Directed by Gregor Božič, drama, 81 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Gregor Božič, Marina Gumzi
With Massimo De Francovich, Ivana Roščić, Giusi Merli, Tomi Janežič, Anita Kravos, Nataša Keser, Janja Majzelj, Matija Solce, Marko Brecelj
The time of the Second World War. A small village surrounded by chestnut woods in the valley on the Italian-Slovene border abounds with stories from both the present and past, real and imagined. One of them is of Mario, a reclusive and stingy old carpenter grieving over his late wife. By chance, he encounters and befriends Marta, a young chestnut seller who dreams of leaving home and starting a new life abroad.
This is a melancholic, poetic tale about the disappearance of small communities, the haunting presence of the past and the power of imagination. Stories From The Chestnut Woods has an intoxicatingly beautiful cinematography and the sad, languorous fluidity of a dream.
With the support of the Slovenian Film Center and the Embassy of Slovenia in Brussels