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PAPPENSTORY
A story about Slovenian amateur theater SAG Trieste

Synopsis

 The institution of the Slovene theatre in Trieste was a fundamental cultural space of the Slovene minority in Italy, and represented a platform for cultural development and critical perception of social reality. When in the 70s, a group of young artists was dissatisfied by the theatre’s increasing willingness to subordinate itself to current political authorities, they decided to establish the Slovene amateur theatre SAG. The SAG involved a host of enthusiastic young thinkers and creators, while Sergej Verč, Boris Kobal, Bogomila Kravos and Ivan Verč represented its soul.

While the SAG collective mainly wished to hold a critical mirror to the Slovene conditions in the region of Trieste, their creativity that did not conform to ruling conventions was quickly recognized by the public across the border as well.

Their work was received with great acclaim and widespread enthusiasm among the audience, and made recurring successful appearances also in home Slovenia, then still a part of Yugoslavia.

In 1975 they wanted to stage provocative play, the satirical cabaret Pappenstory (or “the story of grubbing”), which they did in secret. The cabaret aimed to satirize the Slovene leftist political and cultural elites of the Trieste region. In October of 1975, the SAG was invited to a meeting with the umbrella organization of the Slovene minority in Italy. The young artists were expecting a friendly chat or perhaps financial support from the Slovene Cultural and Economic Association and its leaders, but reality was altogether unforeseen.

The story of the SAG is not only the story of some theatre collective and its age. First and foremost, it is a treatment of the conflict between politics and the arts, and a story of the “grubby” ways of authority, whether right-wing or left-wing, that time and again pursues its own interests as opposed to the interests of the national and social communities.

Logline

In turbulent times of 70ties, young group of people form amateur theatre in Trieste, border city between Italy and Slovenia. Idealistically believing it’s their obligation to critically address political issues relevant to their society, they start to prepare provocative play Pappenstory – Munchstory, what will eventually lead them to lose all financial support and gradual shutdown of the theater. Documentary film about collision of art and politics.

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CREATIVE CREW

Director: MARTIN TURK
Writers: BOGOMILA KRAVOS, MARTIN TURK
Producer: IDA WEISS
Coproducer: MARTA ZACCARON
Director Of Photography: RADOVAN ČOK, zfs
Editor: JURIJ MOŠKON
Music: DARIO SAVRON
Sound: FRANCESCO MOROSINI, HAVIR GERGOLET, MARCO CECOTTO, VJEKOSLAV MIKEZ

FEATURING

BORIS KOBAL
BOGOMILA KRAVOS
IVAN VERČ
SERGEJ VERČ
and
Rudi Pavšič, Vojmir Tavčar, Marij Maver, Štefka Drolc, Adrijan Rustja, Igor Tuta, Boris Mihalič, Lidija Sosič, Marina Gulin, Silvester Metlika, Anica Žerjal, Jasna Petaros, Dario Frandolič, Luciana Pribac, Julijana Sosič, Aldo Pipan, Rossana Tul, Alenka Cepar, Karel Mezgec, Marko Kravos

PRODUCTION

BELA FILM
in coproduction with
QUASAR MULTIMEDIA and
RTV SLOVENIJA
financial support:
SLOVENSKI FILMSKI CENTER
FONDO AUDIOVISIVO DEL FRIULI VENEZIA GUILIA

TECHNICAL DATA

Duration: 49 min.
Format: Full HD, 16:9, color
Sound: Stereo
Languages: Slovenian, Italian
Year of production: 2017

Category
Documentary