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DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE

Synopsis

Everything changes for a 15-year old Klemen, when his older brother Peter (18), he is very attached to, falls in love with beautiful Sonja (18). A film about summer mysteries.

Fifteen-year-old Klemen lives with his elder brother Peter and single mother in a small and remote rural town. Klemen’s well-established routine of spending time with his beloved brother on the tennis court and by the nearby river gets interrupted by Peter’s sudden and passionate love affair with his gorgeous peer Sonja, which triggers in Klemen a torrent of conflicting emotions.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“Don’t Forget to Breathe is an intimate drama about growing up, jealousy, first love, and strong emotions that one is often overcome with during this period of life. Through the eyes of a 15-year-old, I wanted to show this difficult but essential life period, one marked by dramatic confusion, irrational impulses, impetuous arrogance and the anxiety of letting go of one’s childhood, coupled with a newfound and powerful attraction to the opposite sex, with all the unavoidable experiences that push and shove a child to transcend into the world of adults.
I believe adolescent impressions are fundamental and formative to the human condition, as well as being relatable and universal, though we in our daily routines so often forget how profoundly they shaped our adult personalities.“ Martin Turk

FESTIVALS
  • 17. ALICE NELLA CITTA (competition), Rome (Italy), 17.-27.10.20189 – World premiere
  • 17. ZAGREB FILM FESTIVAL (competition program PLUS), Zagreb (Croatia), 7.-17.11.2019
  • 19th BRUSSELS MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL – Cinémamed (competition program), Brussels (Belgium), 29.11. – 7.12.2019
REVIEWS

“In Don’t Forget to Breathe we observe the “great awakening” of the main protagonist, unfurling through his rite of passage in a key period of human maturing, against the backdrop of a hot summer in blossoming nature. Summer in the province is here essential for the narrative: here, the season isn’t just playing the part of a mere scenic adornment but is also a powerful participant; not just an actor but a supreme demiurge, a force majeure that – as if in Greek drama – tosses its helpless heroes into a chaotic world, setting them before tribulations whose outcomes can’t be predicted, and whose consequences will only emerge as the wheel of time makes its turn. Only one thing is certain – this is the one, unforgettable summer that will forever shape their lives.” Matic Majcen, Film critic

 

“…This is why Don’t Forget to Breathe is a film that will most deeply affect those who are themselves immersed in the whirlwinds of incomprehensible overwhelming longings, disappointments, hopes … who know, feel and believe they are at once nothing and everything, no one and someone … alongside all those who’ve already stepped over the thresholds of their own futures yet still carry within a living, tangible memory of vulnerable youth. Finally, it will also be appreciated by those who perhaps ” in haste of our daily lives forgot already all those formative feelings that have shaped our personalities decisively”, as the author personally puts it. It may be perceived as a reminder that each new generation is shaped its own way, though perpetually on the foundations of the common human condition, the universal struggle with the terrifyingly mysterious depths of man’s spirit and incomprehensible universe.” Andrej Šprah, Film theoretician

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CREATIVE CREW


Written and Directed by MARTIN TURK
Producer IDA WEISS
Coproducers MARTA ZACCARON, DARIJA KULENOVIĆ GUDAN, MARINA ANDREE ŠKOP
Director Of Photography RADISLAV JOVANOV - GONZO
Editor BEPPE LEONETTI
Music Composer TEHO TEARDO
Co-writer GORAZD TRUŠNOVEC
Production Designer MARCO JURATOVEC
Costume Designer EMIL CERAR
Make-Up Artist MOJCA GOROGRANC PETRUSHEVSKA
Sound Designer RICCARDO SPAGNOL
Re-recording mixer JULIJ ZORNIK
Location sound mixer ANTONIO PETRIS
Production manager MATIJA KOZAMERNIK

CAST


MATIJA VALANT (Klemen)
TINE UGRIN (Peter)
KLARA KUK (Sonja)
RONJA MATIJEVEC JERMAN (Jana)
JAKOB CILENŠEK (Gregor)
IVA KRAJNC BAGOLA (Alma)
NIKOLA ĐURIČKO (Miro)
MIHA RODMAN (Andrej)

PRODUCTION


BELA FILM

in coproduction with
QUASAR MULTIMEDIA (Italy)
STUDIO DIM (Croatia)
RTV SLOVENIJA
RAI CINEMA

Supported by
SLOVENIAN FILM CENTER
FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA AUDIOVISUAL FUND
CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTER
CREATIVE EUROPE - MEDIA PROGRAMM
RE-ACT DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
FILM STUDIO VIBA FILM

Global sales agent
INTRAMOVIES (Italy)

TECHNICAL DATA


Original title: Ne pozabi dihati
Length: 98 min.
Format: DCP, color
Ratio: 1:1,66
Frame rate: 25fps
Sound: 5.1.
Countries Of Origin: Slovenia, Italy, Croatia
Language: Slovenian
Year Of Production: 2019 (October)
Genre: Drama, Art house, Coming-Of-Age

Category
Fiction, Full-length