|Original title||Nocno zivljenje|
|Year of production||2016|
|Country||Slovenia, Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Scriptwriter||Damjan Kozole, Ongjen Svilicic|
|K Kieslowski ScripTeast Award/Special mention||–|
|Producers/co-producers/ funding /||Vertigo, Sister and Brother Mitevski, SCCA/ pro.ba, FS VIBA FILM with support of Slovenian and Macedonian Film Funds|
|Festivals/ awards/ cinema results||· Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 – nomination George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition
· Avvantura Film Festival 2016 – Jury Prize Best Director Damjan Kozole
· Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema 2016 – nomination Grand Prize
· Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 – Best Director – Damjan Kozole
· Slovene Film Festival 2016 – Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Director
|Synopsis||One night, a high-profile attorney is found on the pavement along a main road through Ljubljana. He is barely conscious, lying in a pool of blood, and covered in dog bites. Doctors at the medical center fight to keep him alive while his wife, in shock, confronts her deepest fears. During the course of this night she will break every moral standard she has stood up for in her life.|
|Link to the project – archive|
The screenplay for NIGHTLIFE is a black comedy made up of three stories that take place over the same night in the same city. The parallel tales intersect and deflect each other. All three stories are implicit depictions of betrayal. Each features characters whose unfaithfulness causes great pain. Reckless actions by the main characters lead to extreme situations, thus forcing critical decisions to be made. All three stories are connected with hospitals.
The first story deals with a young couple. She is about to have a baby. Just as before death, there needs to be a confession before birth. The happy ending of this story gives the whole film an optimistic tone.
The second story recalls a high-profile Slovenian scandal concerning bullmastiffs. It alludes to the involvement of politicians and higher-ups in bizarre sexual games. It ends with a painful social hypocrisy.
The third story is a black comedy about Martin, a depressive whose wife left him six months ago. He just now finds out she has another man in her life. Martin attempts suicide all night long — it is a cry for help.
It is significant that each character is multifaceted, paradoxical, and contradictory — even to the point of absurdity — just as human nature is also contradictory. Life is relative and, thus, paradoxical. All three stories have an open ending — morning brings no redemption. In reality, the heroes greet the dawn with even greater problems. Metod doesn’t know who’s the father of “his” child. Lea doesn’t know what her husband was really doing. Martin survives, but living for him is clearly the biggest penalty.
July 06, 2015
Damjan Kozole is one of the most recognized Slovenian filmmakers. His last film “Slovenian Girl” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 started its journey to more than 50 international film festivals (Sarajevo, London, Pusan, Palm Springs, Cairo, São Paulo, Thessaloniki, Rotterdam, and many others). The film was released theatrically in around 15 countries including UK and USA.
In 2004 Damjan Kozole together with Aki Kaurismaki, Sasa Gedeon, Theo Van Gogh, Christos Georgiou, Peter Greenaway, Miguel Hermosa, Béla Tarr, and others took part in the project “Vision of Europe”. The idea of the project was that directors of the European Union’s 25 member states showed their vision of Europe.
“Spare Parts” directed by Kozole in 2003 were ranked by “Sight & Sound” among ten most important films of the New Europe. The film was in the competition programme at Berlinale 2003 and won many international awards travelling to more than fifty international film festivals. The film was also Slovenian entry for the Best European Film at 2003 European Film Awards.
His two other films “Labour Equals Freedom” and ”Forever” were also internationally recognized and awarded. In 2005 American Film Institute (AFI) organized Damjan Kozole film retrospective in the United States and Canada.
Ognjen Sviličić directed four feature films. Two of them “Sorry for Kung Fu” and “Armin” had premiere on 55 Berlinale Forum and went on tens of international film festivals. His latest film “Two sunny days” was premiered at Pula Film Festival (Croatian national film festival). He was also a script-writer or co-writer for some internationally recognized movies like “Melon Route” and “Methastasis” by Branko Schmidt, “What has Iva Recorded” by Tomislav Radić and “Slovenian girl” by Damjan Kozole.
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