BEANIE

LOGLINE


A boy who has nothing and a girl who seems to have everything embark on an adventure following Santa they encounter in a living room.

KAPA / BEANIE – Trailer with English subtitles (November 2022) from Senca Studio on Vimeo.

SYNOPSIS


Erik is an nine-year-old boy, living in a youth home because of his problematic parents. Beanie is his nickname. His only wish is to go home for Christmas. Instead, he gets to spend the holiday with a wealthy family and their seven-year-old daughter Lučka, who wishes for a puppy and a sister. In the middle of the night, Erik and Lučka encounter Santa in the family’s living room. Full of hopes, they hide in his car, but the Santa gets rid of them in the middle of the city. They embark on an extraordinary adventure…

CREATIVE CREW


Director: SLOBODAN MAKSIMOVIĆ
Screenwriter: SAŠA ERŽEN
Producer: IDA WEISS
Co-producers: MARINA ANDREE ŠKOP, ADOLF EL ASSAL, VANDA RAÝMANOVÁ, DARIJA KULENOVIĆ GUDAN
Director of Photography: SVEN PEPEONIK
Editor: JURIJ MOŠKON
Music Composer: MICHAL NOVINSKI
Animation and VFX Supervisor: MICHAL STRUSS
Art Director: MATEJA MEDVEDIČ
Costume Designer: CARMEN DI PINTO
Make-Up Artist: EVA URŠIČ
Sound mixer: ARNAUD MELLET
Sound designers: LUCA THEIS, JEROEN TRUIJENS
Sound Re-recording Mixer: MICHEL SCHILLINGS

CAST


GAJ ČRNIČ: Erik
KAJA PODREBERŠEK: Lučka

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

PRODUCTION


SENCA STUDIO (Slovenia)

Co-producers:
WADY FILMS (Luxembourg)
OBJECTIF (Slovakia)
STUDIO DIM (Croatia)
RTV SLOVENIA
RTVS SLOVAK RADIO AND TELEVISION

Financial support:
Slovenian Film Center, Film Fund Luxembourg, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Eurimages, Creative Europe – MEDIA Program, HRT, Film studio Viba Film, Re-Act

We would like to thank:
Public lighting Ljubljana, Automatic service, Ljubljanski potniški promet and others

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT


“Working with Kaja and Gaj was a unique experience for me. At the beginning of filming, I saw them as talented children, but in the end, they became amazing actors and great friends for me. I enjoyed their honesty, incredible acting and endurance every day. Several months of filming, though adapted to working with children, is a big deal even for experienced actors. Kapa is the first film that started filming during the quarantine due to the Covid 19 epidemic. It was a big burden for all of us. Fortunately, none of the numerical team and performers got ill. There are also positive features of filming in such conditions, the streets of Ljubljana were completely empty and the whole city offered itself to us as the most beautiful film studio. ”

Slobodan Maksimović, director

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY


Slobodan Maksimović is a director and screenwriter with a university degree. His student short films “1/2” (2007) and “Agape” (2007) were screened at many international film festivals, including Cannes. His feature-length debut, the socially critical comedy “Thanks for Sunderland” was l. In 2012, among other awards, it also received Vesno for the best Slovenian film. His second feature film, the youth film “Nika” (2016), was also successful, which tells the story of a brave and daring 16-year-old Nika, an enthusiastic go-kart driver who, despite everything, decides to follow her dreams. The film convinced the audience at the 19th Motovun Film Festival and received the award for the best youth film, and was also screened at international festivals, including the International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic. A short film in one frame and eight languages, “The Invisible Hand of Adam Smith” has been shown at more than 50 international festivals and has been awarded 18 times. As a director, Maksimović also created the successful Slovenian television series “Mame” (2017-2018) and “Primeri inšpektorja Vrenka” (2021). “Beanie” is his third feature film.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT


  • CINEKID ScriptLab
  • Scenarnica

AWARDS


  • Best Children Film by Children’s Jury – Sarajevo Film Festival, 2022
  • Audience Award – KinoKino Film Festival, Zagreb, 2022
  • Best Feature Film – K3 Film Festival, Villach, 2022

FESTIVALS


  • Luxembourg City Film Festival (Made in Luxembourg), March 2023, Luxembourg
  • Kinolub Int. Film Festival for Children and Youth (Main competition), June2022, Poland
  • Zlín Film Festival (Panorama), May 2022, Czech R
  • Pula Film Festival, Children’s and Youth Film Programms (Pulica), July 2022, Croatia
  • BIKY – Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival (Non-competative festival), July 2022, South Korea
  • Sarajevo Film Festival – Children Program (Children program), August 2022, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cinematik International Film Festival (Children program), September 2022, Slovakia
  • Kids Kino International Film Festival (Competition), September 2022, Poland
  • KinoKino FF Zagreb (Competition), September 2022, Croatia
  • Cineast, Luxembourg (CineYouth Program), October, 2022, Luxembourg
  • Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience (Competition), October 2022, Germany
  • Sharjah International Film Festival For Children & Youth (Competition – Feature films), October 2022, Emirate of Sharjah
  • Cinekid Festival (Competition), October 2022, Netherland
  • Filem’On – Brussels Children’s Film Festival (Competition), October 2022, Belgium
  • Festival of Slovenian Films (Competition), October 2022, Slovenia
  • Juniorfest (Competition), November 2022, Czech R
  • Liffe – Ljubljana International Film Festival (Kinobalon), November 2022, Slovenia
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (), November 2022, USA
  • Black Nights Film Festival – Just Film
  • International Children’s Programme (Competition), November 2022, Estonia
  • Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (), November 2022, Den Haag, Netherland
  • Youngabout (), November 2022, Bologna, Italy
  • K3 Film Festival (), December 2022, Villach, Austria
  • Film Festival in Gornji Milanovac, September 2023, Srbija
  • Buster – Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth, September 2023, Danska
  • Universal Kids Film Festival, Istanbul, October 2023, Turkey
  • Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival (Competition), October 2023, Egipt
  • “Rolan” International Film Festival for Children and Youth, November 2023, Armenia

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