Kurja polt Genre Film Festival
|Kurja polt, festival žanrskega filma|
|Trubarjeva 22, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 284 327|
|Frequency||annual (2020 edition partially spread out throughout 2020)|
|Festival dates||18.9.2014 - 21.9.2014|
16.4.2015 - 19.4.2015
13.4.2016 - 17.4.2016
19.4.2017 - 23.4.2017
18.4.2018 - 22.4.2018
18.4.2018 - 22.4.2018
9.4.2019 - 14.4.2019
9.7.2020 - 13.9.2020
|Maša Peče, President, Programmer|
|Neža Kos, Production|
The stated motto of the festival is "cults, classics and genre-benders". The section of contemporary films rather firmly adheres to the genre-bending approach. Consequently, the chosen films are very diverse and can even include historic Tollywood blockbusters. Some of the selected films include Child of God (James Franco, 2013), Alléluia (Fabrice du Welz, 2013), What We Do in the Shadows (Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, 2014), Bahubali: The Beginning (S. S. Rajamouli, 2015), Demon (Marcin Wrona, 2015,) and Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler, 2015).
Retrospectives are either thematically or author focused, for example: the "urban versus rural" selection (from Boorman's Deliverance to cannibal exploitation film); a presentation of the oeuvre of the cult italo-horror director Mario Bava (his son, also a movie author, was that year's guest speaker); or the trope of the final girl (a concept taken from the work of the theorist Carol J. Clover), paying tribute to prominent female figures and roles. Examples of such films are I Spit on Your Grave (Meir Zarchi, 1978) and Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977).
Also, in collaboration with Kraken Film Society, the 2016 edition chose as its focus the cyber-gothic surrealist H. R. Giger, who was presented through a documentary (Belinda Sallin, 2014) and by a selection of Giger's short films curated by Laura Walde and John Canciani of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.
The accompanying programme usually deals with segments of the cultural universe that are connected in some way to horror film, for example, a workshop on creating comic books and film posters (naturally with a somewhat darker accent) and a lecture on the history of Italian horror comics called "Fumetti dell’orrore" held byof the Stripolis Institute. Other features in the accompanying programme include poster exhibitions, film criticism and other workshops, and more.
- Slovenian Cinematheque
- Kinodvor Cinema
- Kraken Film Society
- Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival