Dystopias

by Sara Bezovšek

Distopije, animated, digital DCP, 1,85:1, 24, c
In postproduction Q3 2024
SI, HR

Dystopias is an experimental animation film that explores various possible dystopian futures of humanity using film and internet references. It shows the viewer different types of speculative, totalitarian, or post-apocalyptic dystopias by highlighting their most common elements: bureaucratic and technological control, control and repression by the ruling authority, economic collapse, total war, nuclear winter, environment destroyed through climate change... Dystopias is part of the multi-year project SND (Spoznavanje narave in družbe, or Nature and Social Studies) by multi-disciplinary artist Sara Bezovšek, in which the author is using the cut-and-paste technique, combining found digital material and creating new narratives through appropriation and hyper-text. Using digital images familiar to the global internet user, she aims to show how internet phenomena, clichés, memes, and iconic pop culture references are influencing our perception and shaping the world in which we all live.

screenwriter
Sara Bezovšek
director
Sara Bezovšek
producers
Jerca Jerič, Andraž Jerič
co-producers
Peter Perunović, Julij Zornik
lead animator
Martin Fir
sound designer
Julij Zornik
production
Temporama
co-production
Aerodrom.io, 001
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre
Sara Bezovšek

Sara Bezovšek (1993) is a visual artist focused on new media, experimental film and graphic design, in which she also holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, among others in Ljubljana at the Aksioma project space, Kamera in Kino Šiška, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Osmo/za, sloART, DobraVaga, P74, SCCA-Ljubljana and Ravnikar Gallery Space, online in Feral File, in Maribor at Kiblix and MFRU, in Koper at IZIS and at the Metronom gallery in Italy. SND has been showcased at the online biennial The Wrong Biennale and on the online platform Do Not Research. She was the recipient of the Prešeren Award for Students in 2018 and was nominated for the OHO Young Artist Award in 2022. She received the main award at the Ljubljana Short Film Festival (FeKK) for one of her short films in 2021 and the vesna award for the best Slovenian experimental film in 2022. In 2023 she is working on a project for the research platform [permanent beta] of the Swiss gallery Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Temporama was established in 2013 with a goal of providing support for the new generation of up-and-coming Slovenian film-makers. Their first feature film Consequences by Darko Štante premiered at Toronto IFF in 2018, followed by a considerable international success. Their most recent focus has been on producing feature films, with several titles currently in production or development, but they remain active in short form, documentary film, television content, and experimental cinema.