Kaj + Ester Forever

by Tosja Flaker Berce

Kaj pa Ester?, 2023, fiction, digital DCP, 1,5:1 (3:2), 25, c, 84 min
Finished
SI

Ester is excited about starting high school, but problems arise as soon as she learns that her ex-boyfriend Kaj has enrolled in the same school with the intention of getting closer to her once again. With all her classmates siding with Kaj, Ester finds an ally in Vanda, with whom - in order to get the approval of her classmates and Vanda's parents - they start pretending to be a couple. At first, the plan seems to work, but new emotions quickly complicate the situation.

screenwriters
Tosja Flaker Berce, Andraž Jerič
director
Tosja Flaker Berce
producers
Jerca Jerič, Andraž Jerič
co-producers
Peter Perunović, Katja Getov, Janez Kovič, Julij Zornik, Teo Rižnar
associate producer
Luka Marčetić
animators
Luka Marčetić, Dominik Mencej
director of photography
Peter Perunović
film editors
Špela Murenc Škulj, Luka Marčetić
production designer
Žan Šabeder
costume designer
Katarina Šavs
key make-up artists
Jerneja Mevželj, Ivana Kristina Mohar
sound designers
Peter Žerovnik, Samo Jurca
featuring
Katja Predan, Bojan Cvjetićanin, Diana Kolenc, Veronika Železnik, Suzana Krevh, Mila Peršin, Filip Mramor, Miha Hočevar, Alenka Kraigher, Iztok Bevk, Nina Valič, Žiga Čamernik, Miranda Trnjanin, Matej Tunja, Barbara Berce, Maks Mihelič, Miha Jakovljević, Žan Brelih Hatunić, Ajda Pirtovšek
production
Temporama
co-production
Gliser, Studio Arkadena, 001, NuFrame
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre
distribution
Gustav film
sales
Gustav film
Tosja Flaker Berce

Tosja Flaker Berce je rojen leta 1987 v Ljubljani. Diplomiral je na Akademiji za gledališče, radio, film in televizijo (AGRFT) iz filmske in televizijske režije s kratkim filmom Časotresk (2012). Kot scenarist je sodeloval pri vseh treh sezonah televizijske serije V dvoje (2015-2019). Kaj pa Ester? je njegov celovečerni prvenec. Rad ima dež.

“I always thought high school was a great environment to set a film in, because seemingly everything is possible and everything is allowed there. The audience is not so judgmental towards these characters because they understand that they don't really have things figured out. It seems to me that this is similar to the whole experience of life - what is life other than simply growing up? Adulthood is like a kind of illusion in which we pretend that everything is clear to us, or at least should be, but that's far from reality. When I was in high school myself, I had a dream that one day I would bring something different to Slovenian cinema and that I had to do something in that respect. Two decades later, I know that it is impossible to do that by myself, but at least I have achieved one of my life goals, which is to have my own film in the cinema. The next goal is to make an even better film.”