First Feature Competition


Drama, Nature, Social Issues
European Premiere

Stories From the Chestnut Woods

Kastanimetsade lood
Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov
Director: Gregor Božič
Country: Slovenia, Italy
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:21
Language: Italian, Slovenian
Producer: Marina Gumzi
Screenwriter: Marina Gumzi, Gregor Bozic
DoP: Ferran Paredes Rubio
Editor: Gregor Bozic, Benjamin Mirguet, Giuseppe Leonetti
Cast: Massimo De Francovich, Ivana Roscic
Production: NOSOROGI, Transmedia Production


Survival had a special meaning for the people living on the borders of re-formed Yugoslavia and Italy in the wake of World War II. Locals found themselves divided on the Iron Curtain. In one such location, Slavia-Veneta, along the Italian-Slovenian border, Stories From The Chestnut Woods are told.

In the forest lives Mario, the Stingy Carpenter. Stubborn in his old age, he’s known for his competitive nature and obsession with income. He fails to notice his wife's descent into illness, one among several missed opportunities to care for his loved ones. Mario tries to impart his wisdom to Marta, the Last Chestnut Seller, who is left to tend the groves after her husband's departure. In their simple surroundings, they share fond memories, transformed into imaginative tales.

A passion for pomology led director Gregor Bozic to harvest stories of the farmers who lived along these borders. Shot on 35mm and accompanied by a theremin score, Bozic captures the poetic impermanence of their joys and sorrow in this stunning debut, an homage to a lost place and time.

Dorota Lech


Gregor Božič (b. 1984) studied at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana and the DFFB in Berlin. He has directed the short films "Hey Ho, Comrades" (2007) and "Shoes from Trieste" (2014). "Stories From The Chestnut Woods" is his feature debut.
Director's filmography: Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov (Stories From the Chestnut Woods, 2019)
  • Gregor Božič

    Sun, November 24, 2019


    Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

    Screening code: 100902
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Marina Gumzi
    Screening duration: 01:51
    Language: Italian, Slovenian

    Mon, November 25, 2019


    Elektriteater, Tartu

    Screening code: 111802
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:21
    Language: Italian, Slovenian

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

    Screening code: 160901
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:21
    Language: Italian, Slovenian






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