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Žiga Virc starts shooting The Last Hero in Slovenia

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- Primož Pirnat, Eva Jesenovec, Bine Matoh, Jurij Drevenšek and Angeliki Papoulia star in the Slovenian-Greek-Croatian comedy-drama

Žiga Virc starts shooting The Last Hero in Slovenia
On the set of The Last Hero (© Živa Brglez)

Žiga Virc (Houston, We Have a Problem! [+see also:
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) started shooting his next feature-length film, The Last Hero, on Saturday 11 June, on location in Medvode, Slovenia. The cast list of the film is led by Primož Pirnat (seen recently in Andrej Košak’s All Against All and Metod Pevec’s I Am Frank [+see also:
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), Eva Jesenovec (the star of Urša Menart’s My Last Year as a Loser [+see also:
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), veteran actor Bine Matoh, Jurij Drevenšek (whose recent credits include Miroslav Mandić’s Sanremo [+see also:
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]
and Damjan Kozole’s Half-Sister [+see also:
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) and Greek actress Angeliki Papoulia (of Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth [+see also:
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and The Lobster [+see also:
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fame). Behind the camera, the crew includes up-and-coming cinematographer Fabris Šulin, production designer Gregor Nartnik (Tomaž Gorkič’s Idyll [+see also:
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), costume designer Tina Hribernik and make-up artist Lea Bratušek, while the script was penned by Virc and Iza Strehar (Bitch, A Derogatory Term for a Woman [+see also:
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).

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The plot revolves around France, who wants to stop a German shopping mall chain from tearing down the statue of his father, who was a national hero of the resistance movement during World War II, in order to build another mall. One of the victims of France’s personal “resistance” is his own daughter Vida, who just wants to live her life, look to the future and raise her family. Over the course of 24 hours, events will turn the lives of everyone involved upside down.

The director stated that he started developing the script in 2017 together with Iza Strehar, but filming kept being pushed back owing to funding obstacles and the pandemic, which gave him more time to reflect on the project. Producer Boštjan Virc, of principal production company Studio Virc, highlighted that he was very glad that the co-production between Slovenia and Greece came about as a natural choice because of the countries’ similar recent history of economic crises and political divisions, and the shared sense of humour that has been injected into the film.

Production of The Last Hero is entrusted to Studio Virc (Slovenia) and Sinisa Juricic at Nukleus Film (Croatia). It is financially supported by HAVC, the Slovenian Film Centre, Radio-Television Slovenia, Greek broadcaster ERT and Creative Europe – MEDIA, while Viba Film Studio provided technical support. The Greek co-producer of the film is Minos Nikolakakis, best known for producing, writing and directing the arthouse-genre hybrid Entwined [+see also:
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