Spare Parts
Damjan Kozole

Synopsis

Krško, a small industrial town near the southern Slovenian border with Croatia. The only Slovene nuclear power plant is based at the outskirts of the city.

Ludvik, a former national speedway champion, is a bitter widower, who transports illegal immigrants every night from the Croatian to the Italian border with his van. His boss sends to him the young and inexperienced Rudi to serve as his assistant.

On the first drive Ludvik challenges Rudi a few times; a beautiful Macedonian girl is only one of their victims. Rudi experiences a moral dilemma. After returning home to Krško, they get drunk together and Ludvik accepts Rudi as one of his own. They go to races together and almost every night transport immigrants from all over the world past the nuclear plant. Rudi quickly gets rid of his moral reservations; he becomes tough and relentless.

The hope for better future, which Europe represents to the refugees, often turns into serious human drama through the depiction of the miserable existence of their "guides"…

director's statement

(dialogue from the film):
LUDVIK: Half of them end up like spare parts anyway.
RUDI: What spare parts?!
LUDVIK: Like spare parts. On the Italian side they drug them, they take out everything: heart, kidney, liver. Anything you can transplant. One kidney is 15000 Euros.
RUDI: Are you fucking with me?
LUDVIK: We are tourist guides in comparison with the other side.

Statement of the Director
Passports and visas are a formality to those who have them. But the person who does not, is like a Martian, stranded on a hostile planet. In the year 2000, 36.000 illegal immigrants have been captured in Slovenia: Africans, Kurds, Albanians, Chinese, Pakistanis, Macedonians… If only a quarter has been captured, we get to the number of 150.000. Therefore, 400 illegal emigrants pass Slovenia every day on their journey to »Europe«. A lot of money for the smugglers of human souls and a lot of human fates.
Krško is a small town by the Croatian border, known for its nuclear plant, cellulose industry and speedway races.
Spare Parts is a film about two smugglers from Krško and many illegal immigrants.

Crew

director and screenwriter
producer
director of photography
music by
editor
sound designer
sound recordist
Marjan Cimperman
production designer
costume designer
make up artist
production manager
Script supervisor

Actors

Ludvik
Rudi
Aljoša Kovačič
Rajc
Drago
Angela
Geri
Vladimir Vlaškalič
Ilinka
Verica Nedeska
Mirče
Zoran Ljutkov
Stari Albanec
Petre Arsovski
Kurdinja z otrokom
Valentina Gramosli
Mož Kurdinje
Tarek Rashid
Natakarica Sonja
Neda Bric

Data

Year
2003
Genre
feature
Film format 
35 mm 
Video format 
35mm 
Lenght 24fps 
2380 m 
Length 25fps 
83'29'' 
Sound 
Dolby Digital SR-D 
aspect ratio 
1,85:1 
color 
color 
language 
slovensko 
translation 
english 
 
 
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