Estrellita
Metod Pevec

Synopsis

Dora Fabiani is a piano teacher, but more significantly, for 30 years she was a wife and muse to a violinist Mihael Fabiani. He was more successful, but she was his right hand. After his unexpected death, Dora discovers that she was not the only woman in his life and that her husband had kept a good deal of his intimate life to himself.

She is deeply hurt by his betrayal. At that point, a modest boy (Amir) from a poor family enters her life. Amir, who claims that he used to play with her late husband in some rather disreputable pub, would like to have a chance to play on Fabiani's precious violin just for once. Dora listens to him play. It turns out that the boy is talented, but he lacks a proper musical education and he does not have an instrument of his own. Amir starts coming to her place to play the violin, and Dora senses that the precious instrument should pass on to the boy. She arranges that the boy is given music lessons and pays attention to his progress.

However, a series of conflicts is triggered by Dora's son, Julian, who appreciates just the financial value of the violin and claims his legitimate share. While Dora is interested primarily in the musical destiny of the instrument, Julian sees just a pile of money he could make by selling it. Since Dora turns a deaf ear to him, Julian decides to take his claim to the poor and unhappy family who place high hopes in the instrument.

Yet Julian, a typical spoiled bourgeois bloke, is unprepared for what follows. When he meets Amir's beautiful and determined mother, the crucial conflict turns into a relationship that is much closer to love than to hatred.

director's statement

For quite a while, I flirted with the title Feeling Blue Tonight - somehow it seemed more fitting. Yet sadness is believed to be commercially unattractive, no matter how much I doubt it. On many festive occasions, I’ve witnessed that people at the peak of the party long to sing or to listen to those beautiful but very sad songs. This film story develops within a classic triangle of love, sadness and music. Basically, there’s something tragic in all great love stories, and beautiful sad songs describe them best, we all know that – but why do we find so much pleasure in this sadness? I was not interested in the pathetic and almost vulgar sadness, but in that rare, cultivated sadness, that inexplicable marvellous feeling that refines people and gives them a special glow.
— Metod Pevec

Crew

director and screenwriter
director of photography
music by
 
Mario Schneider
editor
sound designer
 
Thomas Neumann
sound recordist
production designer
costume designer
make up artist
producer
 
 
Jörg Rothe
co-producer
Davor Pušić
production manager
 
Björn Eggert

Actors

Dora
Amir
Marko Kovačevik
Izet
Senad Bašić
Sabina
Mediha Musliović
Ignacija
Karin Komljanec
Nina
Ana Temeljotov
Julijan
Tadej Troha

Data

Year
2007
Genre
feature
Film format 
35 mm (posneto na S16 mm) 
Video format 
Digital BETACAM 
Lenght 24fps 
97 minut 
Length 25fps 
2765 metrov 
Sound 
Dolby Digital SR-D 
aspect ratio 
1:1.85 (film), 16:9 (video) 
color 
 
language 
 
translation 
 
 
v barvah
25 fps 
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