Vesna (Slovenia, 1953) 100% Slovenian (Američanke) (Slovenia, 2005)

Vesna (1953)
September 10, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Vesna (Slovenia, 1953)

Directed by František Čap

Three strapping college students, loath to study, hatch a plot to romance the daughter of their math professor to secure the answers to a coming exam—but love soon complicates the perfect plot. Produced in the newly socialist Yugoslavia, this whimsical film bursts with optimism in youth.  A perennial favorite, the film is the namesake of Slovenia’s highest film honor, the Vesna.

Screenwriter: Matej Bor.  Cinematographer: Paul Grupp.  Editor: Milka Badjura.  Cast: Metka Gabrijelčič, Franek Trefalt, Olga Bedjanić, Jure Fulan, Janez Cuk.

35mm, b/w, in Slovenian with English subtitles, 96 min.

100% Slovenian (Američanke) (Slovenia, 2005)

Directed by Hanna Slak

An amusing but thoughtful documentary portrait of several contemporary American women of Slovenian descent.  Regardless that their ties to the mother country are generations old, their feeling that they are “100% Slovenian” demonstrates the intensity with which national identity infuses the Slovenian character.

Digital video, color, in Slovenian with English subtitles, 50 min.