STA, 18 July 2022 - Slovenian Matevž Luzar won the Silver Star award for best director for his feature film the Orchestra (Orkester) at the Cinedays film festival held in Skopje, North Macedonia, last week, the Slovenian Film Centre has announced.
Co-funded by the Slovenian Film Centre and co-produced by public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, the film tells the story of a wind orchestra travelling to a music festival held in a small Austrian town. Each member of the travelling ensemble has their own problems, and the five protagonists' stories intertwine during the trip.
The film's cast includes household names of Slovenian television production, such as Mojca Funkl, Jernej Kogovšek, Gregor Čišin, and Vesna Pernačič, among others.
The Cinedays judging panel picked Luzar's film for "exactness and ambitiousness in style he so believably and successfully portrayed while mentoring such a big cast."
The film was made in cooperation with the SVEA-Zagorje wind orchestra, Viba Film studio, and many others.
It premiered in November 2021 at the Cottbus film festival in Germany. It will be screened in the Ljubljana Castle courtyard on 3 August as part of the Film Under the Stars open-air series. It is due for general release in Slovenian cinemas on 11 August.