Gregor Božič

Gregor Božič

Gregor Božič was born in 1984 during the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, in Nova Gorica, a Slovenian town on the border with Italy. He studied film directing at the AGRFT in Ljubljana, the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and the DFFB in Berlin. Apart from working as a film director and director of photography, most notably together with the director Matjaž Ivanišin (Playing Men in 2017 and Oroslan in 2019), Gregor is also involved in long-term research into Mediterranean autochthonous fruit varieties. In 2012, he collaborated with farmers from the Italo-Slovene borderland in setting up a gene bank orchard. It was during this time that he collected numerous memories and stories from the 20th century, which inspired his debut feature, Stories from the Chestnut Woods (2019). Stories from the Chestnut Woods had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and has been screened at numerous international film festivals.