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Zagreb Film Festival
21 - 27 October 2007

SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb

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On the Sunny Side of the Alps / Na sončni strani Alp
Slovenia, 15' , 2007

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Directed by: Janez Burger
Script: Janez Burger
Producer: Jožko Rutar
Production company: Staragara
Cinematography: Simon Tanšek
Editing: Miloš Kalusek
Music: Drago Ivanuša
Cast: Ibrahim Nouhoum, Kany Michel Obenga, Samuel Camara, Dado Kebe Nouhoum, Aisha Ibrahim Maiga, Cherif Diaratou

Format: 35mm, color
Running time: 15'

‘On the Sunny Side of the Alps' used to be the slogan of a promotion campaign of the Slovene Tourist Board which wanted to present Slovenia in the best possible light – as a beautiful subalpine country, full of hospitable and friendly people. However, recent racist and xenophobic events present Slovenia in a far darker light. It is most concerning that racist and xenophobic rhetoric is being used also by political elites, but even more concerning is the fact that their populist tendencies find fertile ground which helps their political credit to grow. This film is a author's reaction to the increasingly bizarre situation in his country. A film about a typical Slovene family which would never find shape if finance officials knew that this is the first Slovene black-African film.

Directors Biography
Born in Kranj, Slovenia on March 21st 1965, director Janez Burger grew up in Železniki, living and working in Ljubljana. During the studies at FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic he finishes more short and documentary films. He returns in Slovenia, where he establishes his own theatre group Burgerteater (1997). In year 1997 he shoots his first feature film 'Idle Running' ('V leru') 1999. It was Slovenian box office hit with more than 60.000 admissions. 2002 he shoots his second feature film, successful 'Ruins' ('Ruševine'). In 2003 together with Jan Cvitkovič he establishes his own production house Staragara and produces Jan Cvitkovič award winning feature film 'Gravehopping' ('Odgrobadogroba').

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Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Friday, October 26th at 9.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Friday, October 26th at 20.00
reprisal: Cinema Europe, Saturday, October 27th at 10.00

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