Movie On Our Own Land (1948.)

110 min

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Set in the small Slovenian village, it tells the story of its residents who lived under German occupation after Italian defeat in 1943. While helping the partisans, the residents looked forward to upcoming liberation.

1948.

110 min

HD

Slovenia

Genre

Drama

Production

Triglav film

On Our Own Land

The first post-war Slovenian feature film was made after the first Serbian and Croatian films, but it also had one major advantage: it was accepted into the official program of the Cannes Festival. The film received no accolades there, but the very fact that it made its way among the world's elite means a lot. It was produced by Triglav Film, the only Slovenian company for this kind of work at that time; directing was entrusted to France Štiglic, former participant in the Partisan resistance, who immediately contributed to the realization of appropriate documentaries in the new socialist republic, which was the best recommendation to entrust him with this engagement. The screenplay was written by Ciril Kosmač, based upon his novel Očka orel (Daddy Eagle); later, Kosmač has co-authored with Štiglic in two other films, the Golden Arena award-winning partisan drama The Ballad of Trumpet and the Cloud (Balada o trubi i oblaku, 1961) and the acclaimed comedy That Wonderful Day (Onog lijepog dana, 1962). The story of the film On Our Own Land (Na svoji zemlji) is set in 1943, in the small village of Baška grapa in the Slovenian region Primorska. The Italians are about to capitulate, the Germans already control much of the country, but the partisans are a force to be reckoned with because they are supported by the locals. The German officer Kutchera (Franjo Kumer) estimated well that the partisans were his most dangerous enemies, so he terrorized the peasants in order to find out where their strongholds were. It's all in vain, because even the mother of Stane, who fought in the Spanish Civil War (France Presetnik), while they are taking her to be executed by firing squad, takes off her shoes to spend her last moments barefoot "on her own land". Even though in the last part of the film the Partisans have a new enemy, the "allied imperialist reactionary forces", Trieste will be "liberated". At least temporarily. This debut film of a small cinematography, in which none of the key film crew members had much experience in making a movie, does not yet have a visual texture which Slovenian filmmakers will soon master, but during the prewar period there were only two documentary films about the Slovenian Alps, so flourishing in the 50s and 60s will be a commendable feat. Assistant director Jože Gale later became one of the veterans of Slovenian film, and director of photography Ivan Marinček an esteemed master of his craft in Yugoslavia. Author: Nenad Polimac

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