SPORTS DAY

LOGLINE


Lucian (13) applies for the skiing sports day at school, even though he can’t ski at all. Lucian doesn’t want to be an outsider. He wants to fit in.

SYNOPSIS


LUCIJAN is a 13-year-old boy who wants to belong. He doesn’t want to be ridiculed, so he decides to sign up for skiing on the school sports day, even though he can’t ski at all. One lie leads to another and Lucian finds himself in a situation from which he cannot escape.

CREATIVE CREW


Written and directed by: AUGUST ADRIAN BRAATZ
Producer: IDA WEISS
Director Of Photography: PETER PERUNOVIĆ
Editor: NIK LAVRIČ
Music: AUGUST ADRIAN BRAATZ
Art Director: MAJA ŠAVC
Costume Designer: PIA GORIŠEK
Make-Up Artist: EVA URŠIČ
Recording Mixer: VINCENT LAURENCE
Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer: SAMO JURCA

CAST


EMIL KULOVIĆ – Lucijan

ROBERT PREBIL – Teacher / TILEN KOLBE – Val / LINA GODNOV – Lina / ANA FACCHINI – Mother / BLAŽ VALIČ – Plumer

PRODUCTION


SENCA STUDIO (Sloveniia)

Coproducers:
ADRIAN FILM
NuFRAME
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GLISER

Financial support:
Slovenian Film Center, Creative Europe- MEDIA Program, Film studio Viba Film

With the kind support of:
FTT Sumus, Hotel Cerkno d.o.o. – Ski Cerkno, Primary School Mirana Jarca, Ljubljana; Transportation Špik – Miroslav Špik s.p., MB Grip

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT


»The film is autobiographical because Lucian’s decision in the script was actually my own. Since the accident, which left no physical but long-lasting psychological consequences, I have been asking myself why my classmates laughed at and ridiculed someone that was involved in an accident. I dusted off this story and decided to write the script after seeing a montage of epic fail videos. I’ve been wondering why we like to gloat at others’ misfortunes and why our society desperately craves videos, where we can witness serious injuries.« August Adrian Braatz, writer & director

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY


August Adrian Braatz was born in Berlin in 1993. He graduated in film directing at Ljubljana academy AGRFT. During his studies, he directed short documentary film “Laughter” (2015), which successfully travelled the world festival circuit. His graduation film “Robbed Soul” was screened at number of festivals and received a special mention at LIFFE-International film festival of directing. In 2019 he produced, directed, and wrote the experimental short fiction film about the refugee crisis” The Vacation”. During lockdown, he produced and directed short experimental film “Separation-19” which also successfully traveled film festivals. “Future Nostalgia” is another self-produced experimental short film, made in the summer 2021 and premiered at the Festival of Slovenian Films. He also works as a music composer. His musical credits, among others, include two feature films: Good Day’s Work by M. Turk (premiere Busan IFF 2018) and Familienleben by R. H. Ziegler (premiere Berlinale-Panorama 2018). He directs music videos and works as an assistant director. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Slovenia.

FESTIVALS


  • FeKK – Ljubljana Short Film Festival (Competition), August 2023
  • Tirana International Film Festival (Panorama_KIDs 11+ Competition), September 2023, Albania
  • Festival Of Slovenian Films (Competition), October 2023
  • 39th Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (Short Competition), October 2023, Egypt
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Short Competition), November 2023, USA
  • Premiers Plans – Angers Film Festival (Short Competition), January 2024, France

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