BEANIE

Logline:

A boy who has nothing and a girl who seems to have everything embark on an adventure following a fake Santa

Synopsis:

ERIK is a 9-year-old boy, living in a youth home due to his problematic parents. His only wish is to go home for Christmas. Instead he gets to spend the holiday with a well-off family and their 7-year-old daughter LUCY who wishes for a puppy and a sister. In the middle of the night they encounter fake SANTA in the family’s living room, a thief in disguise. Full of hopes they hide in his car, but soon Santa gets rid of them and children embark on a very special Christmas adventure. Erik is determined to go home and Lucy follows him. After an extraordinary journey they finally sneak into Erik’s home and he realizes his parents haven’t kept their promise and haven’t changed a bit. But he has Lucy as his friend now.

Directors' statement:

“The script by Saša Eržen, prolific and noted author of children’s literature, appealed to me straight away. I felt like a curious child again, asking thousands of questions, looking for a bunch of answers. The lovely story follows Erik (9) and Lucy (7), their Christmas wishes, and their coming to terms with real life. Erik, whose problematic family put him in a youth home, is confronted with the fact his parents aren’t capable of taking care of him, accepting it in the earnest way of children. On the other hand, Lucy finds out life can bring you better “gifts” than those potentially purchased for money or made up in fantasy.
During their curious adventure, Erik and Lucy grow close, two lonely kids becoming one another’s company, the family they’ve been missing. “

Festivals:

TBC

Development:

Developed at:

  • CINEKID ScriptLab
  • Scenarnica

Presented at:

  • CINEKID Junior Coproduction Market
  • Warsaw Kids Kino Forum

Creative Crew:

Directed by: SLOBODAN MAKSIMOVIĆ
Screenplay: SAŠA ERŽEN
Producer: IDA WEISS
Co-producers: MARINA ANDREE ŠKOP, ADOLF EL ASSAL, VANDA RAÝMANOVÁ
Cinematography: SVEN PEPEONIK
Editing: JURIJ MOŠKON
Music: MICHAL NOVINSKI
Sound design: LUCA THEIS
Supervisor of animation and visual effects: MICHAL STRUSS
Art direction: MATEJA MEDVEDIČ
Costumes: CARMEN DI PINTO
Make-up Artist: EVA URŠIČ

Technical Data:

Feature film / Adventure / Christmas/ Children

Target audiance: 7+

Length: 85 min.
Language: Slovenia
Format: DCP, colour, 24fps
Ratio: 1:2,35
Sound: 5.1
Year Of Production: 2022
Countries of production: Slovenia, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Croatia,
Original title: Kapa

Cast:

GAJ ČRNIČ: Erik
KAJA PODREBERŠEK: Lučka

Supporting cast: AJDA SMREKAR, MOJCA FATUR, FRANO MAŠKOVIĆ, MILA MAKSIMOVIĆ, TILEN KOLBE, EMIL KULOVIĆ, RENE ŠTÚR, KLEMEN SLAKONJA, ZALA ĐURIĆ RIBIČ, KLEMEN KLEMEN, PRIMOŽ PIRNAT, JAKA FON, LOTOS VINCENC ŠPAROVEC, NINA VALIČ, EMIL CERAR, JERNEJ KUNTNER, LOVRENC TIŠMA

Production:

Produced by SENCA STUDIO (Slovenia)

Coproducers:
WADY FILMS (Luxembourg)
STUDIO DIM (Croatia)
OBJECTIF (Slovakia)

RTV SLOVENIA Slovenian Public Broadcaster
RTV SLOVAKIA Slovak Public Broadcaster

Financial support:
Slovenian Film Centre, Film Fund Luxembourg, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Eurimages, Creative Europe – Media Programme, Croatian Radiotelevison (HRT), Re-Act Development Scheme, Film studio Viba Film