Movie Valley of Peace (1956.)

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A young girl and boy lose their families in an air raid.


82 min






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Valley of Peace

For the second time, Slovenian director France Štiglic managed to break into the official program of the Cannes Festival (for the first time it was with his debut film On Our Own Land (Na svoji zemlji)). This time it had an incomparably elaborate realization as well as a pacifist theme that was extremely welcome in global cinema in those years. In this movie, too, the plot takes place in times of World War II, in a small Slovenian village suffering from the attack by American bombers. On this occasion, little Marko (director Tugo Štiglic's son) and German-born girl Lotti (Eveline Wohlfeiler) are left without parents and end up in a local orphanage. Lotti tells Marko that she has heard of the "valley of peace," an area where there is no war at all, and they decide to run away to find it. Along the way, fate crosses their paths with an American paratrooper, who has managed to escape from a crashed plane and he helps them avoid capture by German soldiers and joins them in their search for the utopian place. Oddly enough, at Cannes in 1956, the film was awarded for Best male actor, it was awarded to John Kitzmiller, known for Albert Lattuade's film No Mercy (Bez milosti), but was later left without any major honors at a local Pula festival: it received only a special diploma and the Gold medal Arena (Kitzmiller and Wohlfeiler), and the scenography award (Ivo Spinčić), but it is significant that the two films with the most awards, My Son Don't Turn Around (Ne okreći se sine) by Branko Bauer and Vladimir Pogačič's Big and small (Veliki i mali) were based on the relationships between children and adults in the World War II as well, all of it with a strong domestic stamp. Probably that was the main reason why the Valley of Peace (Dolina miru), which approached the same problem in a cosmopolitan way, would remain in the background, despite having a distinctly Yugoslav character, edited by a well-known Croatian professional Radojka Ivančević (later Tanhofer). The movie, in the restored version, was listed in the "Cannes Classic" program in 2016. Author: Nenad Polimac

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