DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE | Bela Film | A film about summer mysteries.
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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
  • 67th PULA FILM FESTIVAL, Pula (Croatia), 18. – 26.7.2020
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

 

“Don’t Forget to Breathe, the third feature film by the Slovenian director Martin Turk, is a precious cinematographic gem, one of the films we shall find hard to forget. /…/ Turk’s sophisticated outlook, the touching and sensuous music by Teh0 Teardo, and Radislav Jovanov’s magnificent photography spin in a melancholic dance which shows us Klemen and his fellow travellers who give us the impression that they do not notice Klemen’s extreme anguish caused by the change he is going through.” Silvia Fabbri – Movie Trainer https://www.movietrainer.com/recensioni/dont-forget-to-breathe-splendido-e-intimo-gioiello-cinematografico-di-martin-turk

 

“Martin Turk has managed to translate the screenplay into a visually convincing film. With it, he returns to his childhood places and at the same time creates some sort of a visual poetry which helps him remember the sounds, sunrays and summer heat of the time.” Gianluca Vignola – Sentieri selvaggi https://www.sentieriselvaggi.it/romaff14-dont-forget-to-breathe-di-martin-turk/

 

“If watching the film brings you in mind of Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, it will be because of Martin Turk’s direction; his elegance and grace helps him present the story of a hot summer, first loves and pains. The magnificent and unpolluted Slovenian countryside, the setting of the story where we get to know the hero of the film intimately, is even more beautiful because of the evocative photography by Radislav Jovanov.” Roberto Puntato – Zerkalo Spettacolo https://www.zerkalospettacolo.com/dont-forget-to-breathe-martin-turk-racconta-la-vulnerabilita-inquieta-delladolescenza/

 

“The young heroes are portrayed by Matija Valant, Tine Ugrin and Klara Kuk, three new faces in the cinematic world, who are very successful at impersonating all the anxieties and joys brought along by young people’s discovery of life.” Alessia Marvuglia – Spettacolo https://www.spettacolo.eu/romaff14-dont-forget-to-breathe-recensione/

 

“Martin Turk has directed a miniature cinematographic gem.” Sofia Peroni – Parole a colori
http://paroleacolori.com/dont-forget-to-breathe-un-film-intimo-e-delicato-sul-primo-amore/

 

“With his film Don’t Forget to Breathe, Martin Turk reaches into the densely populated genre territory, and by directing it he has created one of the most outstanding recent Slovenian films.” Matic Majcen – Večer https://www.vecer.com/poletje-z-drugacnimi-ocmi-10135413

 

“While most films and other art creations for young people try to grab their supposedly limited attention span by quick tempo and uninterrupted action, the film Don’t Forget to Breathe is a refreshing contrast, allowing the hero to have an introspective look into the light that penetrates a spring leaf, letting the viewers feel the moral and emotional whirls that are affecting the hero.” Igor Harb – Vikend

 

“A special role, equal to that of the fantastic actors, particularly young Matija Valant, in Martin Turk’s film is the setting, the gentle and vast milieu of Bela Krajina, where every cloud, river or murmuring tree present an almost literal portrait of Klemen’s strong emotions, allowing them the necessary time to mature and die way.” Gaja Pöschl – Channel 3 of Radio Slovenija – Ars https://www.rtvslo.si/kultura/gledamo/ne-pozabi-dihati/515177

 

“Don’t Forget to Breathe is Turk’s sincerest and most mature feature film which makes us remember all the similar adolescence portraits of our summers spent with films.” Tina Lesničar – Delo https://www.delo.si/kultura/ocene/ocenjujemo-ne-pozabi-dihati-280432.html

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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