Date: 26 January 2023 (ended)
Time: 18:00
Category: Film
Location: Politeama Rossetti
Largo Giorgio Gaber, 1, 34126 Trieste TS


(Svegliami / Wake Me)
Marko Šantić

Slovenia – Croazia – Serbia / Slovenia – Croatia – Serbia
2022, HD, col., 85’
v.o. slovena – bosniaca / Slovenian – Bosnian o.v.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Marko Šantić, Goran Vojnović, Sara Hribar. Fotografia / Photography: Ivan Zadro. Montaggio / Editing: Vladimir Gojun. Musica / Music: Jan Vysocky. Suono / Sound: Ognjen Popić, Zoran Maksimović, Julij Zornik, Grega Švabić. Scenografia / Art Director: Marco Juratovec. Costumi / Costume Designer: Tina Bonča. Interpreti / Cast: Jure Henigman, Timon Šturbej, Nataša Barbara Gračner, Živa Selan, Jurij Drevenšek, Benjamin Krnetić, Tamara Avguštin, Blaž Setnikar. Produzione / Produced by: Vertigo Ljubljana. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Jaka Produkcija, Living Pictures. In collaborazione con / In collaboration with Hippocampe Productions, FS Viba Film, 001. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Slovenian Film Centre, Eurimages, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Center Serbia, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, SACEM in associazione con / in association with ALCIME.


Rok awakes in the hospital where he ended up unconscious due to an unfortunate incident. He has no memory of his girlfriend, his job, nor the apartment he lives in. All he remembers is his hometown and the home he shared with his mother and younger brother. Shortly after returning to his neighbourhood Rok notices that he’s no longer welcome. His family and acquaintances behave differently toward him. Slowly, he manages to piece together a mosaic of memories, realizing how problematic his past was. His younger brother is following the same path. For the first time in his life, Rok accepts responsibility; he wants to put an end to the bad family history and prevent it from repeating itself. Wake Me premiered at the latest Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

“In recent years, the world has witnessed historical revisionism–the reinterpretation of history. Younger generations are spending much more time on the Internet, where they acquire incorrect historical facts. It seems that, influenced by this, the image of history that they’re creating is completely different from what it once used to be. Due to memory loss, the film’s main character, Rok, doesn’t remember his problematic past–and, upon returning to his hometown, he begins uncovering his old ‘demons’. His amnesia caused by a head injury represents today’s contemporary individuals who generally know nothing about sharing a common past and who are more easily pushed into hostility towards other cultures and fellow citizens. This general ignorance of history is something that’s affecting us all, and it’s exactly what my fourth film is about.” (M. Šantić)

Marko Šantić
Film director and screenwriter, Marko Šantić was born in 1983 in Split, now Croatia. He lives and works in Slovenia, where in 2008 he graduated in film and TV directing from AGRFT, the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of Ljubljana University.
His films premiered at major Film Festivals obtaining international recognition and the feature Seduce Me was also Slovenian submission for the 87th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2006 Sretan put Nedime (Good luck Nedim) cm / sf; Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Cuore di Sarajevo per il Miglior cortometraggio / Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film. Days of Croatian Film – Premio della giuria per la Miglior opera prima / Jury Prize for Best Debut Film; Rupa (The Hole) cm / sf; Premio / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Menzione speciale per il miglior cortometraggio / Special Mention for Best Short Film.
Nista osobno (Nothing Personal) cm / sf; Premi / Awards: Days of Croatian Film – Premio della giuria per il Miglior regista / Jury Prize for Best Director 2013 Zapelji me (Seduce Me); Premi / Awards: Warsaw IFF – Menzione speciale Concorso 1-2 / Special Mention 1-2 Competition. Slovenian FF – Premio Vesna per il Miglior regista / Vesna Award for Best Director 2017 Moderne Kunst cm / sf; Plavi Petar (Blue Peter) cm / sf; Premi / Awards: WorldFest Houston – Remi di platino per il Miglior cortometraggio / Platinum Remi Award for Best Short Film 2018 Skupaj (Together) TV; Lada Kamenski (diretto con / directed with Sara Hribar) ; Premi / Awards: Pula FF – Premio Fedeora per il Miglior lungometraggio di finzione croato / Fedeora Award for Best Croatian Feature Fiction Film. 2021 Marko cm / sf 2022 Zbudi me (Wake Me)