Shooting Blanks

by Žiga Virc

Poslednji heroj, 2023, fiction, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), 24, c, 82 min
Finished
SI, GR, HR, IT

When German supermarket chain decides to demolish a monument to a partisan hero to build a shopping mall, the hero’s son France declares war on the Jerry enemy and stages a spectacular reception for its representative – who is Greek. In the midst of this game of partisans vs. the occupier, France’s daughter Vida and her husband Toni are trying to conceive a baby when a shocking family secret is revealed. A black comedy about a family fighting an external enemy and ending up at war with itself.

screenwriters
Iza Strehar, Žiga Virc
script consultants
Maja Križnik, Luka Marčetić, Saša Eržen, Anja Krušnik Cirnski, Ana Kovačič
director
Žiga Virc
producer
Boštjan Virc
co-producers
Minos Nikolakakis, Siniša Juričić
associate producer
Vicky Miha
animator
Eugene Smichnik
director of photography
Fabris Šulin
film editor
Vladimir Gojun
production designer
Grega Nartnik
costume designer
Tina Hribernik
key make-up artist
Lea Bratušek
sound designer
Leandros Ntounis
featuring
Eva Jesenovec, Primož Pirnat, Jurij Drevenšek, Janez Škof, Špela Rozin, Milena Knez, Živa Selan, Nataša Babič, Bine Matoh, Nebojša Pop Tasić, Jernej Kogovšek, Matej Pušnik, Janja Majzelj, Mojka Končar, Angeliki Papoulia, Stane Tomazin, Marjuta Slamič, Laura Petrinec, Andreja Škrabec, Lia Pavrič, Minos Nikolakakis, Iza Strehar, Michael Manske, Žiga Virc, Tadej Koren Šmid
production
Studio Virc
co-production
Nukleus film, Asphalt, Levante Produzioni, Asterisk Post, RTV Slovenija, ERT
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre, Creative Europe - MEDIA, Eurimages, Croatian Audiovisual Centre
distribution
Jučer
sales
Picture Tree International
Žiga Virc

“The film is an expression of anger and helplessness of my generation over our nation’s obsession with the past. Given the amount of real problems, it seems absurd to still be arguing about who was on the right side of our recent history. This is why history repeats itself in the film – not as tragedy, but as black comedy that metaphorically puts World War II back in its rightful place.”

WP:
Festival of Slovenian Film, Competition Feature Fiction, 2023