Role Model

by Nejc Gazvoda

Vzornik, 2023, fiction, 1,85:1, 25, c, 98 min
Finished
SI, CZ, IT, RS

After Maja's divorce, she and her son Jan relocate to a small town. Jan becomes a victim of bullying, Maja encounters hostility, and Jan finds comfort in a mysterious man. However, seeking solace comes at a price as they navigate the challenges of their new life.

screenwriters
Nejc Gazvoda, Tomislav Zajec
director
Nejc Gazvoda
producers
Andrej Štritof, Aleš Pavlin
co-producers
Ondrej Zima, Silvie Michajlova, Alessandro Borrelli, Nikolina Vučetić-Zečević
director of photography
Jan Šuster
music composer
Janja Lončar
film editor
Andrej Avanzo
production designer
Iris Čeh
costume designer
Katarina Šavs
key make-up artist
Anita Ferčak
sound designers
Boštjan Kačičnik, Matteo Di Simone
featuring
France Mandić, Mojca Funkl, Jure Henigman, Vesna Pernarčič, Klara Kuk, Marina Redžepović, Matej Puc, Luka Cimprič, Marko Engelman, Mirjam Korbar, Maša Žilavec, Alenka Kraigher, Daša Doberšek, Romana Šalehar, Špela Rozin, Jerica Pezdič, Marko Mandić, Djuna Greta Vidrih, Arne Bilbija, Nik Osmanović, Ema Kastelec, Karla Zobarič, Julija Tasić Šintler, Lara Borkovič, Ana Kastelec, Selma Hirkić, Daša Černe, Maks Petek, Lovro Žunič, Mandeya Bizovičar, Julija Henigman, Matic Romih, Boris Janičijevič, Marko Anton Potočnik, Kristina Barbo, Matjaž Bevc, Luka Cigale, Sara Krevelj, Žiga Jagodič
production
Perfo
co-production
Evolution Films, La Sarraz Pictures, Biberche, Film Studio Viba Film, Zvokarna
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre, Czech Film Centre, Czech Film Fund, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism - MiBACT, The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Film Center Serbia
distribution
Fivia
Nejc Gazvoda

Nejc Gazvoda (1985) is the director, screenwriter, and novelist who received the Prešeren Award (the highest university recognition) for his diploma work in film and television directing, Fragma: An Ounce of Luck (2008). His feature debut A Trip (2011) has received awards at numerous international film festivals and was nominated for the Slovenian Academy Award. As a screenwriter, he participated in Personal Baggage (2009, J. Lapajne) and Class Enemy (2013, R. Biček). After the internationally acclaimed film Dual (2013), The Father Figure is his third feature film.

“Role Model is a film about a very specific period, the middle of 2021. At the same time, the film is my journey into the years of primary school and adolescence, which with each passing year seems more unusual, unnatural, just like the time we currently live in after the horrifying 2020.”

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

Awards:
2 Vesna Award awards (Festival of Slovenian Film, 2023)