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RIDERS

By Dominik Mencej

Slovenia

Co-Production Market 2018

ORIGINAL TITLE

Riders

english titlE

Riders

 

 

 

director

Dominik Mencej

DIRECTORS BIO

Born in 1987 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. From 2007 to 2008 he studied Graphic and Interactive communication. He was accepted to the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (Uni of Ljubljana). He graduated in Film and television directing. He is developing his first feature film “Riders”.

LOGLINE

Nakon odgledanog Easy Rider-a, dva prijatelja sa sela prave čopere od mopeda i odlaze u potragu za bogom i ljubavi.

synopsis

It's 1999 in a small village of Slovenia. Two best friends TOMAŽ (23) and ANTON (23), after watching »Easy Rider«, decide to transform their mopeds into chopper-like vehicles. Tomaž is a dreamer and religious while Anton wants to be an outsider. They embark on a journey where they meet PETER (60), a true biker who has wandered the world and a young documentary filmmaker ANA (22). Anton's girlfriend TINA (19) went to study in Ljubljana and hasn't written him in months. When he meets her, he finds out that she has already forgotten him. Ana wants to film them for a documentary and they go to a blessing of bikes where Peter saves them from angry bikers. They continue together. Tomaž has a vision of a woman which he interprets as Medjugorje, a religious place where Virgin Mary appeared. Anton begins to think that Peter might be his father that he never knew. On the road Peter dies. This makes the young group grow and Anton decides to go on his own path like true »Easy Rider« riding Peter's bike. Tomaž and Ana continue to Medjugorje when a storm catches them. Tomaž tries to get his moped out of the mud, when he looks up and sees his exact vision in front of him. It’s Ana.

directors statement

I have always been fascinated by how somebody creates his or her own identity and a way of life. There are many factors that influence that; most important ones being events in our lives and decisions in given moments, even if they are made completely subconsciously. In each moment of life there are thousands of possibilities what who will do and it is mostly conditioned by who this person has been until that moment. But people often limit themselves. However, in my film I am interested in those who dare to be free in making their decisions.

Thus the film introduces characters who want to be free and want to get out of the moulds of this world. Which is not that simple since each of them blocks his or her path to freedom. This is a film about growing up and realizing one’s internal wishes and getting to know oneself.

production company profile

Staragara institute with its film production label Staragara Production is mainly an arthouse company, dedicated to work with proclaimed inhouse film directors Janez Burger and Jan Cvitkovič as well as some carefully selected new film talents. We are developing stories with strong artistic and personal note, using as form the presence of universal film language.

producers bio

Miha Černec was born in 1975 in Ljubljana. He was one of the founders of the cultural journal Balcanis. During this period he became involved in film production where he is still active today. He is president of association of Slovenian film producers. He graduated at EAVE in 2014 and Ex- Oriente in 2015. In 2015 he was selected as Producer on the Move.

MAIN FILMOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF DIRECTOR

Scriptwriter/Director:

1. Prespana pomlad (2014)
The Springtime Sleep
Short film
LINK Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/106376525 Geslo: pr35p4n4

2. Smeti (2011) Garbage Day Short Documentary

MAIN FILMOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PRODUCER

1. Dan osvoboditve / Liberation day (2016) Dir.: Morten Traavik, Uġis Olte, 100 min, CO-PRODUCER

2. Ivan (2017)
Dir.: Janez Burger, feature film, 90 min, PRODUCER

3. Ples z Marijo/ Dancing with Maria (2014)
Dir.: Ivan Gergolet, documentary, 91 min, CO-PRODUCER

project type

Feature Film

shooting format

HD

length

90 min

color / B&W

Color

based on

Original script

languages

Croatian, Slovenian

locations

Croatia, Slovenia

budget

997.790.- Euro

finance in place

650.000.- Euro

production company

Staragara

OTHER DOCUMENTS

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