In Slovenia, then Yugoslavia, 1965 - 1971 marked the years of the avant-garde art movement known as The OHO group, which to this day inspires many artists, including Marina Abramović. OHO was an art movement of freedom and is considered one of the most interesting, complex, and important examples of post-war avant-garde art in Central and Eastern Europe. A documentary film about OHO, rich in archival materials, will for the first time comprehensively present this inspiring phenomenon of intertwining art and life. The group's main members are still alive. In addition to the historical presentation of the OHO, the film will trace - through the personal stories of its members and presentation of their later work - OHO's ideas through time, up to the present day, to explore the relevance of OHO for today.
Damjan Kozole is a Slovenian filmmaker, whose directing credits include critically acclaimed Spare Parts (2003), nominated for the Golden Bear at the 53rd Berlin IFF 2003; globally released Slovenian Girl (2009); Nightlife (2016), winner of Best Director Award at the 51st Karlovy Vary IFF; and his last fiction feature Half-Sister (2019). Kozole is also a respectable author of many documentary films like Ulay: Project Cancer (2013) and Borders (2016).
Vertigo Ljubljana is a Slovenian production company with a distinctive track record and extensive experience with international co-productions. Vertigo’s carefully balanced slate consists of various formats, from high-end art-house features, socially engaging documentaries, selected shorts to TV series.
More than 40 feature films, 20 documentaries and short films and TV series include award-winning titles such as Pero by Damjan Kozole (SI, feature doc, 2023; Official Selection of the IFF Rotterdam), The Happiest Man in the World by Teona Mitevska (MK/BE/SI/DK/HR/BA, 2022; Venice FF - Orizzonti, Toronto IFF, Grand Jury Prize at the Les Arcs EFF 2022), Wake Me by Marko Šantić (SI/HR/RS, 2022; Black Nights FF - Critic’s Pick Competition), Small Body by Laura Samani (IT/SI/FR, 2021; Cannes FF Critic’s Week 2021; European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI at the European Film Awards 2022), Reconciliation by Marija Zidar (SI/RS/MW/XK, feature doc, 2021; CPH:DOX, IDFA, Sarajevo FF, DokuFest Priznren Main Award), Otac – Father by Srdan Golubović (RS/FR/DE/SI/HR/BA, 2020; Ecumenical Prize and Audience Award at the Berlinale - Panorama), An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanović (BA/SI/FR, 2013, Silver Bear - grand Jury Prize at Berlinale 2013, shortlisted for the international feature film at the Academy awards 2014), Alexandrians by Metod Pevec (SI/IT, feature doc, 2011; Best Documentary at Trieste FF), Bread and Milk by Jan Cvitković (SI, 2001; Lion of the Future at Venice FF 2001), and Half-Sister (SI/MK/RS, 2019; Karlovy Vary IFF - Main Competition), Nightlife (SI/MK/BA, 2016; Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary IFF), Slovenian Girl (SI/DE/HR/RS, 2009; Toronto IFF, Sarajevo FF, Busan IFF, released in more than 30 countries, incl. France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and USA), and Spare Parts (SI, 2003, Berlinale Competition) all by Damjan Kozole.