Playing Men

  • Feature Documentary-Fiction Film
  • 60’
  • 2017
  • Slovenia

While filming a documentary on men and play, the director runs into a major creative block. In the period that follows he begins to feel his surroundings as part of the game. His childhood memories and images of the unfinished project integrate into an ode to the absurdity of gesture.

Director Matjaž Ivanišin
Awards 4 awards
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Štigličev Pogled Award
best directing
2018
Special Mention
jury prize
2018

Jury statement: An exciting and distinct cinematic exploration of manhood, competitiveness and the progression from innocence to toxicity, of the games we play.

Festival Award
for Artistic vision
2018

Jury's justification: For its strong, memorable and vibrant cinematic language, its bold and surprising storytelling and its creative and alternative approach to the way we see men. In Playing Men, the male state of being is addressed in a funny, timely and touching way.

NIS 10,000 prize Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israel Film Council

Vesna Award
best documentary
2017

Duhovit dokumentarec, ki nas pelje preko fizične do mentalne igre, dokler tudi igra sama ne izgine in v njej ostane samo pesem. Bivanjsko tesnobo, ki jo povzroči odsotnost Igre, avtor z ironično avtosamorefleksijo izkoristi, da se skupaj z njim spomnimo Igre, igranja in igrivosti.

Budapest, Hungary
2018
Production countries
Slovenia
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Aspect ratio
1,66:1 // 5:3
Duration and length
60 minutes
Colour
Colour (some sequences in b/w)
Screening formats
digital DCP
Budget
Budget estimate
135,315 EUR
Grants
60,000 EUR
public call / Production
2013

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