Playing Men
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    Playing Men

    Directed by

    Croatia, Slovenia


    61 min

    • German
    • Croatian
    • Italian
    • Slovenian


    PLAYING MEN is a documentary essay about the relationships among Mediterranean men and their games. The film takes the form of a travelogue across Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Turkey, and examines men, young and old, who come together like their ancestors did – to play games. During filming, however, the director suddenly faces a serious creative crisis and turns the camera on himself, turning the film into a playful homage to absurdity.


    • Georges de Beauregard Prize - FID Marseille
    • Vesna Award - Slovene FF
    • Cine + Distribution Support Award - Belfort IFF



    Matjaž Ivanišin
    Gregor Božič
    Matic Drakulić


    A documentary that playfully (pun intended) explores the mentality and traditions connected to the word "play" and its various uses.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Matjaž Ivanišin

    Matjaž Ivanišin


    God has intended men to enjoy themselves with many games. Games bring them comfort and dispel their boredom. - Alfonso X of Castile

    Matjaž Ivanišin (1981, Slovenia) began studying at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana in 2000. There he studied to be a director for Film and Television. Since his graduation in 2007, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker. In 2013, KARPOTROTTER is the first film of his to be screened at IFFR. His second feature, PLAYING MEN, was selected at Belfort IFF where it won the Cine + Distribution Support Award. His latest film OROSLAN was selected in the Concorso Cineasti del presente section at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival.

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