Slovenia’s candidate for the OSCAR 2022 in the Best International Feature Film category
A feature film by Miroslav Mandić
Living in the same nursing home, the two elderly enjoy their time together, sometimes argue like couples do, but often have to start over again, as if they met for the first time.
Info: DCP, color, 85′, Slovenia, Italy
Genre: art film, drama, romance
Directed by: Miroslav Mandić
Original idea and screenplay: Miroslav Mandić
Cinematography: Peter Zeitlinger
Music: Darko Rundek
Production design: Dušan Milavec , Barbara Kapelj
Costumes: Polonca Valentinčič
Make-up: Anita Ferčak
Editing: Andrej Nagode
Sound design: Francesco Morosini
Executive producer: Sandra Ržen
Cast: Sandi Pavlin, Silva Čušin, Boris Cavazza, Mojca Funkl, Barbara Cerar, Lara Komar, Barbara Vidovič, Vladimir Jurc, Safet Mujčić
Producers: Miroslav Mandić, Nina Robnik, Marta Zaccaron, Fabiana Balsamo
Production: Filmostovje in co-production with Incipit Film and Rtv Slovenija
Status: in distribution
Funded by: Slovenian Film Centre (SFC), Fs Viba Film, Mibact, Fvg Film Commission, FVG Audiovisual Film Fund
Global sales agent: Coccinelle Film Sales
A unique love story evokes Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’età”, the winner of the 1960’s Sanremo music festival, which happens to be one of the rare common memories from both protagonists’ youth. Elderly Bruno suffers from dementia. He lives in a rest home, and constantly craves for Duša, only to forget her after each of their encounters.
An elusive and somewhat mischievous character, Duša lives in the same rest home and suffers from dementia as well. The two meet during the organised home activities and often flirt with one another, as if they made acquaintance for the first time. At other times, they don’t recognise each other at all.
When in Duša’s company, Bruno feels a relief that alleviates his confusion and longing for the past. A past which resurfaces violently when he is alone, causing him to want to run away from the rest home, in an attempt to get back to his own home, his wife and his dog – who, sadly, are no longer there.
The succession of powerful and poetic images portrays the protagonists’ confusion as well as their nostalgic moods. The story has funny moments too, like the night when Bruno can’t find his room – he accidentally enters Duša’s and lies down next to her. Upon waking up, they start arguing, each certain that the other is in the wrong bed. Once again they discover they like each other, and agree to meet for breakfast. Realising he was in a room not his, Bruno wanders away, while Duša, dressed in her best clothes, waits for him at their breakfast table in vain.
Awards: Best Actor for Sandi Pavlin at LIFFE – Leskovački Internacionalni Festival Filmske Režije; Best Director for Miroslav Mandić and Best Male Actor for Sandi Pavlin at Balkan Panorama Film Festival