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Films by two Slovenian directors picked for Toronto film festival

Ljubljana/Toronto, 21 August - Two films by Slovenian directors have made the competition programme of the Toronto International Film Festival to end a nine-year drought for Slovenian filmmakers at this major event. Posledice (Consquences) by Darko Štante, will premiere in Toronto, while the second film is the already hailed Zimske Muhe (Winter Flies) by Olmo Omerzu.

Director Olm Omerzu.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Consequences, the feature debut by script writer and director Štante, presents the struggles of 18-year-old Andrej, who ends up in a youth detention centre.

Its first screening in Toronto, where the festival will be running from 6 to 16 September, is scheduled for 7 September and will be the film's world premiere.

Omerzu's Winter Flies, a Slovenian, Czech, Polish and Slovakian co-production, has meanwhile already won some critical acclaim. Omerzu received the Best Director Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July.

Winter Flies focuses on two young friends and their untameable wish to explore. It tells the story of the independent Mara and quirky Heduš, who set out to find adventures in the snow.

The last Slovenian film to be screened in the competition programme in Toronto was Damjan Kozole's Slovenka (Slovenian Girl) nine years ago.

© STA, 2018