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Bright Black

A desperate painter struggling with artistic and financial hardship pawns his beloved grandfathers armchair. This mundane action propels him on a fantastic journey which transforms his view of reality.

  • Rene Maurin
    Proverb Nr. 14 (2014), Caliber 0.46 (2003), Summa Summarum (2002), Life as from Inside (2000), I saw Elvis! (1999), JunkArt (1998)
  • Rene Maurin
  • Jožica Blatnik
  • Primož Pirnat
    Key Cast
  • Lučka Počkaj
    Key Cast
  • Branko Šturbej
    Key Cast
  • Ivo Barišič
    Key Cast
  • Aljoša Ternovšek
    Key Cast
  • Max Sušnik
  • Jan Lovše
  • Sebastijan Duh
  • Rudi Jeseničnik
    Sound Mix
  • Neža Zinajič
    Art Designer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Svetlo črna
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Noir Comedy, Tale, Drama
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
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    Digital 2K RAW
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  • 11. South East European Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    May 1, 2016
  • 3. Silk Road Film Festival
    Dublin, Ireland
    March 16, 2016
  • 19. George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
    Florence, USA
    March 3, 2016
    Student Narrative and Best of Show award.
  • 2. Beeston Film Festival
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    February 17, 2016
  • 12. Bronx International Film Festival
    New York, USA
    January 26, 2016
    New York
  • 3. New Wave International Film Festival
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    January 15, 2016
  • 2. Broken Knuckle Film Festival
    New York, USA
    December 24, 2015
  • 35 Anniversary VGIK International Festival
    Moscow, Russia
  • 9.International Film festivаl „Prvi kаdаr -9 lives“
    Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • 2. First Step International Film Festival
    Tirana, Albania
    November 14, 2015
  • 12. Naoussa International Film Festival
    Naoussa, Greece
  • 4. LET'S CEE Film Festival
    October 1, 2015
  • Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers Film Festival
    Bitola, Macedonia
    September 20, 2015
  • 21. International Short Film Festival in Drama
    Drama, Greece
  • 4. Tetova International Film Festival ODA
    Tetova, Macedonia
  • 11. BUSHO Budapest Shot Film Festival
    Budapest, Hungary
  • 13. IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
    Balchik, Bolgaria
  • 21. Palm Springs International ShortFest and Film Market
    Palm Springs, USA
    June 18, 2015
  • 4. Broke International Student Film Festival
    Detroit, USA
    April 29, 2015
  • 62. Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival
    Belgrade, Serbia
    March 24, 2015
  • 4. ClujShorts
    Cluj, Romania
    March 26, 2015
  • 5. Ca'Foscari International Short Film Festival
    Venice, Italy
    March 19, 2015
  • 17. Festival of Slovene Film
    Portorož, Slovenia
    September 13, 2014
  • University of Ljubljana
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Prešeren Prize for student achievements 2014
Director Biography - Rene Maurin

Rene Maurin (*1971) is a Slovene / German director born in ex-Yugoslavia. He attended education in the United States, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia and could be described as swaying between film and theatre medium. After his graduation in theatre directing he filmed a series of documentary films for the Slovenian national Television and won the attention of the film critics with films such as I saw Elvis! (1999) and Life, as from inside (2000). In the next decade, he directed some theatre performances which reaped wide acclaim and selected awards in Slovenia and abroad. After wishing to start focusing on fiction film for a longer while, he enrolled the master course of film directing at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana in 2012. Bright Black is his Master thesis film and his first fiction film.

Director's Filmography:
2014 Bright Black, short fiction, AGRFT Slovenia, 25’
2011 Proverb Nr. 14, short silent, AGRFT Slovenia, 7’
2003 Caliber 0.46, documentary, TV Slovenia, 25’
2002 Summa Summarum, documentary, TV Slovenia, 50’
2000 Life, As from Inside, documentary, TV Slovenia, 50’
1999 I saw Elvis!, documentary, TV Slovenia, 25’
1989 JunkArt, documentary, TV Slovenia, 25’

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Director Statement

I generally always strived to pursue a particular social reflection using whichever weapon available. However, I soon started sensing that faithful portraits of society fail at deepening the discourse and once again saturate the audience with realism widely served via media. Additionally, the depiction and the analysis rarely offer a solution to the issues addressed. Apparently art can not fundamentally change the society, yet it may attempt more than a faithful mirror - a brainchild of the technical means of reproduction. Perhaps a rotation of the subject or an attitude which can suggest at least a temporal resolve.

Doomed to the inner quarrel between contempt and adoration, philanthropy and misanthropy and similar nuisances, I try to remain a gloating voyeur and a reporting witness of the overlooked. Or to entertain and distract, without breaching the feeble contract with own standards.