NA SOCNI STRANI ALP
Slovenia / 2007 / 15'
Two “typical” Slovenian families live an idyllic alpine life with neat wooden houses, game hunting, traditional songs, sausages and beer in the merry atmosphere of the mountain refuge. A man initiates his son to the difficulties and joys of climbing, singing out a in a yodel when he successfully reaches the peak of their first ascent to Monte Triglav - until something happens to disrupt the “harmony”. Against a background of apparent happiness and tolerance, where the birds sing in an unpolluted nature and where the sun always shines, the human soul broods daily over uneasiness and incommunicability among human beings. In reality some things do not seem to go as they should in this surrealistic short, where the author plays with clichés and contradictions, and which could be titled “ Guess who’s coming … to the mountains?”.
Janez Burger was born in Kranj, Slovenia, in 1965. He lives and works in Ljubljana. After his first short, Door (1990), he attended the prestigious Film and Television School - Famu in Prague to study film-making. After he graduated in 1996 he went back to Slovenia, where he founded a theatre company and in 1997 he shot his first full-length film, Idle Running, which received over twenty awards all over Europe. In 2003 he founded the production company Staragara with Jan Cvitkovic. Apart from his numerous shorts, his filmography includes the full-length films Ruins (2002, award-winning in Rotterdam), About people, trains and dust (documentary, 1989), Sweet House (documentary, 1998) and Sonja (2007).