Slovenia has submitted Sonjan Prosenc’s History of Love, a story of a young woman coming to terms with the death of her mother, for consideration in the international feature Oscar category.
The drama — Prosenc’s second feature — was chosen by a jury from the Association of Slovenian Filmmakers, who said it was “an unconventional film, characterized by the superb contributions of all team members who were so clearly tuned into a single story, it would be difficult to add or take anything away.”
History of Love tells the story of 17-year-old Iva, who is coping with the death of her mother. The huge loss — and the discovery that she actually knew little about her mother — prompts her to sink into an altered reality, a dream-like state where she examines what is important to her in life.
Through strong images and direction, viewers are drawn into Iva’s inner world, where she confronts her mother’s secret past and through it seeks to find meaning in new relationships.
History of Love , which has its world premiere in the main competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2018, stars Doroteja Nadrah, Kristoffer Joner, Matej Zemljic, Zita Fusco, Zoja Florjanc Lukan and Matija Vastl. It was produced by Slovenia’s Monoo with co-producers Nefertiti Films (Italy) and Incitus Film (Norway) with the support of Eurimages.
It received its North American premiere in the inaugural Breakout section of Slamdance, the sister festival of Sundance.
“This is a film that speaks with silence, not with words, and does not underestimate the view, but provides him the the space for his own reflection,” said Slovenia’s Oscar selection committee.
Slovenia has been submitting films to the Oscars most years since 1993; in 2011, its choice Silent Sonata was disqualified because officials forgot to submit the pic.
The 92nd Academy Awards are set to be held Feb. 9, 2020.