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– Slobodan Maksimović’s characteristic is a correct gem of a Christmas film, and shall be loved by youngsters and fogeys alike

Kaja Podreberšek and Gaj Črnič in Beanie

Wonders do occur round Christmas time in Ljubljana. They won’t be one thing we wished for, precisely, however they nonetheless have the flexibility to shock us. Santa exists, but there may be not just one, however somewhat a complete syndicate of them. A canine that falls into our laps as a present from the heavens won’t be the fitting breed or would possibly solely have three legs. And a thieving merchandising machine would possibly dispense its sweets and likewise spit out the entire cash it had stolen earlier than.

Not less than that is the case in Beanie, the third characteristic by Slobodan Maksimović. The movie is branded as the primary Slovenian Christmas film, and it has been touring the specialised festivals (and the specialised youngsters’s programmes of the common movie festivals) for the reason that spring. Its nationwide premiere is scheduled for the Pageant of Slovenian Movie, which is now beneath approach. Beanie has already been dubbed into a number of languages and can enter distribution in varied territories, together with its dwelling nation, in November, simply in time for Christmas.

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All Lučka (newcomer Kaja Podreberšek) wished for Christmas was a child sister and a pet. All Erik (Gaj Črnič, additionally a newcomer), who can also be referred to as “Beanie”, for apparent causes (he at all times has his beanie on), wished was to spend the vacations together with his dad and mom. As a substitute, he gained the lottery on the dwelling for teenagers the place he lives (and the place he’s bullied), and the prize was to spend Christmas Eve with Lučka’s household. Their final identify is Božič, which suggests “Christmas” in Slovenian, and that is precisely the joke that the house’s headmistress, Ana (Mojca Fatur), tries to crack.

So, as an alternative of getting the presents she so desired, Lučka has to spend a hygge-style Christmas together with her posh, but absent-minded, dad and mom Barbara (Ajda Smrekar) and Boris (Croatian actor Frano Mašković), and this boy from the youth dwelling who has the unusual behavior of carrying his beanie always. Her preliminary discontent doesn’t evaporate so simply. When she wakes up in the course of the night time, considering that she has seen Santa coming to her home, Erik follows her, first in an try to stop her from doing one thing silly, then to guard her, and ultimately taking the lead of their shared journey. Christmas Eve in Ljubljana might be scary, but additionally magical.

Engagingly written by Saša Eržen, effectively acted and cleverly directed, Beanie could possibly be considered top-of-the-line youngsters’s Christmas motion pictures. The ideas it offers with are easy, however they may also be refined, strike a deep emotional chord and inform a significant fact (as an illustration, that youngsters love their dad and mom even when they’re good-for-nothing drunks). Moreover, the chemistry between the younger actors is pure, whereas the extra skilled thesps pull some easy, efficient stunts, and the sense of directing, choosing predominantly wider pictures to place an emphasis on the environment, whereas including emotional significance to the close-ups, is spot on.

Beanie’s technical qualities are additionally top-notch. Sven Pepeonik’s cinematography captures the touristy and the not-so-touristy Ljubljana within the vacation interval, whereas Jurij Moškon’s modifying is pretty seamless. Michal Novinski’s rating, utilizing a variety of devices and evoking a neoclassical and jazzy temper, follows the emotion of the movie completely, and the animation and visible results by Michal Struss are additionally a helpful addition to the film.

Ultimately, children will take pleasure in Beanie, whereas the dad and mom accompanying them also needs to stay thinking about it. One can solely respect all the hassle and the emotion that will need to have been invested in such a mission.

Beanie is a co-production between Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia and Luxembourg. It was staged by Senca Studio in co-production with Wady Movies, Objectif, Studio Dim, RTV Slovenia, Radio and Tv Slovakia and Croatian Radio-Tv. Princ Movies handles the worldwide gross sales.

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