Master's student of the School of Arts, Urška Djukić, awarded again

Date of publication: 25. 2. 2023

At the French film awards, the multi-award-winning film, Granny's Sexual Life, by director Urška Djukić, won the César for best animated short film.

Emilie Pigeard (left) in Urška Djukić (right). Photo: EPA
Emilie Pigeard (left) in Urška Djukić (right). Photo: EPA

"We know that the French have a special status when it comes to the world of film, as they are considered the inventors of film, and great masters in the field of film art and the AV industry. That is why the César award, which is considered the highest French award in the field of film, is a tribute to Slovenian filmmakers, as it is the first award of its kind in the history of Slovenian film. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who co-created this film with me. I am grateful to everyone who believed in me, encouraged me and gave me the opportunity to express what I feel through the film. I especially appreciate older women who have the power to encourage other young women, give them support and help them overcome these outdated social patterns of subordination," Urška Djukić said upon receiving the award.

She added that the nomination was "also a confirmation that covert domestic violence against women is still a current and important topic that we must talk about, and fight against the normalisation of such slave-owning relationships between men and women as they have been upheld throughout history".

The César awards, considered the French Oscars, have been awarded since 1976.

The film Granny’s Sexual Life takes us on a short trip into the history of the rural grandmother’s intimate life, which summarizes attitudes towards women during the first half of the 20th century when, under the strict teachings of the church and the conventions of society as a whole, they were regarded as objects intended solely to satisfy the sexual desires of their husbands. The director drew her inspiration from the testimonies of real women presented in Milena Miklavčič’s book, “Ogenj, rit in kače niso za igrače”. The script for the film was co-written by the director (who also edited the film) and Maria Bohr. Émilie Pigeard served as co-director and animator, the voices were performed by Doroteja Nadrah, Jure Henigman, Mara Vilar, Božena Zabret and Bojana Ciglič, and the music was composed by Tomaž Grom.


Source: Slovenian Film Centre, a public agency of the Republic of Slovenia