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From the branch that leans over the water, the kingfisher suddenly dives in. A few moments later he is back on the branch – holding a fish looking much too big for his size.

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The osprey, extremely rare guest in these parts, arouses curiosity but also fear among other birds. But it's only interested in fish. Soon a life of one of them ends in osprey’s talons.

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The goshawk, eager to get some fresh food after a long winter, impetuously dives towards mallards swimming in the lake.

All of this is taking place just outside an industrial town on the land, where just two decades ago there was almost no life to be found.


OFFICIAL TRAILER

BIRDS OF THE LAKES RETURN is an excellent display of how humans can rehabilitate and restore an area where a heavy industry polluted the water so severely that it was unsuitable to sustain any kind of life.

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BIRDS OF THE LAKES RETURN

is a film showing how birds returned to an environment once devastated by industry. The lakes around the northern Slovenian town of Velenje, placed in the Central Europe, are geographic centre of the film. They emerged as the land above the lignite mines subsided and the depressions were filled with water. The mines started operating at the end of the 19th century. In the mid 20th century a thermoelectric power plant was built that caused a severe pollution of the lake waters to the extent of the lakes not being fit for any kind of life. As a consequence many birds moved from these parts. After a long ecological restoration that started in the mid 1980s, life returned to the water. Gradually the birds returned as well, including some there were previously never observed in this area.

This documentary called BIRDS OF THE LAKES RETURN could just as well be called The Secret Life of Birds. The author unveils astonishing details from the lives of birds. Some of them live in the vicinity of the people but are hardly ever spotted. We follow birds through one-year period – their struggle for survival in winter conditions; The arrival of migrants birds in the spring who spent winter down south; nesting and mating period; the autumnal migrations and the preparation for the winter for those who stay,... Some other animal species, whose life is intertwined with birds, are also included. This thematically rounds the story/stories.

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SCREENWRITER

PRODUCER

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Matej Vranič

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Karmen Skornšek

CAMERA

Matej Vranič

Jernej Župevc

Andrej Voje

Denis Horvat

CAMERA ASSISTANT

Karmen Skornšek

DRONE OPERATOR

Matej Nareks

Tadej Živko

Boris Branović

PHOTOGRAPHY

Matej Vranič

ARCHIVE PHOTOS

Lojze Ojsteršek

Rudi Ramšak

EDIT & COLOR GRADE

Matej Vranič (film)

Matej Nahtigal (trailer)

COMPOSER OF FILM MUSIC

Leon Firšt

ORIGINAL SOUND

Matej Vranič

Karmen Skornšek

ARCHIVE SOUND EFFECTS

James Lidster

Joost van Bruggen

The British Library

Prirodoslovni muzej

Slovenije – Tomi Trilar

Pond5 

ANIMATION / VISUAL EFFECTS

Džezz produkcija

Media Vibre

Jernej Župevc

ILLUSTRATOR

Matevž Urbančnik

FOLEY ARTIST

Matej Vranič

SOUND EDITOR

Borut Justin

NARRATOR

Philip Burt (English film)

Jure Longyka (Slovenian film)

STORY WRITER

Marjan Žiberna

ENGLISH TRANSLATOR

Nina Mesner

ENGLISH TEXT EDITOR

Julian Kenneth Hoffman

Julia Henderson

SCIENTIFIC ADVISER

Dr. Davorin Tome

Dr. Tomi Trilar

PRODUCTION

Fotokom

BIRDS OF THE LAKES RETURN

Wildlife documentary film

TEHNICAL DATA

Full HD 1080p

color 25fps

stereo sound

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Matej Vranič

spent two years following the life of the birds, living in and around the lakes, with the camera. He completed this demanding job thanks to 30 years of his private interest in the animal world and 20 years of professional work in the fields of photography and filming. Among others he prepared material for many published articles in the National Geographic Slovenia.

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WITH THE COOPERATION OF

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SCHEDULE

THE FILM WILL BE SCREENED IN ALL ART CINEMAS IN SLOVENIA FROM 27. OCTOBER 2018.

LJUBLJANA

KINODVOR - LJUBLJANSKA
PREMIERA FILMA

četrtek, 29. 11. 2018 / 16:45

Mala dvorana

sobota, 1. 12. 2018 / 17:45

Dvorana

sobota, 15. 12. 2018 / uro objavimo kmalu

sobota, 16. 12. 2018 / uro objavimo kmalu


VELENJE

Festival Velenje -
Kino Velenje

petek, 30. 11. 2018 / 19.45

Velika dvorana

sobota, 1. 12. 2018 / 17.30

Mala dvorana

nedelja, 2. 12. 2018 / 17.15

Velika dvorana

sobota, 8. 12. 2018 / 17.30
sobota, 8. 12. 2018 / 18.45

Mala dvorana

ponedeljek, 10. 12. 2018 / 17.30
ponedeljek, 10. 12. 2018 / 18.45

Velika dvorana

nedelja, 16. 12. 2018 / 19.00

Mala dvorana


ŠOŠTANJ

Kulturni dom Šoštanj


RADOVLJICA

Linhartova dvorana
Radovljica

BELTINCI

Kulturni dom Beltinci
petek, 1. 2. 2019 / uro objavimo kmalu


CELJE

Mestni kino Metropol
Celje


DOMŽALE

Kulturni dom Franca Bernika Domžale
sobota, 1. 12. 2018 / 18:00
nedelja, 9. 12. 2018 / 16:00
sobota, 15. 12. 2018 / 16:00


HRASTNIK

Kino HRASTNIK


IZOLA

Art kino Odeon Izola


IDRIJA

Filmsko gledališče Idrija
sobota, 01. 12. 2018 / 18:00


PTUJ

Mestni kino Ptuj


ROGAŠKA

Kino Rogaška
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu


SEVNICA

Kino Sevnica
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu

KRŠKO

Kulturni dom Krško


BREŽICE

Kino Brežice
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu


SLOVENJ GRADEC

Kino Kulturni dom
Slovenj Gradec


SLOVENSKA BISTRICA

Kino Slovenska Bistrica
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu


SEŽANA

Kosovelov dom Sežana


ŠMARJE

Kino Šmarje
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu


ŠKOFJA LOKA

Kino Sora Škofja Loka
petek, 7. 12. 2018 / 19:00
nedelja, 9. 12. 2018 / 18:00


VRHNIKA

Kino Vrhnika
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu


ŽIRI

Kino Svoboda Žiri
Datum in uro objavimo kmalu

CONTACT


FOTOKOM, Matej Vranič s.p.

STANTETOVA ULICA 8

3320 VELENJE

SLOVENIA (EU)


E: fotokom@matejvranic.com

M: 0038631289111