The Family

Through his crafty use of a jumbled timeline, Biček succeeds in bringing something to life that can – quite justifiably – be called the documentary version of Boyhood. Very gently, he accompanies Matej on all his discoveries and adventures. In this way, we get to know and like the protagonist. Sometimes we even want to shake or help him because we almost feel physically present. The Family succeeds in achieving a crazy and yet so valuable cinematographic endeavour, that of bringing time to a standstill for the audience. In less than two hours, ten years of real life pass by. (Marco Zucchi, Semaine de la critique, Locarno)

Director's Biography
Rok Biček
Born in Novo mesto, Slovenia. After directing two short films that screened at festivals worldwide he made “Class Enemy”, which won the International Film Critics’ Week at the 70th Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the 2014 European Lux Prize. With his company Cvinger Film he produced “Up”, a documentary about the life of Gal Jakič, flag bearer of the Slovenian Paralympic team.

Film Selection: Družina (The Family, 2017, doc) — Razredni sovražnik (Class Enemy, 2013) — Lov na race (2010, short) — Dan v Benetka (2009, short)
Competition Documentary 2018
Rok Biček
Slovenia / Austria 2017
106 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Rok Biček
Cinematography Rok Biček
Editing Rok Biček, Yulia Roschina
Sound/Sounddesign Julij Zornik
With Matej Rajk, Nia Kastelec, Barbara Kastelec, Alenka Rajk, Boris Rajk, Mitja Rajk, Ivka Gruden, Emanoela Škulj, Robert Krese, Aleksej Kastelec, Estera Dvornik, Gabrijela Simetinger
Producer(s) Erna Gorse Biček, Rok Biček
Cvinger Film, Zwinger Film, RTV Slovenija
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Semaine de la critique, Locarno 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere