Slovenia, Germany, France
This topic seems extremely interesting to me for further exploration of the multiplane collage technique that I used in my previous film NIGHTHAWK. Due to its pronounced fluidity, the multiplane technique can also very cunningly create different illusions of space and hypnotic transitions between them. This allows the story to be narrated in a unique way that is only possible in the world of animated film. The central part, in which the protagonist grills the steak, is in this regard particularly fitting. The smoke that is then released fills the room, making our eyes water and giving us a reality that can very well flirt with an illusion. In this manner also the sound of the film has been built, with sizzling, humming and crackling of the kitchen utensils.
With this film I want to invade the privacy of a couple. I want to observe the mechanisms through which their lives run. Where is the border between normal and abnormal? I wonder why someone allows him- or herself to become a victim and why does the other need this sacrifice? Is it possible that the hangman and his victim are happy in their relationship? Above all, I want to immerse myself in the atmosphere of a closed apartment, unspoken words and constant fear.
In 2018 Špela was invited to become a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
2021 - STEAKHOUSE
2017 - OINTB UNRAVELED
2016 - NIGHTHAWK
2013 - BOLES
2010 - LAST MINUTE, co-dir. Marina Rosset
2008 - MARATHON, co-dir. Izabela Plucinska
2007 - LOVESICK
2004 - ZASUKANEC
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Špela Cadež
Written by: Gregor Zorc
Produced by: Tina Smrekar, Špela Cadež, Fabian Driehorst, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Olivier Catherin
Editing: Iva Kraljevic
Original Score: Olfamož , Tomaž Grom
Sound: Johanna Wienert
Animation: Špela Cadež, Anka Kocevar, Zarja Menart, Clémentine Robach
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2022