Slovenia 2007, Feature film, 90' | Director, Screenplay Hanna A. W. Slak | DoP Karina Kleszczewska | Editor Miloš Kalusek, Tomica Pavlica | Sound Hanna Preuss | Music Bartlomiej Gliniak | Cast Nikolaj Burger, Pina Bitenc, Marko Mandic, Sandi Krošl, Tatjana Šojic, Manca Dorrer, Žan Marolt, Senad Bašic, Gruša Kocica, Špela Petkovšek, Maj Klemenc | Production Gustav Film

On his tenth birthday some strange things are happening in the venerable magic forest in which Martin lives with his parents and grandfather. First clumsy Teah and her mother move into the house from the city, and then strange marks suddenly appear on the trees. Do Martin's school friends, who like to annoy him, have anything to do with it? Or are all the old trees to be felled to make way for a new motorway? Even his best friend, the old chestnut tree, looks worried.

Martin looks for a chance to preserve the magic, but he has to learn to look reality in the eye. His mother thinks that it is time he found some real friends, made of flesh and blood. Together with them, Martin can face up to reality, fight for the survival of the forest.

A highly imaginative film full of fairy-tale images. The cleft between the real world out there and one's own intact world of spirits and elves can be overcome with patience, respect and sincerity.


HANNA SLAK, born in Warsaw in 1975, studied at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. She is a writer and director of several international award-winning short films. Her first film FREAKquencies won the young talent award at the Munich film school festival. In 1999, she was named the best aspiring young Slovenian film-maker. Her first feature film Blind Spot won the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 12th Cottbus Film Festival. She is currently completing her experimental film Matter of Time, which she shot with an international crew in Berlin.

Hanna A. W. Slak
Feature Film
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