On Tuesday, 19 June, the shooting of the third live-action feature Don’t Forget to Breathe by the director Martin Turk, born in Trieste in 1978, began. Turk’s films have been presented at more than a hundred film festivals all around the world, and he was the first Slovenian to be chosen for the prestigious Cinefondation Residence programme of the Cannes Festival in 2009.
The role of Klemen has been entrusted to Matija Valant, pupil of the Pre-School Education and Grammar School (Arts High School) in Ljubljana, who has auditioned with more than 200 candidates. His brother Peter will be played by Tine Ugrin, who has already appeared in the films Nika and The Invisible Hand of Adam Smith, both directed by Slobodan Maksimović. The fatal girl will be portrayed by Klara Kuk, a student of acting at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television.
A prominent roles has also been entrusted to Jakob Cilenšek and Ronja Matijevec Jerman, whom we still remember from the film Come Along, while Klemen and Peter’s mother will be portrayed by Iva Krajnc Bagola. The role of the tennis coach has been assigned to Nikola Đuričko, the star of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, who has also appeared in many international and Serbian film productions: In the Land of Blood and Honey (directed by Angelina Jolie); Genius (with Geoffrey Rush); Legends (with Sean Bean); Shadows over Balkans; Montevideo, God Bless You; and many others.
Apart from renowned Slovenian authors, an international team is taking part in the film as well: this is the fifth time that Turk is working with Radislav Jovanov – Gonzo, the Croatian director of photography and cult director of music videos by almost all of the more important musicians from the former common country. Furthermore, the film score will be written by the Italian composer and musician Teho Teardo, who has, among other things, also created the music for the films by Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Salvatores.
Film is produced by Bela film in co-production with Quasar (Italy), Studio Dim (Croatia), RTV Slovenija and RAI Cinema, with financial support of Slovenian Film Centre, FVG Audiovisual Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Creative Europe – Media programme, Re-Act development scheme and with technical support by FS Viba film.
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