WRITER AND THE CITY – DRAGO JANČAR

Synopsis:

At the initiative of Tomai Pandur, four outstanding literary events take place in the European capital of culture, presented by the Japelj Studio and Livia Pandur in col­laboration with the writer. In the city of Maribor large illuminated signs of Jancar’s works change the appearance of the city. We can read the titles of Jancar’s books: Northern Lights, That Night I Saw Her, Katarina, the Peacock and the Jesuit, The Galley Slave, The Brioni, The Great Brilliant Waltz (La grande valse bril/ante). The four literary events with the writer are: Northern Lights at St. Aloysius church, The Soul of Europe with Claudio Magris and Karl-Markus Gauss at the Vetrinje Mansion, Art and Madness at the Maribor Regional Museum and the premiere of The Great Brilliant Waltz at the Maribor Slovene National Theatre.

The fact that all events were well visited as well as keen interest in the reprints of Jancar’s works prove that the people of Maribor, beside showing their interest, have awaited with gratitude the return of Drago Jancar and his literature to the author’s birthplace upon which Northern Lights now shine 09ain. A documentary, proposed by Mitja Gander and di­ rected by Maja Weiss, portrays Drago Jancar at the events and on other meaningful locations in the city where for the first time the author reveals some per­ sonal memories and details that have found their way into his literary works.

Drago Jančar

Slovenian writer, playwright, essayist, born in 1948

Drago Jancar, born in Maribor, is one of the most prolific and widely translated Slovenian writers. He is a full member of The Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sci­ences.
In addition to novels, plays, essays, scripts for television plays and a film screen­play he also wrote the following novels: 35 Degrees (1974), The Galley Slave (1978), Northern Lights (1984), Mocking Desire (1993), The Ringing in One’s Head (1998), Katarina, the Peacock and the Jesuit (2000), The Builder (2006), A Tree with No Name (2008), That Night I Saw Her (2010). He received several national awards (the Preseren Fund Award 1979, the Preseren Award 1993, three Kresnik Awards, the last one in 2011 for the novel That Night I Saw Her, three Roianc Awards, four Grum Awards) and many international ones – the European Prize for Short Fiction (Augsburg, 1994), Herder’s (2003), the Jean Amery’s Prize (2007), the Hemingway-Sparkasse Prize (Lignano, 2009), the Mediterranean Culture Award (Cosenza, 2009), the European Prize for Literature AGEL (2011).

Releases:

14.12.2012 (Kolosej Maribor) – closing event at MARIBOR 2012 – European Capital Of Culture

Television premiere broadcast: RTV Slovenija, TV SLO 1, 17.3.2013 (19.3.2013), SLO 1 (9%)

Creative Crew:

Director: MAJA WEISS
Writers: MATEJA JANČAR in MAJA WEISS
Producer: IDA WEISS
Production manager: RADOVAN MIŠIČ
Director Of Photography: BOJAN KASTELIC
Music: CHRIS ECKMAN
Editors: PETER BRAATZ, MAJA WEISS
Sound: MARJAN DROBNIČ, FRANE POVIRK, BRANKO ATANASKOVIČ

Narrator: PAVLE RAVNOHRIB

Technical data:

Documentary film

Length: 54 min. / 51 min.
Language: Slovenian, Italian, German
Color
Format: HDCAM
Ratio: 16:9
Sound: stereo
Year Of Production: 2013

Featuring:

DRAGO JANČAR

ANDREJ BRVAR, MITJA ČANDER, KARL-MARKUS GAUSS, NATAŠA BARBARA GRAČNER, LUDVIK HARTINGER, MARKO JAPELJ, BRANKO JORDAN, ZORA A.JURIČ, MARJAN KRAMBERGER, CLAUDIO MAGRIS, VESNA MILEK, VLADO NOVAK, KLAUS DETLEF OLOF, LIVIA PANDUR, TONE PARTLJIČ and others.

Production:

SENCA STUDIO

in coproduction with
RTV Slovenija – Documentary department
MARIBOR 2012 – European Capital Of Culture
Bela Film
Taris Film

Financial support:
Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost, kulturo in šport RS