Koper again Hosts Giro Giro Film – A Week of Colourful Film-related Happening for Children, Families and Youth

Koper again Hosts Giro Giro Film – A Week of Colourful Film-related Happening for Children, Families and Youth

Between 11 and 17 November, the city centre of Koper will come alive with colourful film-related events that will stir the imagination of all generations, from the youngest to the young, their parents and also grandparents of course. For the second year in a row, Otok’s film education event Giro Giro Film – Days of Films for Children, Families and Youth brings film screenings of the latest exciting stories from all over the world, film history, various workshops for children and adults and a lot of socialising through which we will discover the world of the moving images at the Koper Youth Centre and the Gravisi Mansion.

Socialising at Film Events for the Entire Family

At the Koper Youth Centre, we will kick off with a programme for the youngest. On Wednesday, 13 November, we will follow the pictorial story Three Little Goats and Other Stories from Butai performed by a kamishibai theatre group. We will also be joined by the legendary book – and now also animated – character Muri the Cat (Boris Dolenc, Jernej Žmitek, 2018). Pre-school children will be able to watch Moomins and the Winter Wonderland (Ira Carpelan, Jakub Wronski, 2017), where a truly magical winter festivity awaits us. In the morning on Sunday, 17 November, we will move to the Gravisi Mansion, where The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear (Philip Einstein Lipski, Jørgen Lerdam, Amalie Næsby Fick, 2017) will take us on an amazing journey.

At a shadow puppets workshop, children over the age of six will be able to learn about how they are made and used in puppet shows and film animation. We will also watch short films by the pioneer of silhouette animation Lotte Reiniger. In the afternoon, we will return with new episodes of Koyaa (Kolja Saksida, 2019), in which the popular character Koyaa and his friend Mr. Raven get involved in playful adventures with everyday objects.

Often, films open the door to the worlds of other people that we would otherwise not get to know up close, they teach us to wonder about the world around us and to think critically. In Koper , the Film Club will again open its doors, which will remain open throughout the school year. It will offer regular film-related meetings accompanied by talks, critical reflection and film festival programming. On Thursday, 14 November, we invite children aged between 12 and 15 to the introductory meeting where we will present the programme of the Film Club. After it, we will join the fun road adventure of two teenagers in Goodbye Berlin! (Fatih Akin, 2016), which received the 2017 EFA Young Audience Award. The next day, we will be able to see this year’s winner, also the favourite of the young audience in Izola, Kickboxer (Johan Timers, 2018), a film about a hot-blooded girl named Bo. We will spend Saturday afternoon in the fun company of the aspiring vlogger Binti (Frederike Migom, 2019). She and her father have lived in Belgium her entire life, but now both face the threat of being forcibly deported from the country.  We will also present My Grandpa Is an Alien (Dražen Žarković, Marina Andree Škop, 2019), a sci-fi adventure film for children that has received numerous international awards. Giro Giro Film will close on Sunday with Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda, 2018), a contemporary Japanese animation about a magical journey through time. The film was nominated for the Oscar for best animated feature in 2019.

Stories about Daring Dreams for Youth

This year, in cooperation with the Koper Youth Centre, we will organise more events for the young, especially if they like not only film, but also music. With their stories, two documentaries will inspire everybody interested in searching for their own path in complicated and uncertain circumstances. On Thursday, 14 November, we will search for the path to freedom outside the traditional shackles with the rapper Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 2015). On Friday, 15 November, we will follow the incredible story about the concert that Iron Maiden’s lead singer held in the besieged Sarajevo in 1994 in Scream for Me Sarajevo!  (Tarik Hodžić, 2017). On Sunday, 17 November, Špela Čadež, the internationally most established Slovenian maker of animated films, will visit us and, after the screening of her short animated films, tell us how to create one’s dreams.

The Legends of Slovenian Cinema upon the 100th Anniversary of France Štiglic’s Birth

France Štiglic, one of the most prominent Slovenian filmmakers, will get his honorary place also at the Giro Giro Film, which will join Slovenian Film Week, an all-Slovenian project organised by the Slovenian Film Centre, Slovenian Film Archives and the Slovenian Cinematheque. This year, which marks the 100th anniversary of Štiglic’s birth, presents us with a unique opportunity to celebrate his influence on the development of Slovenian cinema. On Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 November, his legendary comedies That Beautiful Day (1962) and Don’t Cry, Peter (1964) will be screened at the Koper Youth Centre. This will be the first opportunity to see a freshly digitally restored version of Don’t Cry, Peter in Koper.

Film Workshops with European Film Education Projects

For the second school year in a row, the Otok Institute is a partner in two European film education projects supported by the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe whose contents are intended both for children and professionals in educational institutions. Two workshops will be conducted with the methodology of the Moving Cinema project. At a three-day intense film workshop for children aged between 12 and 15, we will create visual stories and make a short film. The second workshop is intended for teachers, who will perform simple exercises and will thus get a chance to again become excited about film and creative work with their pupils or students. In the framework of the European project The Film Corner, we are in the process of establishing an international film education webpage, which is why the seminar for teachers at the Giro Giro Film will present interactive exercises in film language that they will be able to use as a tool together with their pupils or students.

Giro Giro Film will take place in the centre of Koper – at the Koper Youth Centre and the Gravisi Mansion, while the school screenings will take place at Cineplexx Koper.

You can find more information and the programme at http://www.isolacinema.org/sl/filmska-vzgoja/filmsko-rajanje/

All film shows and workshops are admission free!

Giro Giro Film was organised with the help of numerous partners: Koper Youth Centre, “Santorio Santorio” Italian Community in Koper, Italian Self-Governing National Community Koper, Moving Cinema, The Film Corner, Kinoatelje.

Supported by: City Municipality of Koper, Slovenian Film Centre, Creative Europe – MEDIA, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Culture, European Social Fund.