Urška Djukić’s Granny’s Sexual Life was nominated for the César Award, the French equivalent of the Oscars, in the Best Animated Short Film category.
It won the Best Short Film Award at the European Film Awards (EFA), held in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 10 December 2022. A total of five short films were nominated for the award, selected from among twenty nine candidates. Earlier, the film had been screened at more than fifty festivals and won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival (Finland) and the Best Animation Award at the Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Granny’s Sexual Life takes us on a short journey into the history of intimacy of a rural grandmother, summarising the relationship in which women in the first half of the 20th century, under the influence of strict church teachings and general social conventions, were seen as objects for the satisfaction of their husbands’ sexual desires. The film was inspired by the testimonies of women, which Milena Miklavčič collected in her book Don’t Play with Fire, Ass and Snakes. The screenplay was co-written by the director, who also edited the film, and Maria Bohr. Co-director and animator: Émilie Pigeard; voice actors: Doroteja Nadrah, Jure Henigman, Mara Vilar, Božena Zabret and Bojana Ciglič; music by Tomaž Grom; sound design by Julij Zornik. The film is a Slovenian-French co-production, and the Slovenian producer is Studio Virc (producer: Boštjan Virc).
“This is a remarkable compliment for the filmmaking team, Slovenian film, and the local language,” says the director of the film. “At the same time, this confirms that the subject of Granny’s Sexual Life deals with a universal truth that must be discussed. All abuse of this kind, which is still happening today, should be condemned.”
At the moment, Djukić is working on her first feature film with the working title Little Trouble Girls.
The 48th Caesar Awards will take place on 24 February in Paris.
Source: Slovenian Film Database