Melting Dreams

by Haidy Kancler

Smučarske sanje, 2022, documentary, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), c, 83 min

In Bamyan, Afghanistan, three local girls trained by Ana, an instructor from Slovenia, dream of becoming professional skiers and compete at the Olympics. But when they arrive in Europe for intensive training, they face an unbridgeable cultural gap and the relentless reality of Europe’s professional sport.

Haidy Kancler, Iza Strehar, Boštjan Virc
Haidy Kancler
Boštjan Virc, Ari Matikainen, Sabine Gruber, Peter Drossler
director of photography
Heini Mäntylä
music composer
Victor Gangl
film editors
Matthias Gugler, Haidy Kancler
sound designers
Julij Zornik, Samo Jurca
Studio Virc
Flair Film, Kinocompany, RTV Slovenija
Slovenian Film Centre, Creative Europe - MEDIA, Austrian Film Institute, FISA Austria, Cine Tirol Film Commission, Finnish Film Foundation, YLE Finland, Al Jazeera
Cat & Docs
Haidy Kancler

The freelance film director Haidy Kancler (aka Maja Senekovič, 1982) graduated from the University of Media and Communication Arts in Maribor. After her first documentary High on life! (2009), she has predominantly worked in the documentary genre, embarking on a most eclectic journey through different countries, cultures, languages and professions, combining fiction, music videos, sports… Kancler’s filmography includes the following documentaries – Cheese With 7 Rinds (2017, short), The Deepest Man in a Swimsuit (2016), Rudolf the 4th of Habsburg – Short Tale (2015, short), Tidldibab (2015, short), Silent Victory (2015).