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Delo - Slovenia | 31/05/2006

Bostjan Hladnik's last dance in the rain

The enfant terrible of Slovenian film has died. Bostjan Hladnik passed away on May 30, aged 77. "It always rains when someone dies. That's how it was in Russian films, and that's how it was in Hladnik's films... And yesterday it rained all day long in Slovenia," Zenja Leiler and Damjan Kozole write. "With his touseled hair he brought modernism to Slovenian films; he gave them divas, a spirit of playfulness and the bizarre, pop art, sex and rock and roll, but also dogma... Bostjan Hladnik was a giant of the Slovenian and Yugoslavian film industry. He was a cinematic poet and a provocateur." After earning his degree in Slovenia, Hladnik left for France, learned his art from Chabrol, de Broca and Siodmak and brought the French Nouvelle Vague back with him to Slovenia. "His first film, 'Ples v dezju' (Dance in the Rain), made in 1961, was voted Slovenia's film of the century."

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