April 12, 2013 | posted in Filmmakers
Follow four generations of the Mirgas in “Shanghai Gypsy,” a film from Slovenia. The film won the best screenplay award at the Montréal Festival of Foreign Films.
The film, directed by Marko Naberšnik, is a story about “eternal longing for happiness, a story about love and family ties,” explains the film’s Facebook page.
You will hear the story through its protagonist, Lutvija Belmondo Mirga, a gypsy king who decided to establish his own gypsy village and name it Shanghai. The film takes place in the Prekmurje region of Slovenia, noted for its strong representation of gypsy families.
The film is Naberšnik’s second feature. His first, “Rooster’s Breakfast,” was one of the biggest box office hits in Slovenia in 2007 and was lauded by audiences in Slovenia and abroad. The film received the Victor—a national award equivalent to the Oscars—for special achievements and was the Slovenian candidate for the Oscar.
During a film directing course at the New York Film Academy in 1996, Naberšnik made his first short film “The Beginning.” He moved on to study film and TV directing at the Ljubljana Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), University of Ljubljana. He graduated in 2002 and in 2010 he completed his master’s degree.
In Montreal, “Shanghai Gypsy” was nominated for a total of eight awards. A proud Naberšnik says, “The award ensures the distribution of the film abroad and gives the opportunity to develop new projects.”
Cleveland screenings of the film will be introduced by Slovenian producer Bostjan Ikovic and Clevelander Joe Valencic, who wrote the English subtitles for the film. The film is sponsored by the Cleveland Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian-American Business Association.
--Anne M. DiTeodoro
Photo: Lead actor Boštjan Ikovic. Photo by Meaghan Earley.
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