Half-Sister

Please log in to watch films (restrictions may apply)

  1. Extra

    Half-Sister

    Polsestra

    Directed by

    Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia

    2019

    105 min

    • Albanian
    • Slovenian

    Drama

    Half-sisters who were never that close are forced by circumstance to share a flat in Ljubljana.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Urša Menart
    Liza Marijina
    Jurij Drevenšek
    Peter Musevski
    Anja Novak
    Labina Mitevska
    Damjana Černe
    Screenplay
    Damjan Kozole
    Urša Menart
    Ognjen Sviličić
    Cinematography
    Miladin Čolaković
    Editing
    Jurij Moškon
    Atanas Georgiev

    Director's Statement

    This film talks about people who are incapable of showing affection. The way we communicate with others always expresses our desires, fears and frustrations. When we do this in an arrogant, aggressive way, we are often concealing our own vulnerability. This is a film about two women who want nothing to do with each other and deny any similarity between them. At the end, though, they uncover what they are both refusing to understand. A few years ago, I found myself in an unexpected situation, I had to confront with the possibility that there could be somebody who shares my blood of whom I wasn’t aware of. This confused and strange feeling sparked the story about two grumpy and stubborn, but good and vulnerable women, who barely know each other. They hate each other but, in reality, have no idea why. I have always been fascinated by people who, because of their feelings or beliefs, are ready to let go of everything and start a new life from scratch. Sometimes things don’t always work out the way we had hoped or wanted.

    Production
    VERTIGO

    Press

    The film's moderate tempo helps audiences recognize the message about the importance of communication and the way it can alleviate the damage that irrational hatred brings to families and individuals.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    The work of versatile and acclaimed DoP Čolaković makes the best of the claustrophobic flat setting, while exteriors switch between Izola seaside and bits of urban Ljubljana.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Kozole seems to be consciously avoiding the pessimism that often prevails in this part of the world.

    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

    Damjan Kozole

    Damjan Kozole

    Slovenia

    Damjan Kozole (born in 1964) is one of the most recognized Slovenian filmmakers. In his films “some of the most raffish, funky and even sordid characters discover their own humanity” (Alissa Simon, Variety). Sight & Sound ranked his SPARE PARTS (2003) among 10 most important films of the New Europe. After Berlinale Competition premiere, film won many awards on more than 50 festivals where it was screened. Released in more than 20 countries, it received one of the best reviews of the year from Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw who said “Kozole has given us one of the most powerful and provocative movies of the year”. LABOUR EQUALS FREEDOM (2005) premiered at Locarno IFF and was awarded Grand Prix and Best Director Award in Valencia. FOREVER (2008) premiered at Rotterdam IFF and SLOVENIAN GIRL (2009) opened in Sarajevo and Toronto IFF, received many awards in more than 70 festivals and has been released in more than 30 countries (incl. France, USA , Germany and UK). His latest film HALF-SISTER (2019) premieres at the 54th KVIFF as part of the official selection.

    Selected Filmography