Seventeen-year-old Iva is in the process of coming to terms with the death of her mother. Influenced by this deep personal loss and by the discovery that she didn’t know everything about her mom, the girl slowly immerses herself into a strange, almost dreamlike world far from reality.
- Special Jury Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Slovenia's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards
- Doroteja Nadrah
- Kristoffer Joner
- Zita Fusco
- Matej Zemljič
- Zoja Florjanc Lukan
- Matija Vastl
- Sonja Prosenc
- Mitja Ličen
- Frida Eggum Michaelsen
Prosenc has kept her intensely sensorial approach that impressed audiences and critics alike in her first film, but has moved away from the socio-political angle that it had, focusing on intimate family relations, and particularly the main protagonist's inner world.
Mitja Ličen's cinematography is rich and varied, and so are the settings.
Combined with the score, featuring some of Bach's most sweeping choral pieces, the sound and images create a distinct world that belongs to Iva – and where reality and imagination overlap without any clear borders.
In my second film I move away from the socio-political angle that marked my debut feature, but the intimate tale of Iva and her family still derives from a reflection on society: the currently prevalent nihilism, violence, and emotional detachment.
After she graduated from university, Sonja attended Berlinale and SarajevoTalents, co-founded the Monoo production house, and was selected for TorinoFilmLab. Her award-winning and critically acclaimed first feature THE TREE (2014) was the Slovenian candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Her approach to film language has so far been appreciated by both cinephiles and film critics, and she was described as “a distinctively talented young filmmaker... who can tell a story in a startlingly unconventional manner” by The Hollywood Reporter. Sonja has also been selected among eight notable up-and-coming European female directors by Cineuropa. Her second feature HISTORY OF LOVE (2018), a Slovenian-Italian-Norwegian co-production, has received several development awards and has also been supported by Eurimages.