Dance in the Rain (Ples V Dežju) (Slovenia, 1961) A Sand Castle (Pešeni Grad) (Slovenia, 1962)

Dance in the Rain (1961)
September 16, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Dance in the Rain (Ples V Dežju) (Slovenia, 1961)

Directed by Boštjan Hladnik

This elegant and enigmatic love story centers on a brooding young painter and an older actress.  Uncertain of their choices in life, each acutely aware of time slipping away, they verbally savage one another, between admitting (often only internally) their love for each other.  A study of archetypes as much as characters, the penetrating drama masterfully weighs whether life’s plateaus are cause for disillusion or hope.

Screenwriter: Boštjan Hladnik.  Cinematographer: Janez Kalisnik.  Editor: Kleopatra Harisijades.  Cast: Miha Baloh, Duša Počkaj, Ali Raner, Rado Nakrst, Joze Zupan. 

35mm, b/w, in Slovenian with English subtitles, 104 min.

A Sand Castle (Pešeni Grad) (Slovenia, 1962)

Directed by Boštjan Hladnik

Director Boštjan Hladnik’s genre-bending road picture gathers a group of new friends (two men and a mysterious young woman) in a madcap automobile excursion to the ocean.  The pleasures they find there prove as transitory as the sand castles that they build.  A tour de-force of absurdist, physical comedy, the film subtly interrogates the supposed panacea of materialism, leisure, and the flight from one’s own history.

Screenwriter: Boštjan Hladnik.  Cinematographer: Janez Kalisnik.  Editor: Kleopatra Harisijades.  Cast: Ali Raner, Milena Dravić, Ljubiša Samardžić, Spela Rozin, Janez Albreht.

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