The Volta Cinema
by Martin Turk
The central stage of the film is the city of Trieste – one of the commercial and cultural centers of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the early 20th century. At that time, “new art” flourished: cinematography, which, in conjunction with the then-unknown writer James Joyce, enabled a group of aspiring Trieste citizens to become a part of the film history of Slovenia, Italy, Ireland, and Romania. An ambitious team of cinephiles opened theatres in the early 20th century – not only in their own city but also in Bucharest and Dublin. Obviously, they were not bothered by any customs barriers, tax restrictions, special state regulations, national or ideological prejudices… They share their love of the new art – and of course the earnings with it – and see the European space as an open venue where one can feel at home practically everywhere. Kino Volta is a film about nostalgia for a historical period long gone, for a vision of dreams, ambitions, and enthusiasm for a new means of communication that we nowadays take for granted. The screenplay is based on a novel by the prominent Slovenian writer Drago Jančar.
Martin Turk (1978, it) graduated in film and TV directing from the AGRFT. His films have been screened at film festivals worldwide, including Cannes – Quinzaine. In 2009, Turk was selected for the 18th session of the Cannes Cinefondation Residence. In October 2018, his feature Good Day’s Work premiered at the Busan IFF. The film was produced by the Turkish public television TRT, Obala Art Centar Sarajevo, and Bela Film Ljubljana in the context of the Sarajevo FF pilot project Sarajevo City of Global Screen. In October 2019, Turk’s third feature Don’t Forget to Breathe premiered in the competition section of the Rome FF Alice Nella Citta, dedicated to youth films. Turk’s filmography from 2015 includes two documentary features: Pappenstory (2017), Doberdob (2015).