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This festival embarked in the period of 15 - 24 November 2002, on the initiative of the famous Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and Viviane Redding, nowadays vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and in the year of 2002, member of the European Commission, responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sports. Since than, “CINEDAYS”, evolved in a festival that celebrates European film tradition, positioning Skopje, the main capital of Macedonia as the main anchorage for true cinema loving fans. In these past nine years, with every successive edition of the festival we tried to go beyond ourselves, however, at all times, having in mind the one thriving concept: presenting to the ever hungry audience with the finest and most rewarded European film achievements. The International European film Festival “CINEDAYS” became a major film happening which promotes European cultural values and traditions, putting the key emphasis on the European cinematographic heritage, development and nurturing of cinematic culture in general, and above all, offering to the film loving audience the chance to see the latest European film achievements directed by fresh and thriving. Worthy of mentioning is the fact that “CINEDAYS” is the only festival of any character established by the famous Spanish director, and also, the only festival of European film that happens in our country.


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'A TRIP' at Cinedays in Skopje, Macedonia! (interview with Ales Pavlin)

 A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin

The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) and screened in competition at 'Cinedays' in Skopje, Macedonia. A TRIP's 'trip' will continue to Goa, India for the Goa Film Festival and then begin its tour in the USA. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales. 

I interviewed Producer Ales Pavlin shortly after ‘Cinedays’ in Skopje, Macedonia and here is what he had to say about the journey of making A TRIP.

 

ME: How did you and Nejc Gazvoda meet? And how did this remarkable journey of your first feature with each other take shape?

ALES: We met through our mutual friend film director and after it Nejc was screenwriter at one of our previous short films. After that I invited him to work together on some project as director. He brought me three scripts, one of them I loved very much and that was A Trip☺

ME: When did you feel in your gut that you had such a success on your hands and such a talented young director, to boot?

ALES: I believed in this project very much from its beginning, but really smelled possible success after first Cannes market screening, and definitely after fantastic response from the audience at World premiere at Sarajevo Film Festival.

ME: The film is adventurous and yet haunting at the same time. It really sticks with the viewer long after seeing it. What can you tell about the film to people who haven’t seen it, without revealing too much?

ALES: I would say that it is a generation road movie, three best friends from high school remember the past and confront fears of the future. Shot in only 14 days for less than$250,000. Rich story with strong central performances.

ME: The casting is crucial in this powerful character driven drama. Was it a difficult film to cast?

ALES: No, it wasn’t difficult at all. All three actors are schoolmates of director at film and theater academy together, so he knew their work and their abilities already. Even though the story (published in Nejc Gazvoda’s first book) was written before he knew them, he wrote characters and dialogues in script having them in mind as cast.

ME: Due to the nature of the problems of the characters in the film, what can you say about how the generation represented in the film that tackles issues both local to Slovenia and yet universal?

ALES: The director wanted to make a film about his generation, about their problems, and he wanted to make a film with lots of emotions, but important subjects. He did excellent job in representing his generation in Slovenia, but believe (it is already proved on all international festival screenings) that it works very internationally.

ME: You told me when we met that the director really understands this twenty-something generation that you do not. What do you think is different or has changed since your own generation?

ALES: Almost everything. I was slightly younger than they are now, when we felt that we can change “our world”. Berlin Wall was destroyed, Yugoslavia was divided, we got our own small country Slovenia, we got capitalism instead of communism and we had strong belief in better tomorrow. As said, I don’t know their generation very well, but what I can notice is lack of vision and feeling, that they can't change anything. We felt we can change everything.

ME: I have never seen a film, which represents Slovenia like this one. In a way, your film kind of puts Slovenia on the map for film, maybe drawing a lot more attention to the country for the arts. How do you feel about this?

ALES: Felt very proud hearing your observation and believe the film will be interesting to world audience.

ME: What has it been like to be received so well all over the world in only a few short months?

ALES: It’s a great feeling and also an important recognition for us since a lot of pure and sincere emotions were invested in it. Desperately waiting for local theatrical launch January 19, so it can be proved also in audience figures.

ME: The film premiered in Sarajevo and now it has gone all over the world. For a first feature you are off to a great start. Where will the film be going next?

ALES: After Sarajevo film went to film festivals in Hamburg, Warsaw, Montpellier, Arras, Zagreb, Sao Paulo just to mention few. While we are speaking it is on a way to 42nd International Film Festival of India, Goa and there are coming invitations from many festivals still to come. Just few days ago we confirmed Trieste and Vilnius. And USA is still waiting for us, of course.

ME: Can you discuss anything about your next project with Nejc Gazvoda?

ALES: It is a project with working title “Dual” and it is a love story. It is very international orientated project with international female main role and if everything goes as planned we will shoot it in second half of 2012.

ME: Thanks Ales. Well, many people don’t realize it takes talent and passion to be a good producer so it has been great talking to you. Huge congrats to all of you! I loved your film! See you soon!

 

The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda held its world premier in Sarajevo this year at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). The film screened in competition and was nominated for Best Film. In only four months of touring festivals, the film has been nominated for Best Film in several festivals around the world and won the award for Best Feature Film at its national Slovene Film Festival by the Slovene Film Critics Association.

 

Interview by Vanessa McMahon, November 20, 2011

music video from film, although it's meant to say 'New Wave Slovenia' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SytfX6HnhIg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer Ales Pavlin (A TRIP, 2011) and Michael Fassbender at SFF 2011

 

 

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