slovenian Film Portorož 2023: Wake Me

    Wake Me by Marko Šantić Wake Me by Marko Šantić credit: Vertigo

    PORTOROŽ: Marko Šantić’s drama Wake Me / Zbudi me screened in the competition of the 26th Festival of Slovenian Film Portorož (3 - 8 October 2023), winning awards for Best Feature Film as well as for Screenplay, Actor in a leading and supporting role, and Make-up. The film is a coproduction between Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia.

    Rok is suffering from memory loss, which erases recollection of his recent life. Seeking familiarity, he returns to his hometown, where he learns that his brother has chosen the same wrong path he was once on.

    “Amnesia represents today’s individuals who generally don’t know the common past and who are more easily pushed into hostility towards other cultures and fellow citizens. General ignorance of history is affecting us all,” says director Marko Šantić in a statement.

    Jure Henigman, one of the most acclaimed Slovenian actors of the younger generation, plays the main role. The director Marko Šantić co-wrote the screenplay with Slovenian screenwriter/director Goran Vojnović and Croatian screenwriter Sara Hirbar.

    Wake Me by Marko Šantić, credit: VertigoWake Me was produced by Danijel Hočevar through Vertigo, in coproduction with Living Pictures (Serbia) and Jaka Produkcija (Croatia). “The total budget was 1.25 m EUR,” producers Danijel Hočevar and Zala Opara told FNE.

    The project was supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Center Serbia, Eurimages, MEDIA – Creative Europe, Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique – SACEM and FS Viba Film.

    Wake Me is scheduled for release in Slovenian cinemas in early 2024.

    Marko Šantić, born in 1983 in Split, Croatia, studied directing at the AGRFT. His student short film Good Luck Nedim (2005) was nominated for the European Film Academy Award and was awarded with the Heart of Sarajevo Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Šantić’s debut feature Seduce Me (2013, RTV Slovenija) won the Vesna Award for directing at the Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož.

    Production Information:

    Production Company:
    Vertigo (Slovenia)
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    Coproduction Companies:
    Living Pictures (Serbia)
    Jaka Produkcija (Croatia)

    In collaboration with
    FS Viba Film (Slovenia)
    Director Marko Šantić, source: FSF archiveHippocampe Productions (France)
    001 (Slovenia)

    Director: Marko Šantić
    Screenwriters: Marko Šantić, Goran Vojnović, Sara Hribar
    DoP: Ivan Zadro
    Composer: Jan Visocky
    Editor: Vladimir Gojun
    Production Designer: Marco Juratovec
    Costume Designer: Tina Bonča
    Make-up Designer: Lija Ivančič
    Sound Designers: Ognjen Popić, Zoran Maksimović, JulijZornik
    Producers: Danijel Hočevar and Zala Opara
    Coproducers: Jure Bušić, Dimče Stojanovski and SrtefanOrlandić
    Cast: Jure Henigman, Timon Šturbej, Nataša Brabar Gračner, Živa Selan, Jurij Drevenšek, Benjamin Krnetić, Tamara Avguštin, Blaž Setnikar