The Hour of Death

by Tomaž Gorkič

Smrtna ura, 2024, fiction, 2.39:1, c, 11 min


The morbid and sometimes cynical narrative follows the life of Urban, who is trapped in impersonal and monotonous daily patterns from birth to death. Years pass relentlessly as Urban grows up and ages, with tireless repetitions persistently dominating his monotonous daily life like a working machine. However, just before death, a glimmer of the meaning of life dawns upon Urban.

Tomaž Gorkič
based on the book by
Kostja Gatnik
Tomaž Gorkič
Deja Škerjanc
Teo Rižnar, Boštjan Kačičnik, Iztok H. Šuc
director of photography
Igor Pečoler
music composer
Boštjan Kačičnik, Dana Greif
film editor
Tomaž Gorkič
production designer
Zoran Lesjak
costume designer
Sanja Grcić
key make-up artist
Eva Uršič
sound designer
Boštjan Kačičnik
Boris Cavazza, Sebastijan Cavazza, Mark Jacob Cavazza, Julijan Pop-Tasič, Natan Resnik, Tina Šulc Resnik, Pia Nikolič
666 Productions
Zvorkarna, NuFrame, Kerozin
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film
Slovenian Film Centre
Tomaž Gorkič

Tomaž Gorkič is a film, television and theatre director and scriptwriter, working in Slovenia and Italy. His filmography includes directing two genre feature films and over ten short films, which have been screened at numerous film festivals around the globe and have received more than 50 international film awards. His feature debut Idyll/Killbillies (2015) was defined as ”the first true Slovenian horror film” and also as ”the most radical Slovenian movie after the independence” (Marcel Štefančič Jr., Mladina). It received 21 international film awards. His second feature satirical horror film The Curse of Valburga premiered at Sitges Film Festival in 2019 and has received 8 international film awards. Both films were released in cinema, on VOD and DVD in different countries around the world.