23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

Ruins (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Slovenia - 91

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DIRECTOR: Janez Burger
CAST: Natasa Burger, Vesna Jevnikar, Natasa Matjasec, Darko Rundek, Janez Skof, Milan Stefe, Matjaz Tribuson

Herman, a charismatic theatre director, is producing a new performance. The play is a great discovery, as it is thought to have been written by an unknown medieval author from Iceland. Herman invites close friends to participate in it, including his actress girlfriend Zana and two friends, the actor Gregor and set designer Milos. The stage is set, and now the work can begin. One would expect that the collective work of old friends would make for a pleasant time, but as the premiere approaches, things get complicated, and many secrets and manipulations are revealed. Herman gets nasty, trying to expose and make fun of the relationships among the actors. The spectacular open-air performance is supposed to launch a prestigious theatre festival. The more Herman's mystifications become clear to his wife and colleagues, the more the tension mounts among them. In his second film, director Janez Burger shows us his excellent talent for working with actors and his power for building up dramatic tension. The actors portray their characters very convincingly. They mirror and mingle the little dramas of their closely-knit environment and their private lives, leaving the audience with a voyeuristic feeling. A fresh, dynamic and entertaining film that does not lose its pace. Janez Burger, was born in Kranj, Slovenia, in 1965. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana. In 1989 he transferred to FAMU (Film and TV Directing) in Prague, the Czech Republic. He graduated in 1996 and has directed a numerous short films during his studies at Famu, many of them were awarded. -Al Milgrom

PRODUCER: Danijel Hocevar
EDITOR: Milos Kalusek
MUSIC: Drago Ivanusa
PRINT SOURCE: Slovenian Film Fund

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