'A nostalgia trip into Jan Vrhovnik’s childhood in Slovenia – and inspiration drawn from his grandfather’s unstoppable appetite for life.'
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Directed by Jan Vrhovnik Written by Jan Vrhovnik & Ana Kerin Cinematography by Jan Vrhovnik Starring Edi Špiler, Erik Gabriel Novak, Erika Špiler Executive Producers Matej Marinko, Jan Vrhovnik Production Company Bright Producer Matej Marinko Production Assistants Vita Vlasic, Miha Skrt Production Designer Dan Pikalo Stylist Mia Ventin Stylist Assistant Barbara Režek 1st AC Luc Vrhovnik Editor Bela Adami Assistant Editor Luc Vrhovnik Colourist Matic Prusnik Graphic Designer Sabina Špiler Sound Design & Mix Father Studio
Format Alexa Mini LF & 16mm
Filmmaker Jan Vrhovnik takes us to the Slovenia of his childhood, where Grandpa Edi is his hero and strawberry shakes and grandma’s cherry strudel are all that separates morning from afternoon. Combining strong elements of Yugoslav nostalgia with a documentary style feel, using his own non-actor grandparents as protagonists in the film, Vrhovnik humorously explores the notion of influencers, in its humblest iteration.
Edi runs to a beat of Yugoslavian synth, sweat dripping from his brow against a dramatic, sun-scorched summer backdrop. Elsewhere he’s serving aces and swimming out into the ocean, his aged and leathering skin a symbol of a life lived and still going strong. All this is viewed through the eyes of an eight-year-old Jan, not yet the filmmaker he would grow up to be but an observer of the seemingly simple moments that make life so profound.
Bold in colour and set to a soundtrack of Yugoslavian hits and cicadas, the film is a sugar sweet nostalgia trip into the idle bliss of being young. Laced with the longing of growing up and steeped in the compassion only grandparents seem to possess, it pays homage to the people that raise us, and the many ways they make us who we are today.