The Volta Cinema

by Martin Turk

Kino Volta, 2024, fiction, documentary, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), 80 min

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 an essay by the prominent Slovenian writer Drago Jančar.

based on the book by
Drago Jančar
Martin Turk
Martin Turk
Radovan Mišić
Marta Zaccaron
director of photography
Darko Herič
film editor
Giuseppe Leonetti
production designer
Elisabetta Ferrandino
costume designer
Polonca Valentinčič
key make-up artist
Angelina Rusin
sound designer
Julij Zornik
Danijel Malalan, Nikla Petruška Panizon, Adriano Giraldi, Franko Korošec, Andrea Germani, Francesco Godina, Daniel Grimstone, Rachel Roisin Browne, Paolo Venier
Incipit film, RTV Slovenija
Slovenian Film Centre, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission - FVG, Regional audiovisual fund Friuli Venezia Giulia

Radovan Mišič

Martin Turk

Martin Turk was born in 1978 in Trieste, Italy, and graduated from the Ljubljana Film Academy. He is alumni of Cannes Cinefondation Residence (2009). His short films include "A SLICE OF LIFE" (Premiers Plans d'Angers, Best Slovenian Short Film 2006), "EVERY DAY IS NOT THE SAME" (Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2008), "STEALING THE CORN" (Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2010), "A WELL-SPENT AFTERNOON" (Oberhausen SFF, Promotional Award Children's Film Competition, 2016), and "AROUND THE CORNER" (Uppsala SFF, 2023). His feature films include "FEED ME WITH YOUR WORDS" (Tallinn Black Nights, 2012), "GOOD DAY’S WORK" (Busan IFF, 2018) and "DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE" (Rome IFF – Alice nella Citta, 2019).

Trieste Film Festival, Documentaries out of competition, 2024